Another new developer for me and when I find a new developer I’m usually excited to see how different films react to it. And to make it even. Let’s say i have 1 litre of Microphen stock solution, and i can use it for 10 films. My film developing tank takes only litre, so i should poor While I do experiment with other developers often (Golden Bullet Syndrome), Microphen is my consistent favorite. I use Ilford FP4 (EI) and.

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Hi Everyone – Nearly every post refers ilfrod Microphen when used to push film. Does anyone use it as their normal developer? I understand you can get a speed increase from most films.

How is the grain? Does it change behavour when you dilute it? I don’t exactly have a well trained eye for grain changes due to development, but I can say that the results were quite micophen, and I suppose I would say they did look a bit different, but not in a way that would make me not want to use it again.

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While I do experiment with other developers often Golden Bullet SyndromeMicrophen is my consistent favorite. I generally dilute the Microphen 1: It is tough to put into technical terms but the miicrophen is fine, the tonal range is very, very good and the negatives print with a nice snap. You could use it as an everyday developer. Ilford also makes a liquid version: It’s great and convenient.


It lasts at least a year in a half full bottle of concentrate. The negs were from my 6x6cm camera but looked as tho’ they’d come from 35mm. The TMY results weren’t bad at all. Mkcrophen shadow detail, excellent gradation in very tough conditions, not terribly grainy – no worse, really, than TMY 35mm when normally exposed and developed.

The best results have come from TMX in Microphen.

Temperature and time are less critical. Large expanses of same-toned areas such as skies are virtually grainless, as you’d expect from TMX.

Midtone gradation is excellent and the developer helps ulford blown highlights. I prefer Microphen undiluted as stock solution. This works out to be about as cost effective as several one-shot 1: I didn’t care for the results at 1: Ilford recommends a series of adjustments for reused stock solution, increasing time by a percentage with each use. I haven’t found this to be necessary and use my standard times for microohen of the 10 development sessions.

A sludge presumably silver will accumulate in the bottom of the bottle after a couple of reuses. It could be decanted off or strained out, I suppose.

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Because of its compensating effect when used carefully minimal agitation, longer intervals between agitationsit may be difficult to increase contrast as desired through extended development.

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That, of course, is what makes it ideal for me as a push processing developer. The latter effect varies according to film. Tri-X can be developed to a higher contrast within usual limits.

TMY tends to flatten out after a certain point – it’s ideal top end with Microphen is And I’ve found it nearly impossible to overdevelop TMX to the point of creating unusuable negatives.

Oh, I suppose it could be done with continuous agitation – never tried this. But I once accidentally mocrophen TMX for twice the appropriate time, believing that what I was processing was old, underexposed Tri-X.

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