Ilford Ilfosol-3 General Purpose Developer for Black & White Film, Liquid Concentrate 500 Milliliter Bottle.
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- A General Purpose Liquid Concentrate Black and White Film Developer.
- Particularly Suited to Developing Medium and Slow Speed Films.
- Gives Fine Grain and Good Sharpness with Full Film Speed.
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ILFORD ILFOSOL - S is a general purpose, black and white film developer based on several modern developing agents. It is particularly suited to developing medium and slow speed films, such as FP4 Plus and PAN F Plus. ILFOSOL - S gives fine grain and excellent sharpness with full film speed. It is supplied as a liquid concentrate in 16 ounce (473ml) containers for easy and economical one - shot processing. The recommended dilution is 1+9. For greater economy, and to enable practical development times to be used when processing at higher temperatures, ILFOSOL - S can be used at 1+14.
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I've had a couple of bottles of it now and developed a couple of films. It's nice and easy to use as it a one-shot, meaning you measure out the amount you require and dispose of it when finished. It's probably not as cost effective as some of the ones you make from powder, but it is better if you aren't developing huge amounts in a very short period.
I don't believe it is supposed to be as good as some of the other Ilford developers or alternative brands, but the results are perfectly fine. It also does work pretty well pushing the film or stretching it out with more dilute mixtures; normally you develop at 1+9, but it's perfectly acceptable at 1+14.
I've had a few bottles of this now and am happy to recommend.
At that age, my main concern is mould getting into the film - but I use this at 1+14 dilution in an old Lomo spiral tank, for 12 minutes, then home-scan it. I'm fairly new to home-developing, but it seems to work well and is far cheaper than the DDX solution I was using.
I'd heard about Ilfosol, of course, but never got round to trying it. Now I have, I'm ready to add it to my chemistry shelf on a permanent basis. Better grain with FP4 than Rodinal and very nearly the same acutance as Acutol, if you get the exposure right.
Right exposure is the downside. It doesn't suffer under exposure at all well, losing detail very quickly, at least at 1+14 dilution. I haven't yet tried it at 1+9 but suspect it may respond to under exposure slightly better at the higher dilution. With a full exposure (say half a stop over) at 1+14, it gives very pleasing negatives that scan nicely. If you use FP4, you really should try this.