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To contribute about the shelf life and said sudden death properties of Ilfosol 3:
I had a bottle of Ilfosol 3 opened in March. There was only about 50mL left in the original bottle (I spray butane in it after use) and I didn't know is it was good. It was 2 months ago when I used it for the last time and already had a slightly yellow colour.
So I cut a small piece of 35mm film, put it in the plastic film container and developed it. Worked fine, so I used it to developed it two more rolls.
Last time I used Ilfosol 3 (so before this bottle) was in 2019 and a liked it a lot. I liked the results as well as the times when using 1+14. But I experimented a bit around, I also used ID-11, Perceptol and XT-3 after the Ilfosol adventure. Ilfosol 3 is the one I liked the most, but the shelf life still scared me, in 2019 I could use all of it in 4,5 months. Good to know that after 6 months it's also fine, even with a small amount in the original bottle.
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My students use Ilfosol-3 at 1+14. I'm going to do some tests to see if I can get away with diluting it even further, for the sake of saving money. One 500ml bottle is now 18 Canadian Loonies!
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