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Ilford Perceptol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film - Makes 1 Liter

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ILFORD PERCEPTOL is an extra fine grain developer which gives excellent image quality and very fine grain. It is optimized for use at the slower end of the exposure range. PERCEPTOL has been specially formulated to yield optimum results from high resolution lenses, to exploit the superb grain structure of ILFORD medium and slow speed films and to produce significantly finer grain in ILFORD fast films compared with a standard fine grain developer.

PERCEPTOL gives excellent results with any lens/film combination and is therefore ideal when texture and definition are critical; negatives processed in PERCEPTOL are capable of producing finer grain and better quality enlargements than those produced in a standard fine grain developer.

PERCEPTOL is supplied in powdered form and shows exceptional consistency throughout its working life. It is made up to a stock solution for normal tank and tray use, and can be further diluted 1+1 or 1+3 for users who prefer to use fresh solution each time.

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IlfordPerceptol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film
 
4.8

(based on 11 reviews)

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  • Consistent reactions (7)

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    Best Uses

    • Developing (6)
    • Photography (4)
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    4.0

    works well with infrared black and white

    By David

    from St. Louis MO

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

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          Comments about Ilford Perceptol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

          keeps down grain size with Ilford infrared film
          Best used with reduced ISO.

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          5.0

          Excellent developer

          By Guillermo

          from Dubai

          Comments about Ilford Perceptol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

          Perfect for low grain, the one litter size ensures you have fresh solution everytime

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          5.0

          Easy to use

          By patou

          from Quebec,Canada

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Reactions

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Developing
            • Photography

            Comments about Ilford Perceptol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

            Easy to use , nice quality.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            The best developer at all

            By Flavio Bravo Fotografo

            from Nipomo, Ca

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Reactions
            • Easily Cleaned

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Developing
              • Photography

              Comments about Ilford Perceptol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

              If you really want the perfection in B&W there is nothing better than this

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good stuff, especially for Ilford films

              By Joel P.

              from Houston, TX

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Reactions
              • Excellent tonal range

              Cons

              • Short shelf life

              Best Uses

              • Sheet Film Development

              Comments about Ilford Perceptol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

              Gave spectacular results on Delta 100 sheet film when diluted 1:1. I tray processed some 8x10's and was pleasantly surprised by the tonality and preservation of detail. Incredible, truly. I'm not so sure about its performance with non-Ilford films, but Kodak T-Max 400 35mm film was a little on the thin side, even following Ilford's recommendations on the box. Probably better to some testing with these other brands, but overall this is a fantastic one-shot developer, especially for sheet film.

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              5.0

              Amazing results

              By Gio

              from San Francisco

              About Me Pro Photographer

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                    Comments about Ilford Perceptol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                    I use this product to pull my Iford pan F to 32 asa and do the 1/3 extended development time. The long development time under carful temperature control allows for very consistent results. I get extremely small grain with a sharpness I have never seen before in B & W film. I shoot 6 x 7 and print using glass plates a must for the format and I have been told over and over that my work is the sharpest they have ever seen many think I shoot 4 X 5!

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                    5.0

                    Works as advertised

                    By Gene

                    from Fairfax, VA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Consistent Reactions

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Developing

                    Comments about Ilford Perceptol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                    liquid is better but this is a very good product

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    nobrainer for B&W lab

                    By UdoinDesert

                    from Jeddah, KSA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Reactions
                    • Non-liquid kit

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Developing
                      • Photography

                      Comments about Ilford Perceptol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                      After having a break of using (B&W)film for tha last 12 years I was happy still finding this fine grain developer on offer. Being a powder developer it can be sent to any place worldwide, which is another important aspect for me living at the Red Sea. I think this developer is well known within the community and doesn't need that much explanation.

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                      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great Use

                      By Chase

                      from Columbia, MO

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great Results

                      Cons

                      • Expencive
                      • Mixing is a pain

                      Best Uses

                      • Developing

                      Comments about Ilford Perceptol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                      I have been working in a university darkroom, and they had the cheapest materials imaginable. When I decided to create my own darkroom, I decided I would work with quality. Yet this being one of the most expensive developers it is by far the best I have worked with and gives wonderful quality.

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      works insane with fomapan100

                      By randy

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Reactions

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Developing
                        • Photography

                        Comments about Ilford Perceptol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                        rate fomapan 100 at 50, develop for 7 minutes 45 seconds, and you have yourself some solid results.

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                        (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A must-use for low-ISO film scans

                        By Zack Zoll, Zoll Fine Art and Photography

                        from Glens Falls, NY

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Reactions
                        • Excellent Shadow Detail
                        • Fine-Grained
                        • Scans Well
                        • Sharp

                        Cons

                        • Expensive
                        • Longer Processing Time

                        Best Uses

                        • Scanning
                        • Very large prints

                        Comments about Ilford Perceptol Developer (Powder) for Black & White Film:

                        The is the only developer I've found that gives me the OCD-quality scans I like with below-100 ISO films. It's slow to use and costs much more than anything else (you get about 1/4 as many uses from it), but unquestionably worth it for those that view their work as art.

                        There are other developers people prefer (Rodinal, X-tol, etc.), but I find those developers don't yield a negative that scans nearly as well as Perceptol.

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                        Developing & Processing Supplies

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                        Delta 1 -  Mix-Up Cup (Set of 10)
                        • You Pay: $17.95
                         

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                        Make traditional black-and-white prints on these papers.

                        Ilford -  Multigrade IV RC Deluxe MGD.1M Black & White Variable Contrast Paper (8 x 10", Glossy, 100 Sheets)
                        • You Pay: $68.95
                         

                        B&W films compatible with developers, fixers, stop bath, etc.

                        Ilford -  HP5 Plus 35mm Black and White Negative Film (36 Exposures)
                        • You Pay: $4.75
                         
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