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Developer for Fomapan 100 and 400 35mm

Miguel S. , May 12, 2007; 02:22 p.m.


Can you recommend me a good developer for this 2 films? I normally shoot HP5 and I use ID11 to develop it. Would it be ok with Foma films? I have some friends that use Rodinal and they say it works great with them.

I can buy nearby Ilford, Kodak, BKA, Foma, Adox, and Agfa chemicals, so I am looking for a developer from these brands.

Best regards,

Miguel Silva


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Antonio S. , May 12, 2007; 02:42 p.m.

Rodinal 1+50. 10 min for the 100 and 13 min for 400. Ten secondi agitation every minute.


Robert Vonk , May 12, 2007; 04:31 p.m.

If excessive grain is not disturbing you for the Fomapan 400 you can go for Rodinal. Otherwise a fine grain developer will be more preferable for Fomapan 400. Fomapan 100 and the suggested Rodinal 1+50 is very nice. We have an optimum for 7,5 Min.

Here some more data: http://www.fotohuisrovo.nl/documentatie/Ontwikkeltijden.pdf

Suggestion Perceptol and an E.I. for iso 200 for the Fomapan 400 (35mm) or even better (E.I. 200) CG512/Rollei Low Speed developer which will give the same fine grain and some better sharpness: http://www.fotohuisrovo.nl/documentatie/CG-512%20ontwikkeltabel.pdf

Best regards,


Frank Schifano , May 12, 2007; 09:43 p.m.

I agree with Robert here. Foma 100 looks pretty good in Rodinal 1+50. For Foma 400 at box speed, I've been using D-76 1+1. It is more grainy than Tri-X, but so what? It's not at all bad in any way. If you want to try something nice, give the FomaPan 200T a try. Very nice in D-76 at box speed. There's no point in my opinion ton using an ISO 400 film, then giving up a stop to an ultra fine grain developer. I think you'll fine the ISO 200 nicer at that speed.

Jordan W. , May 13, 2007; 12:16 a.m.

I think that ID-11 / D-76 or Xtol would both work fine with these films.

Aurelien Le Duc , May 13, 2007; 04:44 a.m.

I don't know Foma 400. But I use Fomapan 100 at EI 100 and I develop it in Calbe A49 1+1 for 10'30 @ 22?C. Really god combination for fine grain.

Robert Vonk , May 13, 2007; 06:28 a.m.

Reading from the Fomapan 400 specs: http://www.fotohuisrovo.nl/documentatie/F_pan_400_en.pdf

you can see that Fomapan 400 will neither reach the box speed with D76/ID11 and Xtol/Excel (the Czech Xtol variant) and even with Microphen (speed enhanced dev.) the film has a problem to come to iso 400.

The suggested A49 (Calbe) is the previous east German version of Agfa Atomal, dirty cheap, fine grain but I never found any defined sharpness with this developer. But every thing is depending what kind of effect you want to create at the end.

Further some examples (35mm !) of the mentioned Fomapan T200 film. Here you can see also the differences between Rodinal/Fomadon R09 (the Czech para-amino phenol variant) and AM74/Rollei H.S. dev. which is also possible to use with the Fomapan 400 version and will reach iso 320 with the Fomapan 400 film. http://gallery.fotohuisrovo.nl/thumbnails.php?album=5

Best regards,


Larry Dressler , May 13, 2007; 11:41 a.m.

This film looks great in Diafine at 200 for the 100 and the 200 looks great at 200 in rodinal It was at 1 time told that the 200 was a simi t-Grain film It is a totaly differant film from the 100.

Foma 200 in Rodinal 1-100



efke/Adox 100 Rodinal 1-50 A shed destroyed

Aurelien Le Duc , May 13, 2007; 02:05 p.m.

Robert, sharpness depends on the dilution you use. If you use A49 diluted 1+1 or 1+2, you will have good results with lots of films. My favorite combination is TXP320 @ EI 200 in A49 for 10 minutes at 24?C. You can't find better results with this film. With Foma, results are pretty good to.

Miguel S. , May 14, 2007; 01:43 p.m.

Thanks for all the answers. I think I will try Rodinal with the 100 and maybe Xtol with the 400.

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