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Ilford ILFOTEC DD-X Developer (1 Liter)

You Pay: $18.50

Ilford ILFOTEC DD-X is a fine grain developer which gives full film speed. It produces negatives which are easy to print.

Correctly exposed negatives developed in ILFOTEC DD-X have a full range of tones, with depth in the shadows, a smooth transition through the mid-tones and bright, detailed highlights. ILFOTEC DD-X is designed to complement the features of Ilford films, especially the range of Ilford Delta Professional films. In particular, it is recommended for use with Delta 3200 Professional film rated at EI 3200/36. It also gives excellent results when used with quality black and white films from other manufacturers. ILFOTEC DD-X is supplied as a liquid concentrate for one-shot use. Should be diluted 1+4 with water before use. ILFOTEC DD-X working strength solutions should not be kept for more than 24 hours.

Development time in tanks (68°F/20°C) for Ilford Delta 3200 Film (EI 800): Diluted 1+4 = 7 min. (EI 3200): Diluted 1+4 = 9.5 min.

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IlfordILFOTEC DD-X Developer (1 Liter)
 
4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

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    5.0

    great for pushing

    By RatKong

    from Pittsburgh, PA

    About Me Pro Photographer

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        • Pushing Film

        Comments about Ilford ILFOTEC DD-X Developer (1 Liter):

        I push delta 400 and tri-x up to 1600-3200 ( I shoot 6x6 120 film) and it still looks great! Not as sharp as ilfosol 3, but you get full box speed and normal times. I use 1:9 one shot with equally good results. Worth the money if you need the speed.

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        4.0

        Much nicer than Ilfosol3

        By Geoff

        from Ottawa, ON

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          Comments about Ilford ILFOTEC DD-X Developer (1 Liter):

          Produces a much finer grain than Ilfosol.

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          5.0

          Works good

          By TiCoyote

          from New England

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            • Developing
            • Photography

            Comments about Ilford ILFOTEC DD-X Developer (1 Liter):

            Ilford says it's better for 400 ISO than Ilfosol. It's more expensive. I'm not sure if there's a difference, but I figure why not. For the time it takes to shoot, process, scan, edit, and print a roll, it's not worth saving a few bucks.

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            5.0

            Excellent product

            By Jo

            from Waynesburg, PA

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                  Comments about Ilford ILFOTEC DD-X Developer (1 Liter):

                  The purchases made in this transaction were for my grandson; therefore, I cannot comment directly about each item. However, I want to say that he specifically requested that the order be placed with your company and listed the specific items he wanted. He stated he has used these items before and has had great success with his pictures coming out beautifully.

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                  5.0

                  Great Tonality

                  By NMB

                  from NY, NY

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    • Developing

                    Comments about Ilford ILFOTEC DD-X Developer (1 Liter):

                    Best developer with all Ilford film. You get fantastic tonality, fine grain and dynamic range in your negs. Easy to mix and work. Superior results with push/pull. My favorite combo is Delta 100 pro and DD-X. See photo

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                    5.0

                    Great Stuff!!!

                    By PhotoFly

                    from Youngstown,Ohio

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                          Comments about Ilford ILFOTEC DD-X Developer (1 Liter):

                          Very happy with the results I have gotten from this film developer,used it with Delta 100 and Pan F Ilford film so far. Just got back into photography and always like Ilford products. Will be using it always with my Ilford film and will try it with other films if it is posible.

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                          5.0

                          My first impressions

                          By John Mason

                          from Atlanta, GA

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                          • Easily Cleaned

                          Cons

                          • Doesn't last long

                          Best Uses

                          • Developing

                          Comments about Ilford ILFOTEC DD-X Developer (1 Liter):

                          It's easy to use and works great. I've used it on Ilford and Fujifilm without a problem. At a 1 to 4 ratio to water mix, you'll run out of this stuff fairly quick. I recently ordered the Ilford HC developer which is a concentrate and works at a 1 to 31 ratio. I haven't used it enough to make a comparison but that's another option. From what I understand, you don't want the developer to sit on the shelf too long so if you're doing fewer batches I would say go for the DD-X. If you find you're ordering a new one each week, switch to the HC. If you want to use this with other films besides Ilford, Google "Massive Dev Chart". They also happen to have a handy smartphone app by the same name. Hope this helps.

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                          5.0

                          Best I have used, hands down!

                          By Scott

                          from Pennsylvaina

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          • Consistent Reactions
                          • Fine grain

                          Cons

                          • Price per liter

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                          • Developing
                          • Printing
                          • Scanning

                          Comments about Ilford ILFOTEC DD-X Developer (1 Liter):

                          Makes the cheapest film look great. I shoot the cheapest film I can find and have had mixed results with other developers. This always came thru like a champ.

