I’m still playing around with XTOL/Rodinal split. These were deved in XTOL 1:1 + Rodinal 1:100 for 7:00 minutes at 75F, which was probably about 10% longer than ideal for my preferred density. I’m a little surprised that 6ml of Rodinal shifted the density by this much. In retrospect, I’m not even sure what this combo is supposed to accomplish. At this dilution, both of these developers are compensating, and XTOL’s solven action is already greatly diminished in comparison to its stock form. I suppose if I diluted the XTOL even further there would be even less solvent action and even more compensation, but that doesn’t seem like something I really need.
I’ve finished up shooting for SOFOBOMO 2010. I’ve still got a bit of post processing to do (and redo -see the middle of the set on flickr), but I’ve got a pretty good idea of what I’ve got to work with. See the last post for a link to the set.
In other news, it’s going to break 100F today. When I developed a roll of HP5 yesterday, the developer came out at 82F even after being cut with ice water. HP5 has longer development times than TMY2, but it was still a brief 6 minutes in the soup. I should write post one day about developing in the heat, something I first learned to do in South Korea, and something I’m having to relearn in DC as we don’t have central AC.
Looking over the scans from the first rolls of 120, I’m realizing that I forgot to set vuescan’s whitepoint to 0, hence, these scans will show some – 1% is the default – areas as pure white. I had to reset vuescan to its defaults before I could get it scan 120 without crashing; resetting to defaults seems to be the vuescan panacea, but it always takes me a while to remember to put back all of my preferences.
This past weekend, I dusted off the Biogon. It’s been on the shelf for nearly a year, it’s charms forgotten for a while, but shooting a roll through it reminded me why I like this lens. Glad I didn’t sell it.
In other news, I’m considering selling both my Hexar RF bodies and the 28MM and 90MM Hexanon lenses. I’ll probably list them on the RFF classifieds sometime next week, but if any one out there is interested, leave a comment on this post. Condition of all this stuff is well used. The bodies were my daily shooters for a couple of years, so there’s the usual paint loss along the edges etc. The rangefinders are clear and accurate. Everything is functional, although one of the bodies has had the rear eyepiece lens replaced with non-standard equipment, and the other is missing the retaining screw for the frame preview lever – lever still present – and has a slightly sloppy advance mode selector – fixable if you remove the top cover. Neither lens has seen a ton of use, but both show a bit of wear on the barrel. The glass on both is fine though. I have a feeling that this would make a good kit for someone who’s interest in picture making is greater than their budget. Anyone willing to buy the whole lot gets a Domke 803 (tan), a couple of 46mm filters (B&W brand, Red, Light Green, a few others), a Vivitar 285HV, a Nikon flashy sync cord, a Stroboframe, and a bag of expired Kodak 400 UC included at no charge. Please, someone buy the whole lot so I don’t have to hassle with shipping separately. Paypal preferred, but I’ll take a check or money order if it clears.
- Hexar RF body (retaining screw for frame preview lever missing) rear cap, strap and Nikon SB 30 flash: $400
- Hexar RF body (rear eyepiece lens replaced) rear cap, strap and Nikon SB 30 flash: $400
- 28 Hexanon F2.8, front and rear caps: $500
- 90 Hexanon F2.8, generic front and rear cap: $400
I’ve attached some fairly crummy digital shots. If you need to see something in more detail, I’ll try to get something better.