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Bergger Panchro 400

Achmevlich beach The figure in the grass is Kara. Fuji GW690ii f/11 at 1/30s. Toning in Capture One

In the camera from 11th-12th July 2020. £5.50 from Analog Wonderland.

Brand Type ISO Format Exposures Camera Lens
Bergger Panchro 400 120 8 Fuji GW 690 ii Fixed Fuji 90mm
Frame Image Aperture Shutter Comment
1. Achmelvich beach f/11 1/15s tripod, yellow filter, 11 July
2. Achmelvich beach f/11 1/30s Header image
3. Achmelvich beach f/16 1/8s rocks
4. Stac Pollaidh, Suilven, Canisp f/32 1/15s
5. Stac Pollaidh, Suilven, Canisp f/16 1/60s
6. Stac Pollaidh, Suilven, Canisp f/11 1/125s
7. Stac Pollaidh f/16 1/60s from beach
8. Stac Pollaidh f/32 1/15s


I decided to "semi-stand" develop this film in Rodinal1 at 1+99 (in English, 1% solution by volume) for an hour. Stand development means no agitation: solutions must therefore be gently poured into the Paterson tank, to avoid bubbles of air being trapped between the film surfaces. This process is called semi-stand because of the turn half-way through. I followed the recipe kindly posted by Gerald Greenwood. That post is well worth a read and made me laugh out loud. Gerald seems to be a man after my own heart: bored with manly men acting like boys comparing toys, and just wanting good, consistent results.

Step Details Comment
Prep clean water About 2 litres at 20°C
Load film Load film onto spool, place in tank In Paterson bag
Mix developer Pour 495ml water onto 5ml solution -
Pre-rinse Soak the film in water 1 minute, pour out
Develop Pour developer into tank, agitate for 30 seconds, tap tank Start timer
30 minutes turn Gently turn twice and tap Removes "halo" in full stand development
60 minutes Pour out and rinse thoroughly under a tap. No stop bath needed.
Mix fixer Use 1+4 (20%) dilution: 100ml + 400ml
Fix Pour in fixer solution Bergger say 6 minutes
Agitate Once per minute for 10 seconds
Keep the fixer Pour into a bottle Reusable, 8-10 rolls of 120
Wash 2 or 3 times, with agitation Water
Rinse Lots (40) of agitation Water & drop of washing up liquid
Dry Hang, squeegee


Scanning this on an Epson Perfection V600 produces tif images with a Gray (sic) colour space that image processing software can't understand, because they require files to be in RGB colour space. Conversion is easy enough, using ImageMagick:

$ magick img20200716_02.tif -set colorspace RGB -type truecolor img20200716_02.tiff

This tends to significantly lighten the image, yet the detail is retained in highlights and shadows, and can be adjusted in Capture One.

  1. R09 One Shot. 

Last update: December 11, 2022