It is particularly useful when using extended development times to push process fast films. This is the developer you want if you regularly push your film. It will help keep a smaller grain size despite the extra development. So, you get to shoot at higher speeds without an increase in grain. If you want to try out push processing. How To Use As it is a powder, you dilute it to make a stock solution first.
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By Mason Resnick Honestly, developing negatives is boring; I know, you want to get to the fun part, watching that print emerge in the developer. I know I do. But when processing film, you actually have options besides that standby, Kodak D, that can control the size and even the shape of the grain, and as a result, will help form what your final print will look like.
So it may not be the most exciting part of the process, but you do have creative options here. Here are 6 film developers, and what makes them distinct from each other. Choose wisely! Kodak D : A fine-grain general-purpose developer. Follow the directions and process at the optimal temperature 68 degrees to get the best image quality and dynamic range from a well-exposed negative.
The good news? Because of its low alkalinity, Microphen actually reduces grain size, and the resulting negatives are finer-grained. The contrast can be controlled by development time. The chemicals in the kit will make a working solution with a capacity for six rolls of film. The shelf life of the working solution is six months. This is a one-time use developer, and cannot be replenished. It has been specially formulated to get optimum results from high resolution lenses. ID produces excellent results with all films and is ideal where a wide range of films and film speeds have been used.
ID ensures the best balance of fine grain, sharpness and tonal rendition producing negatives which allow a high degree of enlargement. Did we miss one? Leave a comment! Share this:.
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Ilford Microphen Film Developer 1L