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Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml)

B&H # ILI3500ML MFR # 1131778
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Product Highlights
  • Fine Grain
  • Optical Sharpness

Ilfosol-3 Film Developer is an enhanced, one-shot updated version of Ilford's Ilfosol-S. It has been created to suit the needs of photographers who prefer to use slower speed films such as Pan-F, FP4 Plus and Delta 100 Professional.

This is a fine grain and ultra sharp developer when used with films processed at full speed. However, you may use it at a 1:14 dilution for other films with only a minimal loss of image quality. It is supplied as a concentrate in economical 500ml bottles and is diluted (typically at a ratio of 1:9) for one-shot use.

Note! Not recommended when using re-use techniques or replenishment systems

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IlfordIlfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml)
 
4.6

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Consistent reactions (18)
  • Compact (4)

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    Best Uses

    • Developing (20)
    • Photography (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (10), Pro photographer (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Ilfosol-3 at 68 deg is perfect for FP4

    I've avoided using Ilfosol-3 because the bottle and spec sheet give only the developing time for FP-4 at 75 deg F, and I can't be maintaining one chemical at 75 deg, and...Read complete review

    I've avoided using Ilfosol-3 because the bottle and spec sheet give only the developing time for FP-4 at 75 deg F, and I can't be maintaining one chemical at 75 deg, and the others at 68 deg. I don't know why Ilford makes things so difficult. But then I read that at 68 deg, Ilfosol-3 and FP-4 require 6 1/2 minutes. Now I get excellent FP-4 results--smoother than my usual DD-X, and at 1:9 mix, cheaper than DD-X. I am very pleased with this product.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Nice if you like that kind of thing

    This developer produced a very sharp, high contrast negative for me when I used it with the recommended development times. Great if your looking for that that. I personally like less contrast. But...Read complete review

    This developer produced a very sharp, high contrast negative for me when I used it with the recommended development times. Great if your looking for that that. I personally like less contrast. But it's easy to use as with most liquid developers.

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    4.0

    IT WORKS CORRECTLY

    By Carlomagno

    from San Juan, PR

    About Me Pro Photographer

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      Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

      It's a good developer... but I prefer RODINAL results.

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      5.0

      Great for a beginner.

      By mattv87

      from Henderson, KY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

        I'm new to BW developing and I literally picked this one because it was listed as the best seller on BH's website. What can I say? I trust the guys at BH.

        This product has worked well for me. I will definitely continue using this.

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        4.0

        excellent developer though costly

        By NT

        from las vegas

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fine grain

        Cons

        • Expensive

        Best Uses

        • Fp4

        Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

        fine grain and contrast. not as economical as rodinal

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        5.0

        Good quality product

        By patou

        from Quebec,Canada

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        • Consistent Reactions
        • Good quality

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          • Developing
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          Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

          I use it often its a wonderful product , Ilford quality....

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          4.0

          Try this Developer!

          By Zaphod27

          from West Point, PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

            First off, I like the idea of a liquid concentrate that I can mix up as much as I need at the time, as opposed to an entire gallon at once.
            I've really processed a couple rolls TMax 400 so far, but the results have been beautiful.
            The contrast is be a bit better than TMax, and the grain is beautiful.
            I've only given 4 stars, because I still want to run a few more rolls before I form a full final opinion.

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            5.0

            Good Quality

            By Patou

            from Quebec,Canada

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

              Good quality, realy easy to use. Its a one shot developper, that is not expensive to use. Try it you will love it. I developped a XP2 C-41 whit it. It did a good job. Its not as good as real Black and White, interesting....Thanks B&H for selling it...Hello from Quebec,Canada

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              5.0

              exactly what I wanted!

              By Stuart 2

              from Fresno, CA

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

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                  • Developing

                  Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

                  this is exactly what I wanted for a film developer-thank you BH for having it!

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                  5.0

                  ILFOSOL 3

                  By emsmarkv

                  from Hanover, Michigan

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  • Compact
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                    • Developing

                    Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

                    Great results with SXF and HP5 plus, liquid mix is far better than powders.

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                    3.0

                    Goes bad quickly

                    By Dominic Knepper Photography

                    from Ohio

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Reactions

                    Cons

                    • Short shelf life

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                    • Developing

                    Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

                    It works great, but if left in a half full bottle it goes bad quickly. I'm switching to Rodinal.

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                    5.0

                    Easy and Effective

                    By Henry

                    from Brockton, MA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      • Developing

                      Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

                      Liquid developer concentrates are much easier to use for someone with limited available darkroom infrastructure such as myself. This developer not only is convenient and economical, but has performed well both for fresh film and for long-expired film.

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                      5.0

                      Very good developer

                      By cameraman

                      from trenton mi

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great Developer

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Developing

                      Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

                      I have read that some say this developer has a short shelf life in a partial bottle that may be, but I broke it down into several 2 oz brown glass bottles to prolong the life

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                      3.0

                      Nice if you like that kind of thing

                      By sal

                      from south carolina

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

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                            Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

                            This developer produced a very sharp, high contrast negative for me when I used it with the recommended development times. Great if your looking for that that. I personally like less contrast. But it's easy to use as with most liquid developers.

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                            5.0

                            Great

                            By Rubenest

                            from Tucson, AZ

                            About Me Casual Photographer

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                                  Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

                                  As describe. Easy to use and great results.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great product!

                                  By K

                                  from Florida

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                                        Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

                                        Makes developing quick and easy while not taking up a lot of storage room! Results have been great and I'm very happy with the quality! Shipped quickly and cleanly too!

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                                        4.0

                                        Works like a charm

                                        By Jackie like the Chan

                                        from Portland, ME

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                        • Compact
                                        • Consistent Reactions

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                                          • Developing
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                                          Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

                                          This is the first/only developer I've used so I have nothing to compare it to but it works beautifully with hp5. I love the results and the fact that it comes in 500ml bottles because I don't get to develop my film too often.

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                                          5.0

                                          Exellent

                                          By JVeneer

                                          from Vancouver, BC

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                                          Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

                                          Does what it says it will.

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                                          4.0

                                          Takes the heat

                                          By Wazzarunner

                                          from Lafayette, LA

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                            Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

                                            Here in SW Louisiana temperature can be difficult to control especially in my dark room, in summer. Ilfoso-3 is not effected by swings of temperature. Chill it 3 or 4 degrees below recommended, no problem. Let rise problem 3 or 4 same file results.

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                                            5.0

                                            Ilfosol-3 Film Developer

                                            By stu

                                            from Cape Cod

                                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                                                  Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

                                                  Always a good choice

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Ilfosol-3 Film Developer

                                                  By Stu

                                                  from Cape Cod

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                                                        Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

                                                        Always a good choice

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                                                        5.0

                                                        Works as advertised!!

                                                        By Gene

                                                        from Fairfax, VA

                                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                                        • Consistent Reactions

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                                                        • None

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                                                        • Developing

                                                        Comments about Ilford Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml):

                                                        Liquid is always the best when mixing and getting the correct mixture!

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