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I'm just about to embark on developing some rolls of Ilford Pan F Plus and was wondering if anyone had experience with developers for this film i.e. Is one better than the other?
Any advice would be much appreciated.
I've had very nice results with Rodinal and this film!
David William White
Ilfosol is Ilford's best recommended developer, and it's very forgiving. I've used Ilfosol, HC-110, and Rodinal with similar results.
Had nice results with D76 1+1 (20C, 10 mins), rated at EI25
XTOL 1:1 ...but Pan F is much more closer to being an EI 25 speed film than an EI 50
something with acutance. I used Ilfosol but found excessive frothing and air bubbles attached to film causing spots. From experience with Fx-39 and other films this produces stunning acutance from smooth fims. Wilt D100 it is stunning and I would expect it to add some real bite to Pan F. I would try EI 25-32.
Whatever you use, both exposure and dev times are fairly critical -- especially the latter. True ISO speeds range from about 25 (Perceptol) to about 80 (Microphen/DD-X). Add in 1/3 stop for better tonality and you're looking at EI 20-64.
Needless to say it works very well in D76/ID-11 (true ISO about 50) and I rather like it in FX-39. It should work very well in most 2-bath devs but I've not tried that in decades. And Rodinal (speed loss + big grain with many faster films) can't do much harm to either speed or grain with Pan F and gives tonality that many love.
yeah, I'm not sure it matters what developer you use. Just use what you've got, and see what you can do. I've had good results with D-76, but then that's what I use for everything.
I'm with Keith: Rodinal has produced some wonderful results for me: the tones these two produce together are very addicting. (I guess I am one of the people Roger is talking about)
I'm going to have to agree with the rodinal suggestions as well. Ilfosol S is also nice, however given it's short shelf life, it's not a developer I purchase often. If Ilfosol 3 is supposed to give the same results without the sudden developer death, that may be worth a try too.
Here's a few shots I took with my Holga using Pan F+ and developed in rodinal
I have used ilfosol S and Rodinal. I love rodinal for basically everything, but I think the ilford developer had the upper hand in this case.
My vote is for Rodinal, from what I've used.
My vote is for PMK. I was, at first, disappointed with this combination. PMK doesn't really provide a lot of stain on Pan-F Plus compared to other films. Then, one day, I tried to print those disappointing negatives. They were a joy to print. PMK is now my standard developer with Pan-F Plus.
I shot a bunch of PanF that I found in the fridge while I was in high school and mostly used Rodinal 1:50. It was old stuff though, paper labels, in snap cap cassettes with the long LTM-friendly leaders. I might have used some Microdol-X as well... Had a lot of fun with that film.
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