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I have some Arista.edu 400 coming, and I'm wondering if anyone has any thoughts on developing the film in Perceptol, ID-11 and Microphen, the 3 developers I have on hand. I got the times for the 3 out of the massive development chart, but they only show the stock solution. Any ideas on the developers and diluting them to 1+1 with this film? I will be developing the film in trays, at least to start with.
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If you're developing in trays, I'm guessing this is sheet film.

I really like Arista.EDU 400/ClassicPan 400 in ABC pyro, EI 160, 12 min. at 68 deg. F. for normal contrast. Here are two examples--

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I've tried it in Acufine, which should give similer results to Microphen, if you need more speed, and it worked fine for normal contrast situations.

I've tried the rollfilm version in PMK, and that worked well, too.

Given what you have on hand, I'd guess that Perceptol will probably give the smoothest tonal transitions at the lowest speed; ID-11 will give you more speed and more grain than Perceptol, but should still be a classic look and will give you good flexibility if you are applying zone system controls; and Microphen will probably give you the most speed and probably the best sharpness, but maybe a thinner neg, which should be fine if you're enlarging.
 
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David A. Goldfarb said:
If you're developing in trays, I'm guessing this is sheet film.

Oops, yes, sheet film. It will be my first try once the lens and film arrive. Thanks!
I don't have easy access to the developers you mentioned, but will give them a try after I get my feet wet, so to speak. The pictures you posted have nice tones.
 

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I have found that J&C Classic 400, (i.e. Fortepan 400 ) film responds very well to processing in Pyrocat-HD. as such, it provides me with a higher speed companion to my favorite LF Sheet film (Efke 100). Both films respond beautifully to Staining and Tanning developers.
 
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