Select Page

Advertisement
Announcing: CineStill Df96 “DEVELOPER&FIX” MonobathAnnouncing: CineStill Df96 “DEVELOPER&FIX” Monobath

Announcing: CineStill Df96 “DEVELOPER&FIX” Monobath

Hot off the press: there’s a new black and white monobath developer from the Brothers Wright over at CineStill – CineStill Df96 Monobath – and it’s available to buy this very minute on their website as a 1-Liter kit at an introductory price of US$16.99 (normal price will be $19.99)

CineStill’s new Df96 “Developer & Fix” Monobath, to give it it’s full name, joins a growing number of similar products from The Film Photography Project (FPP) and Famous Format (FF). In short, it’s a welcome addition to the options already available and hopefully a sign of more diversity to come.

Some quick features of Df96:

  • Ready-to-use, reusable, single-bath processing for traditional B&W films.
  • Processes over 16 rolls of film.
  • Process 1-8 rolls at a time.
  • Flexible room temperature processing from 70-80°F / 21-26°C with ±2°F / 1°C tolerance.
  • Worlds fastest process at 26°C / 80°F in just 3 minutes.
  • Can be used for normal or push and pull processing (adjust ±10°F / 5°C).
  • Extremely versatile self-completing process.
  • No special processor needed (use standard processing tanks and reels).
  • Fully archival (see below).
  • Economical.

Df96 isn’t CineStill’s first foray into film development chemistry, the company already produces a simplified two-step C-41 development kit, Cs41 “Color Simplified”. Unlike the existing kit, however, Df96 is going to be available internationally through the CineStill website and their network of international dealers. If your local dealer doesn’t have Df96 in stock yet, I’ve been told by the Brother’s Wright that you should drop them a line and make a request.

Here are a few sample frames of Tri-X 400, T-MAX P3200 and CineStill BwXX developed in Df96 (click/tap for a full-sized version).

 

…and more from CineStill in their official press release:

 

Introducing CineStill Df96 Monobath:

Developing black and white film just got a whole lot simpler with the CineStill Df96 Monobath. The worries of too much development, dilution, time or agitation are gone. Stop bath? Fixer? Hardener? Gone the way of One-Hour-Photos and formaldehyde.

Finally, foolproof at home film development. Many of the pitfalls and hazards of a duel bath process are eliminated with this ready-to-use single-step solution, such as improper dilution, over-agitation, bubble marks, surge marks, etc. Over-processing is impossible, because the fixing action overtakes chemical development while aiding physical development, creating better image uniformity and finer grain negatives.

Solutions of this type were first proposed as far back as 1889, but only recently have the difficulties associated with their formulation been overcome. The main problem has been the loss of emulsion speed that results when the exposed silver halide is dissolved by the fixation process before development can take place. Our monobath is unlike the home concoctions or old technology that failed years ago. Df96 uses a more effective processing technology (akin to D96 motion picture developer) that buffers fixing, and archival fixing agents that are more solvent and aid in breaking down the silver and redepositing it, to achieve crisp uniform grain and wide development latitude.

 

Fully Archival Processing:

Df96 uses one of the most effective archival fixing agents and will produce fully archival negatives with proper care. Extending processing time to ensure full removal (fixing) of undeveloped silver halide will not affect development. Washing time after Df96 processing is exceedingly rapid because the solution is alkaline. Five minutes of washing is sufficient to achieve archival standards. This process is not only archival, It boosts shadow tonality while making over-processing your highlights impossible.

 

Easy to Use:

If you own a processing tank and a thermometer, you’ve got everything you need to start developing CineStill BwXX or any other black and white film at home. Just determine the temperature of the single solution, pick the recommended time/agitation combination on the label, pour and follow the simple instructions.

 

Cost Effective:

1 liter of reusable monobath solution will let you easily develop 16+ rolls of film. Simply pour the used chemistry back into the bottle and add 15 seconds for each roll previously developed until you reach a processing time of 8 minutes.

