PyrocatHD And Fuji Acros

Fujifilm Acros 100

I have talked about PyroCatHD in one of my other posts.

In this short post, I want to mention the method I now prefer for developing Fuji Acros 100 120 roll film in Pyrocat-HD.

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.

  1. Very fine grain
  2. 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.

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