Ilfospeed as film developer?

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by zeljko_panic, Jul 4, 2001.

  1. Hi. Is it possible to develop film (HP5 or Delta 400) by using print developers like Ilfospeed. If anybody tried something like this, I will be helpful for information about developing time and dilution for this kind of developers, and what result I could expect if develop film on that way.
    Thanx in advance.
  2. It's possible - if you want high contrast and grain the size of golf
    balls. There used to be a vogue for 'universal' developers at one
    time, that would do for both film and paper. I used them for a while
    when I knew no better (I was about 13). It saved a bit of pocket
    money, but did nothing for the quality of my pictures.
  3. I have heard of people using Dektol to develop Tri-X film for a very
    grainy effect. I could look up the old article if you are interested.
  4. xav


    Not really what you want, but could be interesting:


    A few weeks ago, I found an article about developing T-MAX with a
    paper developer. The technique described is supposedly used by the
    lab processing Helmut Newtons T-Max rolls.



    I didn't try it...
  5. Thanx to all for you responding on my post. I already get relevant
    information and even tried some developing.
    Grainy effect (tahat is what I want) is very obvious but interesting.
    I used dilution of ILFOSPEED 60:1 and developing time 10 minutes for
    HP5. Result was very sharp and grainy negativ but I still got details
    in shadow area.

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