Fuji Neopan 80 Film Characteristics/Experiences?

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I have just bought several boxes of 4x5 Fuji Neopan 80 B&W film in Quickload packs, and would like to know the reciprocity characteristics (rough estimates are fine -- I don't really need a graph), and also how many zones this film covers (i.e., is it similar to Kodak T-Max, or does it have a more narrow dynamic range. Incidentally, before you ask, I ordered the film from Jeff Taugner at Badger Graphic Sales (800-558-5350).

-- Sergey Zhupanov (sergey@calltheshots.com), January 21, 2000


Sergey ; unfortunately the Japanese only data sheet for this film makes no reference to reciprocity factors (which I think is a bit peculiar for a film that is designed for commercial purposes).

It is specifically designed as a variable contrast emulsion ; at higher ratings (100-200), it can be treated as a very high contrast film, and at lower ratings (80-100), it can be treated as medium contrast, if developed in something like D-76. I've had some success in using Rodinal 1:50 for medium contrast results, but like Kodak's Tech Pan, this does seem to be quite a "fussy" film. Let me know of you want the suggested developer, times and temperatures listed on the data sheet - several of the developers are probably available only in Japan, I would guess (e.g Fuji Super Prodol).

-- David Hedley (djhedley@yahoo.com), April 05, 2000.

I haven't bought any Neopan 80 yet, but, considering the demise of TMX ReadyLoads, echo Sergey's questions. Sergey, if you've collected any data since January, would you please share them with us here? David: would you please post developers, times and temperatures from the data sheet, and tell us anything you can about your resulting curve shapes? Thanks in advance!

-- Sal Santamaura (bc_hill@qwestinternet.net), September 22, 2000.

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