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is there any particular film/dev combo that will hold together ok to get 8x10s or 11x14s in 35mm for iso 1000-1600 range?

i have some tmax 3200, delta 3200, neopan 1600, and tri-x i could use and want to get concert shots that will be enlargable, i've shot a roll of tmax 3200 (at 3200) in this situation before but have to keep it a bit under 8x10 for it to look good

thanks for any tips


-- Joe H (, April 06, 2001


I have had some good results from Delta 3200, but you're right - 10x8 does start to show up the limitations.

I have recently been trying out the New version of Delta 400. It is important that it is the new version (Lime Green writing rather than Dark Green, and a red "New" flash on the box) - as I have not had quite so much success with the older version.

I have pushed this film up to 1600, and found it very good indeed. Sharp, and fine grained, with a good range of tones. Admittedly I am using 6x7 film, but you should still find it good on 35mm.

I've found good results processing in Ilfotec-DDX, but have also seen excellent results using XTOL.

Hope this helps!

-- Ed Hurst (, April 06, 2001.

Dev times are given for New Delta 400 up to 3200, but I've never tried it myself. I suspect it would be good for the speed. Be interested in knowing results if you try this!

-- Ed Hurst (, April 06, 2001.

Try developing TMZ in Tetenal Negafin. This will give very fine grain, although at the expense of sharpness. By the way, I do not have problems with grain. It's just the tribute you have to pay to the poor lightning. I think the mood one captures without flash is more than compensating.

Cheers, Peter.

-- Peter Niessen (, April 06, 2001.

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