My experience of the film has now included about ten rolls of film only and it has become obvious that true speed is an issue. Rated at 25 this film could well be marketed at 50 ASA with little problem. I have used FX-39 as a developer so far and had no problem in producing consistent ( very full ) exposure at 25 ASA suggesting that the manufacturers claimed reserve of speed is really present. However this is perhaps the result of using a(Leica) mid yellow filter on the cameras which could have an effect on the camera metering which is not the same as its effect on the emulsion. Needless to say a strict test would have to allow for such effects.The Data Sheet is interesting but no one can really tell what the camera is doing at present with any precision.For the first time the notes on colour filters in the guide books and data sheet come into play.
The base of this film is water clear and it lacks any of the grey density of many faster products.Clear developer is turned mid-red by development and this is no doubt a sign that a layer is being removed in the tank.Fixing takes place rapidly in the usual diluted Amfix /Hypam or similar product enabling wet time to be reduced.
More interesting is the prospect of dilute Rodinal use which may have a taming effect on film contrast.At present the use of FX-39 gives grain finer than I could have expected and no complaints about sharpness. Grain is hardly visible on a focusing magnifier. You will see that shadow detail is not entirely lost , next to do is something about the highlights.
Above Photograph: The Church steps at Alaior on Menorca,This church, Santa Eulalia, dominates views of the town,try visiting the roof -or the Civil War shelters beneath.