FX-18 Film Developer

Geoffrey Crawley's FX-18 film developer (similar to D-76).


Chemical Amount
Water (50 °C) 750 ml
Sodium sulfite (anhydrous) 100 g
Hydroquinone 6.0 g
Phenidone1 0.1 g
Borax 2.5 g
Sodium metabisulfite 0.5 g
Potassium bromide 1.6 mg
Water to make 1000 ml

Mix chemicals in the listed order. Make sure each chemical is completely dissolved before mixing the next one. Use distilled or deionized water for improved keeping properties. The stock solution may be diluted with tap water at the time of development.


Use stock solution or dilute 1+1 and develop at 20 °C. Starting development time is similar to D-76.


This developer supposedly yields very similar results to D-76 with slightly hotter highlights. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYewWUpjLHI.



Measuring small quantities of phenidone, see Phenidone Solution

Date: 2022-11-20