<< Some three years ago I ran an extensive series of tests on lith film --
not as knowledgeable then as Dave Soemarko is now, so I can't guarantee
results ;- ),
Oh, Judy is being very modest here. :) Her years of experience (and more
importantly, the notes that she has taken over the years from her own tests
and from the works of her students) have helped me tremendously in the tests
and in shortening the time need for the tests. Even information on what
doesn't work under what particular circumstances helped in proving or
disproving some hypothesis ....
>> Some of the others had other problems -- which is not to say that using
them more knowledgeably couldn't have gotten improved results,
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>> Thus I mentally tuned out any method of developing lith that would take
longer than 5 minutes.
Me too. I like to stay within 5-7 minutes. Otherwise the time starts to kill
the fun. That is why I suspect that there might be a need for a special
formula because as Judy has mentioned, although many formula can probably be
made to work, the time factor must be a consideration also.
Which is not to say it couldn't be stretched to
seven in a pinch.... but that I didn't. Also, lith is a thin emulsion
that works fast -- another point in its favor.
>> I hope and trust Dave S. will let Post-Factory publish his findings and
commentaries in the next issue, which will also (as promised) reveal the
secrets of how to get sheet film out of the pack without a thumb print...
Sure. My pleasure.