Kentmere 400 in HC-110. Any suggestions?

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Hello,

I have shot a batch of Kentmere 400 ASA in harsh light (high contrast) and I would like to develop it in HC-110. However, I haven't found a lot of tested recipes around. Digital Truth gives only one: Dilution F, 16 min @ 20C. I've also read somewhere else Dilution B, 5 min @ 20C. Some people propose to follow the time (8 min) given in Kentmare 400 fact sheet for Ilford HC developer which is quite similar to Kodak HC-110, but it sounds too much and 5 min short. I also found someone who had tried stand and semi stand development, but I am not interested in at all.

All of the posts came out through Google are at least 2 years old. Has any Apuger experimented enough with Kentmere 400 in HC-110 to give me some guidelines? I use most the dilution H.

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I developed Kentmere 400 in HC110 dilution B for 8 minutes, negatives were OK. Lower overall contrast was because of old Summar 5cm/f2 lens and cloudy afternoon.
 

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Regardless of your decision, Kodak states that one should not use HC110 for five minutes or less developing time as this can cause uneven developing. Does not mean it will, just something to bear in mind.
 

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I find HC110 to be too contrasty in the upper mids/highlights when agitated per "normal" (initial 30 sec + 5 sec every 30 thereafter), so I just drop some of the agitations out. Most important when shot on sunny days.

If it is foggy out I will agitate closer to "normal" no matter the film.
 
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Regardless of your decision, Kodak states that one should not use HC110 for five minutes or less developing time as this can cause uneven developing. Does not mean it will, just something to bear in mind.

Thanx. I know that. That's why I say 5 is too short. I thought also that 8 min seems too much, but "darkosaric" presents his test and looks ok @ 8. However, dilution F is 2,5 times longer than dilution B, which means 6:24 min for B. As no more suggestions, I have to make my experiment somewhere between 6,5 - 8 min for dilution B or try directly F. Or someone else can offer his tested recipe.
 
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Thanx. I know that. That's why I say 5 is too short. I thought also that 8 min seems too much, but "darkosaric" presents his test and looks ok @ 8. However, dilution F is 2,5 times longer than dilution B, which means 6:24 min for B. As no more suggestions, I have to make my experiment somewhere between 6,5 - 8 min for dilution B or try directly F. Or someone else can offer his tested recipe.

darkosaric shot his roll in low contrast, and you shot yours in high contrast. Using his times will probably land you with a too contrasty negative, with limited shadow rendition unless you overexposed.
 
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