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Bergger Pancro 400 processed in D-23 (not the divided version). This is my search for an ideal developer for Pancro 400, as I’ve been dissatisfied with most developer options (and now that Xtol has had multiple manufacturing issues in the past 18 months).


Plain old D-23 looks like a very promising option. This is almost a straight scan: a bit of adjustment for contrast and a wee bit of vignette, but otherwise this hasn’t needed burning or dodging to correct values, which is amazing. I chose this scene because the extremes of values were going to be difficult for the film to handle; comparing the shadow areas with the bright white clouds above the building, the separation was extreme. And yet those intense whites retained detail, as did the darkest shadow areas. This might be an ideal combination!

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Uploaded on January 26, 2021