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HP5 Trouble

Discussion in 'Everything Film' started by MPB, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. Roger Hicks

    Roger Hicks Well-Known Member

    Thanks for your considered reply, and I fully take your point about scanning. As you entirely correctly say, a lower contrast, thinner negative is generally better for scanning than for enlarging, but is is unlikely to give more details in the shadows: really, that's just a matter of 'correct' exposure and development, i.e. "whatever works for you." With some scanners, the highlights (darkest bits in the neg) are likely to be the hardest bits to see through, and under-development will often help here. You don't need a drum, though: my old Konica Minolta Dimage scanner is all I've ever used at home.

    I'll still fight the corner for EI vs ISO, but really, I'd not place much faith in ISOs based on "in my experience" or in recommendations based on AA's tortured prose. ISO is almost invariably quoted honestly, and can with optimum metering be relied upon, but as in the quote you give from my own site, "because you like the tonality better" is the best reason. It's when people try and get "scientific" about it, and quote "real" speeds that I get antsy. By all means recommend lower EIs -- as I do, and as you do -- but don't conflate that with a 'real speed'.

    The beard varies. Right now it's more like Hemingway length: I wear it shorter in summer.


  2. thornrider

    thornrider In the Stop Bath

    Thank you for your reply - you really come across as a very approachable sort of guy.

    Your tutorials have always produced better results for me - and your book "The Lens Book" published by David and Charles is regularly consulted without fail when I get the urge to spend some money.

    Many thanks.

    So Hemingway it is.

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