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    Ilford Ilfosol 3

    Hello to all,

    My Kodak HC-110 bottle is almost empty and I'm looking for a universal developer non-Kodak branded that could works well with the films I use the most: Fomapan 200, Ilford FP4, Ilford HP5.
    Since I do few developing sessions in a month, I need something durable and convenient.
    I know that Ilfotec HC is the direct countepart of Kodak HC110 but I would give Ilfosol 3 a try.

    I like D76 (ID11) too but it is anything but convenient; could Ilfosol be comparable to D76 in terms or grain and contrast rendition? Does anyone have experience with this dev?

    Thank you!
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    Re: Ilford Ilfosol 3

    !0 years ago when I started my LF adventure Ilfosol 3 was the first developer I tried

    It didn't seem to last in bottle very long after opened, I disposed of it

    I soon switched to Rodinol which lasts far better, some say it never goes bad, IDK

    I was given a case of ancient sealed Rodinol, I still use some of that and many variations that all seem to work the same

    I like simple high dilution liquid developers

    Nearly everybody here has a prefered developer and says theirs is best

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    Re: Ilford Ilfosol 3

    Ilfosol will likely give you slightly less emulsion speed or shadow detail than D-76/ID-11, but it may or may not be noticeable so you’d need to try it for yourself. Ilfosol will also be more grainy than D-76/ID-11, however again, you’d really need to try it and decide if you can see a difference because perception of graininess obviously depends on which film you use and how much you enlarge your negatives.

    A liquid alternative more similar to the D-76/ID-11 would be Ilfotec DD-X.

    As you noted, Ilfotec HC might be a better choice if you want a developer similar to HC-110. Rodinal is an additional option which will be very economical, long lasting, reliable and easy to use. It will give you grainier negatives than D-76/ID-11 but as with Ilfosol the increase in graininess may or may not matter.


    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto Nania View Post
    Hello to all,

    My Kodak HC-110 bottle is almost empty and I'm looking for a universal developer non-Kodak branded that could works well with the films I use the most: Fomapan 200, Ilford FP4, Ilford HP5.
    Since I do few developing sessions in a month, I need something durable and convenient.
    I know that Ilfotec HC is the direct countepart of Kodak HC110 but I would give Ilfosol 3 a try.

    I like D76 (ID11) too but it is anything but convenient; could Ilfosol be comparable to D76 in terms or grain and contrast rendition? Does anyone have experience with this dev?

    Thank you!

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    Re: Ilford Ilfosol 3

    Buy the raw materials to make D76H. Couldn't be easier to do and lasts a very long time.

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    Re: Ilford Ilfosol 3

    I've been burned twice by Ilfosol 3. Once the container has been opened, the concentrate goes bad very quickly. By bad, I mean no image at all on the film. Completely blank. As Tin Can noted, Rodinal is a much better alternative as a high dilution developer. I've used Rodinal from partially full containers that were at least 30 years old with no problems. That being said, Rodinal is much grainier than D76/ID11, but for large format film that usually isn't a concern.

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    Re: Ilford Ilfosol 3

    Thank you gents.

    Looking at you experience, I will skip Ilfosol 3.

    I didn't like Rodinal when I used it for 35mm, I always got too contrast and poor shadow details with it; maybe it was my fault or I should test different dilution with it; it was never love with Rodinal.

    Ilfotec DDX should be the counterpart of Kodak T-Max which is a developer that I loved a lot used on HP5 and TMax3200. Though it's not cheap.

    Considering that I plan to move to the 8x10 film size(so larger volume of chemicals), maybe I would stick with HC110 for as long kodak survives and keep D76-ID11 or the D76H formula for some very special portrait shots.
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    Re: Ilford Ilfosol 3

    I like grain
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