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Developing Times for Ilford Pan F+

Frederik Boone’s Recommendation for Ilford Pan F+

Developer

Dilution

Time

Temperature

E. I.

Rodinal

1:100

20 m

20° C

50

Comments:  Soft, but this film is used in sunny situations which makes it ‘normal’ again.  Agitation during the first 30 seconds, and two inversions at the beginning of every minute.  For condenser enlargers.

Ed Buffaloe’s Recommendation for Ilford Pan F+

Developer

Dilution

Time

Temperature

E. I.

PMK *

1:2:100

9 m

70° F

32

PMK+ *

1:2:100

9.5 m

70° F

50

Pyrocatechin **

Full Strength

30 m

75° F

50

Rodinal ***

1:100

8 m

70° F

25

Rodinal ***

1:100

11.5 m

70° F

50

Comments:  Beautiful fine-grain film that easily gets too contrasty.  All times are for diffusion enlarger.
* For PMK and PMK+ agitate for 5 seconds (2 inversions) every 30 seconds.
** Pyrocatechin Compensating Formula given by Adams in The Negative.  Agitation for 30s/5m.  This test produced very contrasty but printable negatives, but in the future I will try 15-20 minutes with agitation for 10s/1m.
*** For Rodinal agitate for 10 seconds (4 inversions) every minute. 

Bert P. Krages’ Recommendation for Ilford Pan F+

Developer

Dilution

Time

Temperature

E. I.

FX-2

1:2

60 m

68° F

80

Comments:  This is my all time favorite film and developer combination.  Presoak film in water for 2 minutes and drain.  Pour in developer and agitate for 10 seconds.  Let developing tank sit for 60 minutes with no agitation.  Rinse in water several times and fix normally.  FX-2 is a metol-glycin developer that produces very high difinition with edge effects.  It also increases film speed.

Greg Rust’s Recommendation for Ilford Pan F+

Developer

Dilution

Time

Temperature

E. I.

Xtol *

1:4

9.5 m

68° F

25

Xtol *

1:3

9.5 m

68° F

25

Rodinal **

1:75

5 m

68° F

25

Rodinal ***

1:50

6 m

68° F

25

Rodinal §

1:50

8.5 m

68° F

25

* For high contrast situations:  Stand development--no agitation.
** For high contrast situations:  Stand development:  pour the developer out just before the 5 minute mark, so you can start rinsing right at 5 minutes.
*** For medium contrast situations; agitation:  2 inversions every 2 minutes.
§ For low contrast situations; agitation:  2 inversions every 2 minutes.
Comments:  I believe it is easier to obtain good results with Pan F+ than with ASA 25 speed films, because people don’t need to try all sorts of awkward procedures with it.  I won’t describe the PMK recommendations for this film because they’re right out of the manual.  But the tonal range and sharpness is unbelievable, without modifying anything. You can’t burn out highlight detail with PMK.  This is my favorite film and developer.     

FW’s Recommendation for Ilford Pan F+

Developer

Dilution

Exposure

Time

Temperature

E. I.

Rodinal

1:50

N+2

11 m

20° C

64

Rodinal

1:50

N+1

8.5 m

20° C

50

Rodinal

1:50

N

7 m

20° C

32

Rodinal

1:50

N-1

6 m

20° C

25

Rodinal

1:50

N-2

5.5 m

20° C

16

Comments:  Pan F+ is my film of choice for 6x17 landscapes.  Agitation is constant for the first 30 seconds, and then for 10 seconds  every 30 seconds thereafter.  This film is also great in PMK - follow Gordon Hutchings' times, etc.

Sandra Shänzer’s Recommendation for Ilford Pan F+

Developer

Dilution

Time

Temperature

E. I.

ID-11

Stock

3 m 50 s

24° C

50

Comments:  Constant rotation.  Pan F is my most favourite film and most used for landscape work.  I love the  fine grain.

Marcel Perez-Calisto’s Recommendation for Ilford Pan F+

Developer

Dilution

Time

Temperature

E. I.

PMK

1:2:100

6.5 m

68° F

25

Comments:  I use pan f for studio and macro shots.  I...agitate every 20 sec (2 inversions).  I mix the developer and let it oxidize for up to two hours to increase stain.

Phillipe Tempel’s Recommendation for Ilford Pan F+

Developer

Dilution

Time

Temperature

E.I.

Patterson FX-50

Standard

7 m 45 s

75° F

50

Comments:  These are in a Jobo at 75F (24C)using the standard single bath method (20ml A + 20ml B + 260ml water). EI and times were arrived at by measuring with a color densitometer with Zone I to be between 0.10 - 0.15 and Zone VIII to be 1.30 - 1.35.

Tom’s Recommendation for Ilford Pan F+

Developer

EI

Exposure

Time

Temperature

Pyrocatechin*

16

N-2

6.5 m

72° F

Pyrocatechin*

25

N-1

8 m

72° F

Pyrocatechin*

32

N

9 m

72° F

Pyrocatechin*

32

N+1

12 m

72° F

Pyrocatechin*

40

N+2

16 m

72° F

Comments:  I added LFG to the developer to control the bubbles.  Two inversions per 30 second interval.  I print with a cold light head on Galerie Grade 2 and 3 and Oriental Seagull Grade 2 with good results.
* Pyrocatechin Compensating Formula given by Adams in The Negative.

Additional Comments:

Bill Mitchell:  I ran through a large trial using this film and several different developers.  To my surprise results were so much better in Ilfosol S 1+9 (sharpness and fine grain), that I thought to even mention the others would  be counterproductive.  [Following recommendations in Ilford’s data sheet for Pan F+.]  The only downside I've found is that Ilfosol-S (which comes as a prepackaged  liquid) goes bad about a week from Tuesday after it's opened.

Ludovic Stefanicki’s Recommendation for Ilford Pan F+

Developer

Dilution

Time

Temperature

E. I.

Rodinal

1:100

13 m

20° C

25

Comments:  Gentle continuous agitation for the first 30 seconds, then 2 inversions every minute. Highly diluted Rodinal works better with this film, at least for me. With this combination I get great negatives with normal/medium contrast.

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