Best Ratios using Dektol when developing ILFORD films : LUSENET : B&W Photo - Film & Processing : One Thread

Does anyone have the perfect ratio, Chemical to water when using DEKTOL and developing ILFORD B&W films?

-- Joe Stewart (!, February 04, 2002


Since Dektol is a print developer, it is very strong. If you want to use it as a film developer, you might start at a dilution ratio of 1+10 and experiment.

-- Ken Burns (, February 04, 2002.

Joe, why do you want to use Dektol for film? It's likely to produce very grainy image with decreased speed even if you dilute it a lot.

There was Ilford Universal PQ developer, which I think is ID-62. Grainy speed losing film developer, and average print developer. ID-62 is not dissimilar from Dektol except it uses phenidone. With ID-62, 1+19 was suggested for FP4 for 10min at 20C.

-- Ryuji Suzuki (, February 04, 2002.

Buy some ID-11 or D-76 and keep the Dektol for your prints.

-- Pete Andrews (, February 05, 2002.

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