They are, but thanks to Ilford's recent problems, they have been in short supply lately (the liquid concentrates are now reappearing on the shelves but still no sign of the powders; Ilford is really shooting itself in the foot there). A few were mentioned: Microphen, LC29, DDX, Perceptol; I mentioned ID-11 myself, but that's a powder and not currently available from Ilford. Microphen & Perceptol, being powders, likewise suffer the same supply problem currently.
Originally Posted by snaggs
The Xtol you are using will do a fine job, though I would have gone for DD-X myself ... Ah... so many developers, so little time...
Yeah DD-X is good, I mentioned that myself.
Ilfosol S is good with slower films, or good with 400asa films for sharpness while still maintaining reasonably fine grain as long as you don't mind losing a little speed.
I've not used the powders, but ID-11 is the classic English do it all developer.
Liquid devs availabilty should be pretty good by now. The powders should be along soon.
Ilford products are all pretty darn good.
I have only just begun to process B+W films at home.
I went with Rodinal, as it is available practically everywhere, there is a ton of information around on it, it keeps for almost ever, and gives you some options for experimentation. I tend to use slower speed film (100 and slower), although I recently developed APX 400 in Rodinal and it came out lovely.
I would suggest picking one that is easy to get locally, & stick with that. Same for the film - not advice I have followed ... :-) Document each roll you develop, times, agitation, temperature, and note what the results are like.
So far, apart from one attempt at using a "classic" developing tank, I've not screwed up!
Acros 100 is an awesome film. Develops nicely in ID-11. HP5 is also great for using during less bright conditions. I would try several different films to see which one has the look you like. There are very few bad films out there...
Rodinal is a great beginner developer as it is one-shot, cheap and versatile.
Otherwise HC-110, XTOL, D76 and Acutol.
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