 

Process all B&W film:

Df96 Monobath works with any black and white film and is designed for traditional cubic-grain emulsions with high silver content, like BwXX and Tri-X. All films can be pushed or pulled by adjusting temp. +/-10°F per stop.

 

Quality Results:

A self-terminating process guarantees motion picture quality with high resolution and fine grain just a single pour away.

 

What are your thoughts? Have you ever used a monobath developer before? Think you’ll give this one a try? With purchase options outside of the US, I’ll be giving this a try as soon as I can get my hands on it!

Here’s the link to CineStill’s store one more time.

~ EM

 

 

Write for EMULSIVE

The driving force behind EMULSIVE is knowledge transfer, specifically creating more of it in the film photography community. You can help by contributing your thoughts, work and ideas to inspire others reading these pages.

Take action and help drive an open, collaborative community: all you need do is read this and then drop me a line.

 

 

Lend your support

Like what you see here? You can support EMULSIVE by helping to contribute to the community voice on this website (see above), or by heading on over to the EMULSIVE Patreon page and considering financial support from as little as $2 a month.

As if that’s not enough, there’s also an EMULSIVE print and apparel store over at Society 6, currently showcasing over two dozen t-shirt designs and over a dozen unique prints of photographs made by yours truly

In short, I want to continue building this platform and I’d love your help to make that happen.

About The Author

EMULSIVE

Self confessed film-freak and film photography mad-obsessive and OVERLORD at emulsive.org. I push, pull, shoot, boil and burn film everyday, and I want to share what I learn.

9 Comments

Comments are welcomed and encouraged on EMULSIVE but there are some instances where comments will deleted, and authors of those comments banned. They are as follows:

  • Comments deemed to be spam or solely promotional in nature will be deleted. Including a link to relevant content is permitted, but comments should be relevant to the topic at hand.
  • Comments including profanity, containing language or concepts that could be deemed offensive will be deleted. Note this may include abusive, threatening, pornographic, offensive, misleading or libelous language.
  • Comments that attack an individual directly will be deleted, as will comments that harass other contributing authors. In short, please be respectful toward others.

 

 

  1. I look forward to such a comparison of monobaths with the increasing number of them now, especially as Df96 seems to be very similar to Sam Hiser’s FF No1 monobath which is an evolution of the R3 monobath of Bob Crowleys New55 fame. Also there is ARS-imago’s product of which I know nothing. It would also be very interesting to test these monobaths against Donald Qualls formula that I have used very successfully using Household Ammonia and Kodak HC-110 with Ilfords Rapid fixer. I think that would give many of us a base line to measure against and see just what progress (hopefully) has been made recently.

    Reply
  2. @CineStillFilm Can it be used for stand development?

    Reply
  3. I’m interested but none of the UK suppliers have it listed as a product, and I don’t trust them to not charge a ridiculous price to get in it just for me 🙁

    Reply
    • A couple of their European suppliers have it in already and I would assume the Silverprint, Parallax and the rest in the UK will get it in eventually…not just for you 😉 I was told by the Brothers that if you don’t see it listed close to you, you should let your dealer(s) know. The more they see a demand, the more likely they’ll stock it. No point sitting in silence, eh?

      Reply
      • This is true – I just hope they keep it at a comparable enough price! I’ll wait a couple of days to see if they stock it themselves and if not I’ll email them 🙂

        Reply
  4. More images please. Many more. Larger images. Film type and exposure info on each. Is there a gallery elsewhere?

    Reply
    • There are a few more frames on the CineStill website, Kevin. Click through and you’ll be able to view them in all their glory.

      Reply
  5. I’ll be honest—I’m dubious when it cone5s to monobaths (and such quick dev times) . I’m curious to see if you get similar results when you try, EM. Also, with such quick dev times you should test a bracket around recommended times. It might be way easier to foul than on, say, a 12 minute dev

    Reply
    • That comparison is definitely on the cards, David. I’ve got some shipping issues to deal with but I hope to have some form of comparison (monobaths vs traditional chemistry) up on here by the end of the year.

      Reply

Add your voice to the discussion

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Find out how you can help support EMULSIVE from as little as $2 a month on Patreon.Learn more