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Early in March, we walked through Gowanus, toward a friend’s studio. I shot TMAX 100 in 120 size with my New Mamiya 6 (it’s not new–that’s really the name).

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In a recent post I dug up some old TMAX work I had shot and recalled how much I like that film. In 120 I think I like it even better.

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One of my favorite things about discovering or rediscovering a film is playing with different exposure times and different developers. I carry a little notebook with me so that I can note the exposure index, location, etc. and then later the development notes. I’m not very good at noting the development regimen, but I’m getting better.

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TMAX in 120 has a lovely tonal range. I have to credit the lens, too. The Mamiya 50mm is one of the sharpest lenses I’ve ever used. I made the mistake of selling my first Mamiya 6/50mm combo and then developing the last roll of color film I took with it. I had sold it because I didn’t use it much. After I got those last negatives back I kept my eye out for an affordable replacement.

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I meant to shoot some portraits of yoga teachers last weekend with TMAX 100 and my Hasselblad and 150mm lens, but I jammed up the back and shot them in 35mm with Tri-X and Plus-X with a vintage Canon body and lens instead. Next time!

Recipe:
TMAX 100 in 120 format
New Mamiya 6 with 50mm lens
3.5ml Rodinal (Adonal) in appropriate volume of water to fill tank (using 16 oz. stainless steel tank)
Agitate 1 minute, gently
Leave it alone for an hour
Pour it out, water stop bath 1 minute, fix 4 minutes, wash 1 minute, perma wash 1 minute with agitation, wash 1 minute, wetting agent (LFN) 1 minute with agitation.

I’ll keep trying different developers and see what works best. I’m very happy with how the Rodinal stand development worked out.

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