The ULTIMATE Film Developing Starter Kit - Includes Chemicals

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The Ultimate Developing Starter Kit has been designed to provide you with the essential kit to begin developing at home* INCLUDING a pack of Ilford's Simplicity Developing chemicals!


    • 1 x Ilford 35mm cassette opener - to remove your film ready for developing*
    • 1 x Universal Film Tank - the light-tight tank for developing
    • 2 x Film Developing Reels - holds your 35mm film securely inside the tank
    • 3 x 600ml Graduates - for mixing of your chemicals
    • 1 x Paterson Stirrer - to get the chemicals nicely mixed within the Graduates
    • 1 x Thermometer - ensure that your mix is in the right temperature range for accurate development!
    • 4 x Film Clips - for hanging your films as they dry
    • Film Developer - the chemicals to create the image on the negative
    • Film Stop (Ilfostop) - to stop the developing chemical reaction
    • Ilford Rapid Fixer - removes any remaining light-sensitive chemicals so your image won't degrade over time
    • Ilfotol Wetting Agent - makes the water glide off the film to reduce waterspots

This is all the 'hardware' needed to get your exposed film through to fully developed and dry, ready for scanning/printing!

*Please note that you will need a darkroom/changing bag/light-tight environment for first loading your films onto the developing reels.

If you have any questions or concerns please email us or call us on 01494 614514 and we will be very happy to help or advise.


Where we ship

When you buy your developing kit from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy your Ultimate Film Developing Starter Kit today and dive into the fun of home development!

The Analogue WonderLab

When you’ve shot your roll of film and are looking to get it developed and scanned, then look no further than the Analogue WonderLab!

We can process your film for you, scan it at the resolution you need, and email back the files quickly and securely.

We offer FREE tracked shipping to our lab so that you can send us your negatives with total peace of mind. And our lab team are all passionate film shooters themselves, so you know that your film will get the best possible treatment!

Head to the WonderLab page here to read more details, or add the bundled developing above (if available) when you purchase your film.

Please note that our long-term aim is to offer developing for every film that we sell, but this is a work-in-progress. For full details and FAQs please head here

We send all parcels via TRACKED service - free in the UK for orders of film over £50.

This means that when you buy your film from us you will be emailed a tracking link at dispatch, and will be able to follow your parcel’s journey all the way to safe arrival.

Please note that it is not a signed service so you won’t need to be at home to receive your film, and our letterbox-friendly boxes fit through the vast majority of European letterboxes!

You will have different shipping options and costs at checkout, depending on how quickly you need your film. Please refer to the Delivery Details page for full information

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Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
It worked!

With the price and sometimes low quality I receive from a local photo shop, I decided the take the plunge and do my own. All the Youtube videos told me how easy it was going to be, but I was dubious. The Ilford starter kit did indeed have all the necessary equipment (except a changing bag and a squeegee) and after nervous preparation, I did it. The feeling of seeing images on the film when I took them out of the tank after the final rinse was one of great satisfaction. Why have I waited so long? Just do it folks!

Grateful for this kit

This kit has it all. The measuring tanks, the thermometers, the clips, the canister openers. The icing on the cake is the Ilford Simplicity kit, which turned out great!

Etienne Gros
Great kit to get started

Never developed film before and contains everything you need to get started with black and white developing. Easy to use but only contains enough chemistry for 1 batch (of 2x 35mm or 1x 120 film).

Ben Hutchings
Confidence building from the outset.

I've been wanting to home-develop for some time, but the list of kit 'needs' seemed a but wooly. Someone suggested this kit and it's the perfect* starting point. I'd been most worried about chemical measurements, so having the 3 identical graduated measuring cylinders and the pre-weighed chemicals that all make up 600mls was such a simple way to start.

I'd questioned why there were 4 film clips, and two had different colour centres. In practice OF COURSE you need 4 for 2 films, because the two black-centred ones are weighted to keep the film nice and straight while drying.

The Patterson tank is easy to use, doesn't leak with the lid on while inverting, and the spool-on action is very effective/clever.

* actually... not worth deducting a star for, but I'd prefer it to ship with a film-finder / retriever and not a canister opener. So a suggestion: Learn how to remove film from the camera while leaving a small tail. Threading film onto the spools in the Paterson tank is WAY easier with a the canister in one piece.

Steven Meyer-Rassow
The perfect starting place for home developing!

I was made aware of the new Ilford & Paterson starter kit by AW on Facebook before Christmas last year. I ended up making home developing a new years resolution of mine, and decided to buy the kit along with a large changing bag and some other bits and bobs. I'm really glad I bought it when I did as now, during the Covid19 lockdown in the UK it's nice to have something to do and sink one's teeth into! The actual equipment supplied in the starter kit is all of great quality (It's plastic, sure - but nothing here gives me cause for concern) and very similar to the stuff we used to use in the darkroom at college back in the 90s. The first roll of film I tried my hand at was some HP5+ in 120 flavour, and it came out surprisingly well for a first attempt after a 20 year hiatus! The only niggle I have, and it is a minor one, I wish the kit came with another smaller measuring graduate in order to mix up the chemicals accurately. It's not a big deal on the first go using the supplied set of chemicals, as they're purposefully measured, but once you're pouring from bigger containers I prefer to have a smaller measuring cylinder to better gauge the exact amounts required. Overall though - this kit is great and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in giving home developing a go.