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Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by Guiri, Oct 19, 2016.

  1. Guiri

    Guiri Member

    Well, last week I developed some fiim (HP5) for the first time in 20+ years. It was because I had treated myslef to a Minolta Dynax for about 20€ and I wanted to see if I still could. The first thing I forgot was that Patterson spirals should be bone dry when winding film and I only managed to get less than half loaded. Secondly 20+-year-old HP5 seems to lose some of its speed:rolleyes:. But I was just happy to get some image on film to prove that the camera was working.
    For my developer and fixer, I chose Foma's D76 equivalent and their dry fixer to keep postage costs down. I also brought a few rolls of FP4 to make some more serious tests-
    Next I'll have to tidy up the storage/darkroom to see if I can also still print:eek: Any hints on printing?
  2. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    No, but I always used to give those spirals a quick blast with a hairdryer before loading them - got them dry, and they seemed to be easier to load when slightly warm.
  3. Roger_Provins

    Roger_Provins Well-Known Member

  4. Guiri

    Guiri Member

    Thanks for the tips. Now I've got to look for an old hair dryer. Contact prints were always my test strips. Well, I battled through loads of junk and found the enlarger. Removed the dust and, to my surprise, the head still goes up and down. I wonder whether it'll switch on first time. It's a bitsa with a Meopta colour head, bellows and lens carrier from some cheapish brand and joined by a home built base, column and support..
  5. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Sounds like one of Adrian's favourites!

  6. AlexMonro

    AlexMonro Old Grand Part Deux

    Must be closer to 40 years since I last did wet printing, so I never got my head around this multigrade stuff, which I believe is all you can get these days. I used to mostly use Ilfobrom grade 3, and had a couple of small packets of grade 2 or 5 for when I needed it.

    I still remember the magic of when I first saw under the safelight the image emerging on the paper in the dev tray.
  7. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    I looked into availability of graded papers a few years ago and they were still around from a few suppliers. I would be surprised if that had changed.
  8. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Ilford VC papers are now probably better than graded, until you get to grade 5, which is no longer available. I do not say this lightly: I was a VERY late adopter of Multigrade.


  9. taxor

    taxor Well-Known Member

    The advice about test-stripping is sound. Don't worry about modern papers - they're pretty darn good. Try and be consistent with things like time/temperature when processing your prints to minimise variables and never ever be afraid to ask for advice!
  10. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    You don't really need to worry about time and temperature with papers, as they are developed to completion anyway.


  11. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Oi! I resemble that remark!

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  12. Guiri

    Guiri Member

    I like the photo's but where asre the carp?;)
  13. gray1720

    gray1720 Well-Known Member

    Sorry, it was a word commonly used when I signed up to replace cr@p.

  14. Guiri

    Guiri Member

    Well, time for an update; I cleaned uo my darkroom a bit, got hold of a cheap second hand Opemus enlarger and did some wet printing. It's all slowly coming back to me and I even got my old Minolta XG2 out and put some film through it, There's still that magic of seeing the image appear. This could become addictive.
  15. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    I have got to the point where I feel something similar as an A3 print chugs out of a printer:D. Standing up doing wet printing is not really an option for me nowadays, so that is the next-best thing.
  16. Guiri

    Guiri Member

    Sitting down and enlarging always seemed a more relaxed method than standing up. It's an absolute necessity nowadays. I don't know why Youtube videos always feature photographers standing up in the darkroom.
  17. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    Where I used to do my printing there was insufficient space to sit down.
  18. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Where I used to do my printing there was insufficient space to stand up.
  19. Andrew Flannigan

    Andrew Flannigan Well-Known Member

    so who is this c.r@p.com bloke??? ;)

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