Now that I’ve had a taste of the good stuff, I wanted better! The time had finally come go metric, get a scale and try one of the original recipes. I also needed more film so I stopped in for a couple of rolls of TMax at Florham Village Camera in Florham Park. When I got home and took them out of my pocket, I realized they were Tri-X and was quite bummed…a new part to the equation. After debating whether or not I should return them, I decided to give it a try.
Using the Caffenol-C-H recipe (see below), I have developed what seem to be perfect negatives. Without a doubt, my best so far, looking like a negative should.
Going forward, I may make tweaks here and there and will share any new info. There are enough Caffenol recipes out there to make your head swim! I hope this can help someone else move forward just a little quicker and get down to the business of shooting.
|Washing Soda (waterfree)||54 g/l|
|Vitamin C||16 g/l|
|Potassium Bromide Kbr||1 g/l (10g/l if using iodized salt)|
|Instant Coffee||40 g/l|
|Use for||general purpose, speed enhancing, low fog|
|Time @ 68 degrees F||15 minutes as a starting point|
|Agitation||standard, 10 times initially, 3 times every minute|