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Thread: Arista Ortho Litho 2.0 Versus APHS?

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    Arista Ortho Litho 2.0 Versus APHS?

    So, "back in the day," meaning 5-10 years ago, many folks here and elsewhere in the alt photog community were using Freestyle's APHS ortho litho film as a cheap alternative to conventional sheet film for use in pinhole cameras and alternative printing methodologies. But APHS film has been off the market for several years now.

    This last week I found a few remaining packs of APHS in my darkroom film storage cabinet, and intend on pursuing some experiments with what remains in my personal stock, but meanwhile I was exploring Freestyle's website and found their replacement to APHS, what they call Arista Ortho Litho 2.0 film. The online data sheet suggests the new film is even higher in contrast than the older, but I'd like to inquire if anyone here on F295 has recent experience in using this new film.

    I've ordered a pack myself to experiment with, and might end up doing some rudimentary comparison between the two films. As for cost, the new film is about 22 cents per 4x5 sheet, on par with the cheaper brands of RC paper, so it seems like it's still the bargain it once was, provided I can control the contrast and get a decent tonal range.

    ~Joe
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    I received my shipment of Arista Ortho Litho 2.0 film from Freestyle Photo on Saturday, and today began a series of test exposures under soft daylight, using the Speed Graphic with Fujinon 135-5.6 lens. I found the film support and emulsion appear identical to Freestyle's now defunct APHS film, and the package indicates AOL2.0 to be manufactured in Japan. For a developer I had also ordered a bottle of Tetenal Centrabrom-S, low-contrast paper developer, which I mixed 1+15 (5.5ml+80ml) and processed in my Jobo daytank.

    My best results under indirect north-facing daylight were to rate the film at EI=6, while under direct cloudy skies I rated it at EI=12. I have yet to perform any tests under bright sunny conditions, but expect the results to be very harsh, necessitating further experiments with dilute film developer.

    Here are a few images, scans of prints enlarged to 8"x10" onto Ilford MG RC WT paper.

    ~Joe



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    Try developing it using HC-110 in a dilution of 6ml syrup to 1l water @ 20c. No agitation. And remember to presoak to remove (what i suspect to be) the antihalation layer.

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