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                          5.0

                          Still my favorite

                          By Trevor Martin

                          from Dayton, Ohio

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                              Comments about Ilford ILFOTEC DD-X Developer (1 Liter):

                              I've tried a bunch of different developers over the years, D-76, XTOL, F76, TMax and a few I've probably forgotten, DD-X is still my favorite for ISO 400 films. It produces fine grain, full speed, and is great for pushing film a few stops when needed. I primarily use it with Fuji Neopan 400 these days, which I've pushed up to 1600 when necessary and I get great results.

                              The chemical will last a long time, even after being opened, which is great since I only develop a few rolls a month. I split it into 4 250mm bottles, but in the past have kept the Ilford bottle for months gradually going through the chems, I never had a problem with the chemical going bad. It's one of the more expensive developers out there, but to me its definitely worth it.

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                              5.0

                              Ilfotec DD-X Developer

                              By Sinar User

                              from Washington D.C.

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                  • Developing

                                  Comments about Ilford ILFOTEC DD-X Developer (1 Liter):

                                  A great developer for the Ilford Delta line of Films.

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                                  4.0

                                  great all around developer

                                  By montoid

                                  from fort lauderdale

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                                      Comments about Ilford ILFOTEC DD-X Developer (1 Liter):

                                      great results and full speed with fast film

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Developer

                                      By Traditionalist

                                      from Atlanta GA

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to use

                                      Cons

                                      • Expense

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Developing

                                      Comments about Ilford ILFOTEC DD-X Developer (1 Liter):

                                      I was introducted to this developer by accident. I was using Rodinal and when I couldn't get it, a friend "loaned" me some Ilfotec DD-X and I was sold from the first roll of film I developed. Beautiful negatives, good tonal range, fine grain with Ilford and Foma films. I have not tried it with T-Max yet.

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                                      5.0

                                      Very easy to use.

                                      By Rod

                                      from Near Philadelphia, PA

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                                        Comments about Ilford ILFOTEC DD-X Developer (1 Liter):

                                        I use this to develop my 120 and 35mm film. I've used this product four times so far and I haven't had an issue and the negatives come out great. So far I've used Ilford HP-5 and Kodak Tri-X 400.

                                        This developer is easy to mix and use.

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                                        5.0

                                        Excellent developer

                                        By Pathfinder

                                        from Boulder, CO

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                            • Developing
                                            • Photography

                                            Comments about Ilford ILFOTEC DD-X Developer (1 Liter):

                                            A friend recommended this developer for use with Delta 3200 rated at 800. I tried it and it works beautifully. I have now made the combination my standard for low light film photography.

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                                            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            4.0

                                            Finest grain developer

                                            By sausage hound

                                            from Baltimore, MD

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                                            Pros

                                            • Fine grain

                                            Cons

                                            • None

                                            Best Uses

                                            • General photography

                                            Comments about Ilford ILFOTEC DD-X Developer (1 Liter):

                                            In my 48 yrs using b&w film, I have never found one that is perfect for all films until I started using Ilford DD-X. It produces grain so fine on my 6x9 negs, it is difficult to find even when using the best grain-focusing tool. And the gradation between highlights and shadows is spectacular.
                                            It is very easy to use. I use a 1-10 dilution ratio with all films rated E.I 100-400 (Fuji, Ilford, Kodak and Emke) and develop for 12 minutes at 68d with 5 sec. agitation every 30 secs. You may have to tweak those numbers to fit your own enlarging system, but it works for me on both my Beseler 23 and my Leitz enlargers.

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                                            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Hard to find anymore

                                            By David

                                            from Charlotte, NC

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                                              • Developing

                                              Comments about Ilford ILFOTEC DD-X Developer (1 Liter):

                                              Hard to find film chemicals anymore. Even local stores have to order the good ones, so why not order myself?

                                              Used with Ilford B&W films this developer has given me outstanding negative densities. I shoot with a Leica rangefinder system and the results have been great so far.

                                              My next task is to compare this to the T-Max developer on the Ilford film in terms of grain, but this is a fine grain developer so I am fairly sure Ilford Chems to Ilford film will win!

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                                              5.0

                                              Easy and convenient to use

                                              By DeWayne

                                              from Tallahassee, FL

                                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                                              Pros

                                              • Good for all Ilford film

                                              Cons

                                              • Needs to be used quickly

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Developing
                                              • Photography

                                              Comments about Ilford ILFOTEC DD-X Developer (1 Liter):

                                              This is my usual developer and I've used it for Delta 100, 400, and 3200; Pan F; HP5; and Kodak Tri-X. It's easy to mix, has no real smell, and works relatively quickly. It also develops pretty much all Ilford film, and is really your only choice for any Ilford films shot at 3200. I've been very happy with it and try to always keep a bottle on hand. It does have a shelf life so you'll need to use it quickly once the bottle is opened (in a few months.)

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