Pick one Ilford developer.

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  1. Mike Kennedy

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    I can afford to place an order to Darkroom Central for one Ilford developer.I shoot HP5 and FP4+.
    Suggestions please?
     
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    ID-11 diluted 1+1 is very hard to beat, although I personally use Kodak D-76.
    It can be used undiluted, although there is a slight initial fog and less shadow detail with some slow and medium speed films when exposed at box speed. I much prefer the results when the developer is diluted 1+1 with FP4 Plus and HP5 Plus. I use it undiluted with Kodak HIE infra-red film.
     
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    DDX is too expensive.

    Xtol OK it's not Ilford, so ID-11 then.

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    Id11 1+1.
     
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    ID11 1+1

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    No ID-11 full strength and replenished, far higher quality and very much more economic. That's how D76/ID-11 is really designed to be used.

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    ID-11. You can soup any film made with it, you can use it 1+0 for a fine-grain effect, dilute it 1+1 for a compromise or dilute it 1+3 for an accutance look. It's not great at anything; there are better devs out there that will top it in any one catagory, but ID-11 is good at EVERYTHING!
     
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    With costs and quality in mind, ID-11 in a packet to make 5 liters.
     
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    don't they have a HC110 look alike?
     
  12. Ian Grant

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    Yes Ilfotec HC, or the amateur version LC.

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    If you plan to shoot at box speed: ID11 or Ilfotec HC. If you are pushing: Microphen. That's my top 3...
     
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    Ilfotec DD-X



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    I particularly like Perceptol.

    It is a very fine grain developer when used as stock, but as you dilute it the solvent effect is diminished and it becomes maybe slightly less fine grain but sharper. I love using it 1+3 when it behaves a bit like D23...

    Seems to work very well with both FP4+ and HP5+, perhaps not suprisingly. I was switched onto it by the late Barry Thornton after reading his book, 'Elements'.
     
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    Another vote for Perceptol, but I wish they would make in 5 litre size though.
     
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    :You buy vast quantities more and they might think about it :D
     
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    What my 5 or 6 packets a year isn't enough.
    I would love to be able to shoot and develop enough film to use vast quantities.
     
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    ID11 - in 5L packs it is quite economical

    Its the best all round developer (or D76 - its Kodak cousin)

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    Thank you for all the replies.I shall give ID-II a try.
     
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    ID-11 use it 1-1.
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    ID-11 in 5 litre pack. Use dilution 1 + 1. Perceptol is nice, but speed loss may be critical with HP5+, DDX seems to me in contradiction with the word afford in OP.