Fuji Acros 100 is is an excellent film but unfortunately, it is no longer made which is a real shame because for a medium format film, it has some amazing qualities.
- Very fine grain
- No reciprocity failure under 2 minutes
At first, when I used PyrocatHD with Fuji Across 100 I wasn’t very keen on the results it gave. I just couldn’t put my finger on it but the negatives just seemed to lack “sparkle“.
I later came across another photographer on one of the large format photography forums talking about the times and methods he uses for Fuji Acros 100 in PyrocatHD and so I decided to give it a try.
- Dilution: 1:1:100
- Development Time: 15 minutes
- Temperature: 21°C
- Continuous agitation for the first minute (24 inversions)
- 4 inversions at 3 1/2 minutes
- 4 inversions at 7 minutes
- 4 inversions at 10 minutes
As with all my development, I only use water for a stop bath. If you want to use standard stop-bath then with PyrocatHD it is has been said to use it at 1/2 strength.
I have to say that using this method does in-fact yield some very nice results and it produces negatives which scan very well and are printable in the darkroom on Ilford MG paper.
PyrocatHd and FP4
For my 5×4 large format photography work, I find that PyrocatHD and Ilford FP4 to be an excellent combination especially when using the Steve Sherman Extreme Minimal Agitation technique.
I have written a small post on how I use PyrocatHD and Ilford FP4 for my 5×4 large format photography work.