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Query: what do we like about Neopan 1600?
Query 2: but how can we avoid the golfball grain?
|War is Peace / Freedom is Slavery / TMX can be Neopan 1600|
Above we see a neg and 40x blowup (no sharpening whatsoever). This is TMX135, shot in a dinky little Contax T rangefinder with a 38/2.8 Sonnar, at the dead focusing minimum. Notice that you can change the curve shape to accommodate your preference? The use of glycin, sodium carbonate and a very common (and ignored) split developer can turn what is a flatly lit scene into the incredible lighting extravaganza that Neopan 1600 produces. The difference? You get it with virtually no grain, much higher definition, and at a speed you can shoot in daylight (400). Oh, yes, and did I mention that you can load it yourself for about 60 cents a roll, rather than forking over $5.00 every time (which I do with Neopan on a fairly regular basis).
Summary: Tmax 100 shot at 400, developed to replicate Neopan 1600 shot at 1600 developed in Xtol. Add 1g glycin to the first part of a split D-76 (Diafine is an easy way to buy split D-76); add 10g sodium carbonate (monohydrous) to the second.
By the way, the original Contax T has a phenomenal lens. Pretty good for something the size of a pack of cigarettes.