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minoly
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Pen '59 and 400 Speed B&W

Postby minoly » Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:46 pm

When half-frame 35mm photography became popular in the 1960's it was common to recommend the use of slower speed films so that the small negative would make a good enlargement. I pretty much followed that tip, using Plux-X or APX 100 most of the time or APX 25 for a special need. One writer in Popular Photography, some years later, argued that HF users should just "get the picture" and, if that required faster film, use it. So once in a while I did that and had the best luck with T-Max 400. When I finished my second-to-last bulk roll of APX 100 this Fall, I decided to put Arista Premium 400 in the bulk loader and give it a try. The results were better than I expected and the AP was a lot easier to work with than T-Max 400. Some of this could be due to developing with D76 stock rather than 1:1 as I've done before; but, changes to Tri-X probably contributed, too. A recent set of photos that I made under unfavorable conditions-- snow on the ground , lots of blackness in the subjects, the sun high in the sky, and no meter in my pocket-- tell me that Tri-X (Arista Premium to be exact in this case) works just fine with HF. Following are a few photos from Bandana Square (former Northern Pacific shops) to illustrate.

This wheel is part of a big set-up between two shop buildings. I don't know how it works but I like its simple design

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The Arista Premium presents detail from an old locomotive pretty well.

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The old locomotive was recently re-painted. It had been two-tone before (black and white); all black seems to make it look stronger

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Even the squirrels are leaving this picnic table alone.

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(All of these photos were made at Bandana Square in St. Paul with the '59 Olympus Pen on Arista Premium 400 developed in D76 stock and scanned at home.)
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Re: Pen '59 and 400 Speed B&W

Postby Julio1fer » Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:03 pm

Nice B&W, Bill!

You have found a good combination of film and developer. There is shadow detail, and grain is excellent for half-frame and a traditional ISO 400 film. I also tend to use low ISO films in half frame, but I am taking careful note of your experiment.
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Re: Pen '59 and 400 Speed B&W

Postby minoly » Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:56 am

Thanks for your comments, Julio. I'm looking forward to what I can do with the rest of the Premium 400 that I have.
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