Ilford Perceptol B&W Film Developer 1Ltr - Powder


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John J. (London, GB)
Good results but requires patience

I bought this as I was looking for a low grain developer and Perceptol seemed to fit the bill.

I have to say that the results are very good, I developer a roll of Kentmere 400 and the grain was very gentle with medium contrast and good sharpness.

However, be aware that Perceptol can’t yield full speed of the film, so you need to overexpose. Also it takes significantly longer to develop in Perceptol than in other developers. 23 minutes for Kentmere 400 in a manual tank + fixer means you’re looking at about half an hour of total time.

Is it worth it? I think so. Whilst Kentmere 400 does not have a huge grain, it’s a fast film nevertheless and the results I got with Perceptol are very nice. Next time I will see how it works with a ISO 100 film.

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M.D. (Maidstone, GB)
Creamy

Nice creamy grain. Not advised if you've underexposed your negatives though.

Excellent for pulling film or just box speed if you want that fine grain/sharpness.

Sorry for the dodgy smaple photo. Scanners don't exist for us here 😜. Me and Nan on a walk July 2022.

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Matthew D. (Maidstone, GB)
Accreditation Handles: Matthew Deacon
Smooth and Silky!

Perceptol is great. It produces the finest grain I've seen yet. Even on HP5 as seen in this picture. Sorry for the crease in the photo by the way!

Mum Nan and I commemorating the annual memorial of Jesus' death in March at our virtual Kingdom Hall.

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Film u. (Ely, GB)
Perfect for: Portraits, Landscapes
Accreditation Handles: @come_armageddon
Great for fine grain

I love using this developer with FP4 @ISO 125, you get next to no grain and a really nice range of tones. I've used it a few times on higher ISO films when it has been the only developer that I've had and it is definitely suited for slower ISO, I found that higher ISO films just came out looking underwhelming and flat, difficult to get a punchy and dense negative at higher ISO (above 200) with this fine grain dev. Dropping a star because I just can't ever seem to get the number of films out of a stock batch that Ilford suggests I can, best to stick to one-shot mix.

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Joe H. (Cardiff, GB)
Perfect for: Portraits, Landscapes, Architecture, Studio work
Accreditation Handles: Joe Horner
NIce results, but expensive if you keep to the capacity recommendations.

Bought this to compare with my usual ID11 and test the limits of resolution on a couple of my cameras.

First roll through was some Rollei RPX100 in an Exakta using Zeiss glass. In terms of grain and resolution, the results impressed me (see the crop of sheep on a hill) and the tonality is lovely.

But, is it worth the cost of the suggested 4 rolls per pack compared to 10 or more in ID11 and Microphen? If you're doing a LOT of stuff where you need that resolution and grain, possibly. If most of your stuff is happy with the (already excellent) results that other Ilford devs give, probably not.

I'll probably be pushing this mix as far as I can to see how conservative they've been, and I may well buy another to keep (unmixed) in case I ever need it. But not one I'm likely to keep as stock solution for the limited times I might need it.

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