- Sep 28, 2009
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Can one use Ilford PQ Universal to develop film? :confused:
I've read in the Ilford literature somewhere that whilst it was intended years ago to be a universal developer, Ilford now consider it to be a paper developer as there are better film developers in their range...
But I think the reason is that it isn't very fine grain and so doesn't suite 35mm - unless of course you don't mind a bit of grain, in which case it is great.
Many print developers work well with film, giving gritty, high contrast results. You can control this by diluting. I haven't used Ilford Universal but many years ago my Father used to use Johnsons Universal developer for ALL of his films and papers (all Ilford) and got great results. I've tried diluted D163 print developer with HP5+ and FP4+ and it gives 'squeeky clean' negatives with very low base fog levels and punchy contrast, which means in effect a bit of extra film speed. The downside is that the results are a little more grainy, but I use 120 mostly, so it was acceptible for me.
I'm sure Ilford Universal will also work well on FP4+ and HP5+ too, as long as you don't want very fine grain. Can't help you with dilution or times, though.
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