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

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

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

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  • Fine Grain
  • Optical Sharpness
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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

UPC: 019498176104
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  • 1Description
Chemistry Type Film Developer
Powder/Liquid Liquid
Liquid Volume 1 x 16.9  fl oz / 500.0  mL
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.6 x 2.5 x 2.0"
Ilfosol-3 Film Developer for Black and White Film (500ml) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 54.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Well rounded developer with smooth tone Ilfosol-3 has become my go-to developer. I have used it with Tmax, Tri-x, Pan-X, and several off-brand films. I use 'The Massive Development Chart' to get times for this developer with different films. I dilute at 1:14, minimal agitation and the results are super smooth tones with fine grain (depending on film). I routinely push Tmax 2 stops and the results are outstanding, even on 120. Mix only what you need to use right then. The rest can be stored. Honestly, I've stored the concentrate for 6 months after initial opening and it's still spot-on.
Date published: 2011-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
Date published: 2009-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use & great results I've only been developing my own film for a couple of months now. This is the only developer that I've used, so far. I've heard a lot of people say that it's not good for faster film or pushing film. I don't believe that at all. I've had nothing but solid results. I push my HP5 to 1600 on a regular basis, and the results are great. So far, I've used this with Acros 100 (with AMAZING results), HP5, Kentmere 400, Tri-X, and Delta 3200. Great results every time. I use 400ml of solution for my 120mm and 250ml of solution for my 35mm. This means I can get 12 rolls of 120 film and 20 rolls of 35mm out of every bottle. For this price, that's hard to beat. I've included some photos for reference
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stable and convenient Ilford's liquid concentrate allows me to mix up one roll at a time at room temperature and develop immediately; the concentrate will stay usable for weeks after opening. A better solution all around than powders. One 500ml bottle is good for about 10 rolls of film.
Date published: 2011-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good developer 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
Date published: 2012-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Takes the heat 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.
Date published: 2011-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I would buy this product again and again This product is perfect for developing any size Ilford film by yourself in a darkroom. You mix it with water (temperature depending on your type of film and amount of time you are developing)
Date published: 2010-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for everything It's very versatile. It can push HP5 to 3200 as well as develop slow speed film with excellent sharpness. Minimal grain. Works with great with most of Ilford's films.
Date published: 2015-12-15
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