If you’ve read one of my later posts, Getting used to a new film, you’ll know I’ve been experimenting each roll trying to find the correct time for my specific developing method. I haven’t photographed anything much for the last few weeks, and I’ve had my Leica M2 loaded with Fomapan 400 the whole time. Finally I got the roll done this week and decided to develop it. Instead of checking my log, I figured I left it off at 7:30 at 20C (rotary development!).
So, I developed the roll according to the time in my head. After I scanned the first couple frames, which were looking very decent, I remembered that I made a mistake. 7:30 at 20C is the time I’ve been using for Fomapan 100 sheet film, I should have been trying to develop this roll at at least 8:30 according to my log. However, this roll looks just fine, right? Well here is the messed up part according to my notes.
8:55 with pre-wash at 20C is my “tried and true” time for XTOL 1+1 dilution,
So how can 7:30 without pre-wash, 1+2 XTOL at 20C look this good?
The answer is simple. For XTOL 1+2, 7:30 20C is my Tri X ‘standard’ time. And 7:30 is my Foma 100 Sheet film time. So.. Why the hell not? 7:30 would also be the best time for Foma 400 135/36 – Sometimes you just shouldn’t think too much and instead, just go with it. The result speaks for itself. I like the way it looks and let’s leave it at that. No need to get technical all the time.
“I said seven , seven minute abs, not six! “
All the times mentioned in this post are for rotary development.