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Ilford Perceptol B&W Film Developer 1Ltr - Powder

Our Price: £6.50 GBP



An extra-fine-grain film developer. This is the chemistry to use when you're after MAXIMUM detail and definition from your negatives - particularly if you're going to be high-resolution scanning or printing at a significant size, you will appreciate the increased image quality. Match with slow and medium-speed films for the best possible final results.

We ship it to you in powder form for easy mixing at home and long shelf life (>3 years)

The three packets included contain enough chemicals to process 4 rolls of black-and-white film (35mm or 120) at a time.

For developing times across multiple films please check the MassiveDevChart here


Form: Powder
Size: 1L
Capacity: 4 rolls (35mm or 120)
Perfect for: Maximum detail and resolution


Where we ship

When you buy your camera film from us we can ship it across the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand, Australia and Canada (more countries planned soon!) So buy your Ilford Perceptol B&W Film Developer Kit 1Ltr today and dive back into the fun of B&W film photography!

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
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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.

Perfect for: Portraits, Landscapes
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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.

Perfect for: Portraits, Landscapes, Architecture, Studio work
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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.

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Landscapes, Architecture, Creative/Abstract
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Fantastic results

Stupendous sharpness and fine grain , though at a cost of some film speed. Creates a fantastic range of tones with a slow film,

Perfect for: Great All-Rounder, Portraits, Landscapes, Street Photography, Architecture, Creative/Abstract, Travel, Studio work
Blown away by the images created

I had not used this developer before and so wanrted to give it a good try out.
Firstly I developed Ilford HP5 12 rool film which I pushed to 3200 Ths needed 41 min with a dilution of 1: 3 the images were crisp clean and very grainy which was expected at this speed.
I then tried
Kentmere 400 developed with stock solution for 123 min
Ilford HP5 developed for 9 min at 24 c giving an as rating of 250 asa
Then Agfa APX 400 developed in a solution of 1:1 for 23 min
In all cases I was very pleased with the results and the detail that resulted from using this developer. All of these film are nominal rated at 400 asa however perceptol actually reduces this nominally to 320 asa but the results are great. A developer I will use again