Kodak D-96 Film Developer

A general purpose fine grain developer.


Mix chemicals in the listed order. Make sure each chemical is completely dissolved before mixing the next one. Mix a pinch of the sodium sulfite before mixing the metol. Use distilled or deionized water for improved keeping properties.


Chemical Amount
Water (50 °C) 750 ml
Metol 1.5 g
Sodium sulfite (anhydrous) 75 g
Hydroquinone 1.5 g
Borax (decahydrate) 4.5 g
Potassium bromide 400 mg
Water to make 1000 ml

Target pH (at 25 °C, ± 0.05) 8.62


Chemical Amount
Water (50 °C) 750 ml
Metol 2 g
Sodium sulfite (anhydrous) 80 g
Hydroquinone 2 g
Borax (decahydrate) 5 g
Water to make 1000 ml

Target pH (at 25 °C, ± 0.05) 8.72


Starting development time is 8:00 at 20 °C with the stock solution. Movie film is developed using rotary processing.

Suggested replenishment rate varies. For Eastman Fine Grain Duplicating Panchromatic Negative Film 5234/7234 in 35mm format, the rate of 1.25 ml per 100 feet of 35mm film is specified. This is the equivalent to around 65 ml per roll of 35mm film.


This is the developer used to develop B&W movie film.

Date: 2022-11-20