Developers for film and paper

Developers for film and paper

NEW!!!

Subscribe now to my new YouTube channel for tricks and tips on developers, darkroom work and photography.

Subscribe to our new newsletter!

Stacks Image 21


Here are two developers for film and paper - yep they do both. Great for those who want to save time and money having just one dev. Why have two developers when only one will do :) Enjoy!!

General Purpose (PQ*) Developers for film and paper.
                                                           
                                                             Ilford PQU              FX-12
          Water                                             600ml                  600ml
          Sodium Sulfite (anhyd)               50.0g                60.0g
          Sodium Carbonate (anhyd)           60.0g                   60.0g
          Hydroquinone                               12.0g                   10.0g
          Chloroquinol                                      -                      6.0g
          Phenidone                                     0.5g                     0.5g
          Potassium Bromide                       2.0g                    1.5g
          Benzotriazole (1% solution)**       20ml                    35ml
          Water              to make                 1 liter                   1 liter

                                                             Ilford PQU              FX-12
          Dilution for film                             1+19                      1+7
          Dilution for paper                          1+9                       1+3

* Note the absence of Metol in these formulas. Those with an allergy to Metol will be happy. PQ means Phenidone/Hydroquinone.

** If you can't obtain Benzotriazole add an extra gram of Potassium bromide. The image will be warmer.

It's worth noting that the requirements to develop film and paper are subtly different. Paper needs more contrast and grain is not much of a concern compared to film that needs softer contrast and finer grain. The above developers will not give you the quality of results that you'd get from specialist developers for film and paper.