I use FP4+ and develop in either HC-110 dil h, Tetenal ultrafin 1+20, or Ultrafin Plus 1+9. With all three chemicals the results are quite nice, and given the versatility and shelf life of Ultrafin Plus, worth the effort. 1 liter of Ultrafin plus 1+9 will do 12 rolls, or 48 sheets of 4x5. I use it until about 8 rolls or 32 sheets. At 1+9, I get 11 liters working per liter concentrate. My times for developing were running 12-13 minutes.
The Ultrafin Plus is one of the best.
I went to a kind of Photography Convention today and got me some Ilford FP4+: 10x 120 roll ($50.00) film and 3x 135 film ($14.00). I also bought a bottle of Ilford Ilfotec LC29 and Ilford Ilfosol 3. Unfortunately there wasn't any other developer available. I would have liked to get me some Pyrocat-HD or MC to test also ....
I'll expose one 135 film with my Leica M7 and 35 mm Summicron lens, making 36 exact the same images (subject, exposure & diaphragm). I'll cut the film into pieces and will develop it in my 4 different developers.
The new Ilfosol 3 and LC29. And I still have an unopened bottle of Rodinal lying around and should have a box of Id-11 (powder) that I never tried before.
I think I'll rate the film at ISO 125 use the times mentioned on Digital Truth to start with. See:
It was a pitty there wasn't a photo chemic sales man at the convention today (there used to be someone from Germany with a lot of film, photo paper and chemistry). I'll need to get me some STOP and FIX as well for this testing and wanted to find me some Pyrocat. Maybe I'll get on the internet and find me a nice webshop for these chemicals in Europe.
Now that I think of it: I'll expose all three of the 135 films for this experiment at the same time, so I can use other developers as well on the same film later and compare the results.
To be continued .......
BTW: testing tips are welcome :D
I can say I love Ilfsol 3, however economically it's not financially viable as you use a LOT up, but I have re-used it up to 6 times and just added 30 seconds per additional roll and been able to develop more, but it's TECHNICALLY a one shot, so I'm not sure my method is recommended just something I tried once and kept pushing the limit when testing it.
Anyway enjoy your testing :)
ID-11 would be a useful test as it would give you a benchmark against which to compare other developers. In general, however, you can't realistically "test" anything with one roll, or a piece of a roll, and expect to come to any meaningful conclusions.
It may take some time, but I'll post the results in the end.
I just ordered Ilford RAPID FIXER (non hardening) and Ilford ILFOTOL (wetting agent) through www.macodirect.de (in Germany) fo the FP4Plus film.Quote:
Originally Posted by TheToadMen
I also ordered MACO GENIUS film 17,8x24,0 (= cm, not inches) 120 sheets for $100 and Rollei Infrared 400S sheet film (4x5") 50 sheets for $60. I also ordered Maco Ecoprint, Ecostop and Ecofix to develop the Maco film. I never used these films but would like to experiment with it. I still have an old Russian FKD 18x24 cm camera (almost 7x10 inch) with wooden sheet film holders and my hat as a shutter.
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If the Maco film works out fine, I'm gonna use these negatives for Bromoil printing, Salt printing and Gum printing.
I also ordered Fotospeed Selenium Toner (an other experiment). I'm told it works well on the Maco film. This Maco should behave like photo paper.
It's gonna be an interesting summer this year ;-)
It is the same as Kodak D-76, which has been a benchmark for developing film forever. It is the developer most often used by the manufacturers to test films, and gives a good balance of speed, grain and sharpness.
See Ilford's publication on FP4+ and recommended developers for best overall image quality:
And here is an additional publication from Ilford with broad comparisons of developer characteristics (see page 3):
Distilled Water at 120ºF 750ml
Sodium Metabisulfite 10.0g
Potassium Iodide 1.0g
Water to 1000ml
In practice Pyrocat HD is like Rodinal on steroids, I use if for all formats and B&W films.