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    Can you develop colour film in Black and white chemicals?

    Titile says it all folks. Just wondering if I can will it come out as black and white? this is kinda what I am looking for

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    You can develop Ilford's XP2 in B&W chemistry. I use the same timing as HP5. I've wondered myself whether standard color film can be processed that way.

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    There are many many threads on this very subject. In fact, there was one here just about a week ago or perhaps 2 weeks.

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    Yes because color film IS B&W film with added ingredients.
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    Will the results be good (other than XP2): no. The yellow mask will still be in the negative, so Dmin is rather high.

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    There is one colour c41 film with which I am planning some b&w experiments. It is called rollei digibase.
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    Yes you can. Density of the negatives won't be great, as your bog standard C41 doesn't have tons of silver in it compared to standard B&W. The density of C41 negs comes mainly from dye clouds formed during processing.

    The orange mask of standard colour films can also be a PITA for printing onto standard B&W paper. Maskless films like Digibase, XP2, or reversal films designed for E6 (Or Kodachrome) don't have this problem.
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    That said, I was given some 8x10 Kodak color film to develop last week (I was told it was delta 100). I used a Jobo 3005 drum and got a bit worried at the color of the developer when I poured it out!..Wish I could remember the type of film it was...I seem to remember the number being something like 2029.

    Beautiful negs...the yellow base made them look a little bit like pyro-stained negatives. Lots of density, clean looking negs except for that yellow color.

    I used Ilford Universal PQ developer and some very hefty development.

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    I've had students ignore me and get Kodak 400CN to use in class. They try to develop it in D-76 with very poor results. It has the typical orange mask, and the negatives are very thin and extremely flat in contrast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Davis View Post
    I've had students ignore me and get Kodak 400CN to use in class. They try to develop it in D-76 with very poor results. It has the typical orange mask, and the negatives are very thin and extremely flat in contrast.
    Happens regularly here, also...and one of the first things they say is "There is something wrong with the chemicals!"

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