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CineStill Film DF96 Monobath for Black & White Film (Liquid, 1L)

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CineStill Film DF96 Monobath for Black & White Film (Liquid, 1L)
Key Features
  • Single Bath, Single Step Developer/Fixer
  • Constant Developing Time for All Films
  • Room Temperature Processing
  • Adjust Contrast, Push/Pull via Temp.
Simplifying film development, DF96 from Cinestill is a monobath, self-completing chemistry for use with nearly all black & white film types. Rather than traditional multi-bath processes, with separate developer and fixer chemistries, DF96 is an all-in-one, single-step solution to fully process film in approximately three minutes. DF96 also requires no dilution and is reusable for developing at least 16 rolls of film per liter of chemistry.
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CineStill Film DF96 Overview

Simplifying film development, DF96 from Cinestill is a monobath, self-completing chemistry for use with nearly all black & white film types. Rather than traditional multi-bath processes, with separate developer and fixer chemistries, DF96 is an all-in-one, single-step solution to fully process film in approximately three minutes. DF96 also requires no dilution and is reusable for developing at least 16 rolls of film per liter of chemistry.

As a developer, DF96 is akin to D96 developer and yields a smooth grain structure and tonal curve. Different from D96, though, DF96 requires no subsequent stop bath or fixer; its own fixing capabilities render fully archival results and longer overall processing times will not affect development. Beyond the ease of a single-bath design, DF96 is also meant to be used at room temperature (70-80°F) with development times ranging from six to three minutes for normal results with most films. Push and pull development is possible by adjusting the temperature. Additionally, tabular grain films (such as T-Max and Delta) are also supported, however require twice-as-long processing in order to remove the film's stain during fixing.

This 1L of liquid monobath working solution and has a shelf life of approximately one year.

CineStill Film DF96 Specs

Chemistry TypeFilm Developer, Fixer, Miscellaneous
Powder/LiquidLiquid
Liquid Volume1 x 1.1  qt / 1.0  L
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.55 x 5.25 x 2.35"

CineStill Film DF96 Reviews

Inspirational

By Timothy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-11

Started developing B&W 50+ years ago. Digital kinda snuck up on me and took over, although I still enjoyed shooting B&W film. But I gave up the dedicated darkroom a few years ago. Reading recent reviews and articles about this Cinestill DF96 Monobath inspired me to give it a try. With a kitchen sink, a changing bag, and film tanks, using ONE chemical, that you can pour in the tank right out of the jug, AND get very nice negatives makes the entire process a convenient joy to do. I have never used a monolith product before and I'm sold! Gotta adjust your brain to the idea that time is not a factor in development, just temperature. Results were excellent right off the bat. First two rolls were excellent. Great way to bring back the fun of shooting film, and developing it yourself. Then I scan the negatives to use on the web, or upload the digital files to a lab for printing. Give it a try!

Simple, very good at a wide range of temps.

By Kerry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-22

Very good developer, esp. with XX films. I love that I can use this even in the summer when water temps at home rise into the 70's and still get very good results. Best on classic grain films.

easy peasy

By Jane
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-27

I'm not an expert, so this one step developer is great for me.

easy peasy

By Jane
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-13

works every time

Amazing product!

By Samuel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-01

Arrived at my door and within about 20 min I had perfect negatives hanging up to dry. I recommend this product for anyone who is interested in processing their own black and white photography. It is beyond simple!

Great for beginners!

By Brin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-22

This is my first time developing my own film. This product and the YouTube video from the company could not have made the process easier. So happy

Easy to use

By Artur
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-09

Recently got into film photography. Watched the video on their website, read the back of the bottle and went to it. Easy to use and the results were great.

Easy to use with great results

By Mountazar
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-14

First time developing film, went with this Monobath for b/w and results were amazing. I have so far done roll of 35mm Kentmere 400 and one roll of AcrosII 120, both yielded amazing results. Did both at 80F for three minutes with constant agitation, simple as that. Highly recommend for bw developing, can't go wrong at all.

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