Ilford developer

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  1. will965

    will965 TPF Noob!

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    Whats the best developer for ilford films (mainly Delta 400 and HP5 400) bearing in mind that I dont want 2 spent thousands of pounds :) ?
     
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    Developers tend to be directed at one specific area of development - contrast, tonal range, acutance, speed, grain size. Going for one area tends to mean loss in another. For example, a developer could give you excellent tonal range with reduced grain but you lose film speed.
    Choosing a developer means deciding what qualities are important. If you are not sure then choose a good general purpose developer that compromises on all areas.
    The best I can recommend is D-76 (which is virtually the same as Ilfords ID-11). This will cope with most films and give very good results - and it is very forgiving.
    I am sure, though, that people will wade in with their particular favourite. Mine is Microdol-X. But like so many things in photography it is purely personal.
    Start with D-76/ID-11. ;-)
     
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    k, thx alot
     

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