Ilford Ilfotec HC Kodak XTOL
Frequently Asked Questions about Films and Developers
Development Time Charts
The following charts are intended to give you starting points for determining your own standard development times. These times assume some knowledge of the Zone System and the principles of proper exposure.
The times listed are in minutes or fractions of minutes.
NN means "Not recommended"
Film and Developer: Questions and Answers
Students and friends inevitably ask a number of general questions regarding film and developer combinations. The following are my answers to these questions. Keep in mind that these are very subjective responses based upon years of testing and working with these products. Other photographers may have different preferences that are appropriate for their work.
Q: What film/developer combination gives the finest grain with good shadow detail and the best overall contrast?
A: Kodak T-Max 100 in HC-110 (B).
Q: What film/developer combination gives the fastest speed with the least grain?
A: Ilford Delta 400 in XTOL
Q: Which developers give the finest grain with good shadow detail and the best overall contrast with the films you have tested?
A: See chart below.
FILM RECOMMENDED DEVELOPER
Kodak P3200 Ilfotech 1:31 from concentrate @ 68 degrees
Delta 3200 HC-110 (B)
Kodak 400TX Ilfotech 1:31 from concentrate @ 68 degrees
Kodak 400Tmax Edwal FG-7 with sodium sulfite
Ilford Delta 400 XTol 1:1
Ilford HP-5 + Edwal FG-7 with sodium sulfite
Kodak 125PX XTol 1:1
Kodak T-Max 100 HC-110 (B)
Ilford FP-4+ Edwal FG-7 with sodium sulfite
Ilford Delta 100 Edwal FG-7 with sodium sulfite
Ilford Pan-F + XTol 1:1
Q: Which film/developer combination gives the finest grain, the fastest film speed, and the best contrast when a very high-speed film is called for?
A: Kodak Tmax P3200 in Ilfotech HC dilution 1:31.
About The Making of These Charts
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