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Tom Duffy

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I've developed some of my first rolls of Tmax 400 in Pyrocat HD. The negs look good, the prints less so.

My usual Bergger VCCB doesn't seem particullarly suited to tmax. I got better results from Ilford Warm tone multigrade but so far not as good as tri-x 320. Pictures lack good strong whites. If I up the contrast, I lose shadow detail. I developed for 10 min at 68F in a Jobo using pyrocat at 2:2:100.

Is there a paper that would be better with tmax? I'll also try a longer development time next week, I was a bit concerned about blowing out the highlights with tmax. Any suggestions?
 

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Tom Duffy said:
Is there a paper that would be better with tmax? I'll also try a longer development time next week, I was a bit concerned about blowing out the highlights with tmax. Any suggestions?


Tom,
I've been working recently with T-Max Y (400) and Kodak's 8X10 Polycontrast IV (RC/VC) and 11X14 Polymax Fine Art (FB/VC). My first impressions were that these are the papers for T-Max films. My initial purchase was for minimum amounts of the papers to get to know them. I feel I will stick with them in larger quantities for some time.

I have found that highlights that were unprintable for me on Ilford, Berger, Forte, Luminous and Seagull are obtainable on the Kodak papers.

I think it would worth your time and money to try them to see how you feel.
 
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