Development Chart 2 - Ilford Pan F+ : LUSENET : B&W Photo - Film & Processing : One Thread

The Tech Pan page went so quickly I was done with it in two days (though I can continue to add to it anytime). I admit to being fascinated by a couple of the suggestions, so I guess now I'll end up wasting more time and film trying to make Tech Pan work...

ILFORD PAN F+. I expect to get a lot of suggestions on this one. It's a great film with a lot of creative potential.

So send me your Exposure Index, development recommendations, agitation recommendations, wry comments, etc. Don't forget to include developer temperature and dilution. Remember, we don't want the stuff you can easily get from Ilford's data sheet, like the standard time in ID-11, but YOUR unique tips and tricks for this film. (See for an example of how the data will be presented.)

You can post responses here if you wish, or send information directly to me at Once I get three or four responses, I'll make a web page and publish it on Unblinking Eye. Then I will update it as more information is received.

-- Ed Buffaloe (, March 24, 2001

Answers one using this? Strange.

-- John Hicks (, March 27, 2001.

Before I found PMK, I experimented with this film in Rodinal and Xtol. I expose it at ASA 25.

To control highlights in bright, contrasty scenes, I used Rodinal at 1+75 @68deg.F. I would use a stand development and would pour it out just before 5 minutes so that I started rinsing at the 5 minute mark.

For medium contrast scenes, I used Rodinal at 1+50 at 68 deg. F for 6 minutes with 2 flip the canister over agitations every 2 minutes.

For low contrast scenes, I used it at 1+50 at 68 deg. F for 8.5 minutes with agitations every 2 minutes.

I also used Xtol at dilutions of 1+3 and also 1+4 at 68 deg. F. The time for both dilutions was 9.5 minutes with no agitation. These worked well in high contrast situations.

Both developers produced very long tonal ranges for this film but the Rodinal sharpness was slightly better.

I believe that it is easier to obtain good results with Pan F+ than with ASA 25 speed films so people dont need to try all sorts of awkward procedures with it. I wont describe the PMK recommendations for this film because its right out of the manual. But the tonal range and sharpness is unbelievable without modifying anything. You cant burn out highlight detail with PMK. This is my favorite film and developer.

-- Greg Rust (, March 27, 2001.

Responses for this film have been sparse, but I do have several up on the site. Instead of giving a different address each time, I've created a single page from which all developing times on the site can be accessed:

-- Ed Buffaloe (, March 27, 2001.

Ed, I ran through a large trial using this film and several different developers. To my surprise results were so much better in Ilfosol S 1+9 (sharpness and fine grain), that I thought to even mention the others would be counterproductive.

-- Bill Mitchell (, March 27, 2001.

Pan F+ is my film of choice for 6x17 landscapes ; my times are as follows, in Rodinal 1:50 @ 20C ;

N+2 ; EI64 ; 11.0 mins

N+1 ; EI50 ; 8.5 mins

N ; EI32 ; 7.0 mins

N-1 ; EI25 ; 6.0 mins

N-2 ; EI16 ; 5.5 mins

Agitation is constant for the first 30 seconds, and then for 10 seconds every 30 seconds thereafter.

This film is also great in PMK - follow Gordon Hutchings' times, etc.

-- fw (, March 27, 2001.

Pan F is my most favourite film and most used for landscape work. I love the fine grain.

I use ID-11 stock, 3 min 50 sec at 24°C, ISO 50, constant rotation.


-- Sandra Schänzer (, April 07, 2001.

I use pan f for studio and macro shots. For roll film I rate it at 25 and develope it for 6 1/2 min in pmk normal dilution (1+2+100) at 68 degrees and agitate every 20 sec (2 inversions). I mix the developer and let it oxidize for up to two hours to increase stain.

-- Marcel Perez-Calisto (marcelperez@hotmail.cpm), April 14, 2001.

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