The Easiest Way to Develop Film at Home in 3 Minutes - Cinestill Df96 Review

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I tend to limit myself shooting more

black-and-white because of the

developing process I don't shoot enough

to consider buying the chemicals and

labs generally tend to take longer to

process black and white some of them

don't even do it anymore

so this week I thought I'd try out the

cine still mono bath which is supposedly

one of the easiest ways to develop your

black and white film at home this

chemical is a mono bath which means that

it takes care of the whole developing

process with the single chemical it's

also not even crazy expensive this stuff

runs about twenty dollars per bottle and

it says you can do sixteen rolls so in

order to use this you're gonna need a

couple things you need a developing tank

which allows you to pour this liquid in

and out of the tank without light going

in and touching your film I just use

these Paterson developing tanks I'll

have links in the description to where

you can find all the stuff you need

these are pretty cheap and they work

well I load the film up in my bathroom

and then I walk out with this tank into

the light and I can pour the chemicals

in and out the next thing you're gonna

need is a couple rolls of film to

develop I'm gonna try both medium format

and 35 millimeter I'm curious to see if

the developer will have different

results depending on the format and of

course lastly you're gonna need a bottle

of cine still developer this stuff is

called DF 96 and it comes in a liter

bottle that's enough for two rolls of

medium format at once or two rolls of 35

millimeter the first thing you want to

do is load the film if you've never done

this before I would definitely recommend

you practice once before with a blank

roll of film just practice loading it

into the reels in the light because once

you get into the dark it gets

surprisingly difficult so what's cool

about this is that you don't necessarily

have to heat up these chemicals even

they give you different developing times

for different room temperatures that

this chemical might be at I just decided

to heat mine to 80 degrees Fahrenheit

because that's what's recommended and

that's what gives you the shortest

developing time which

three minutes so to do this I just

placed the chemical in a tub of water in

my bathtub and I let hot water run over

it until I got to 80 degrees this only

took about a minute or so so I don't

think it adds too much the process to

complicate it but it's definitely an

extra step although you don't have to do

this the next thing I did after my film

was loaded and my chemicals were warmed

up which just rinsed the tank with water

I like to have the recommended

temperature water which is 80 degrees

this just allows the tank to heat up too

so that when you pour in the chemicals

it doesn't immediately cool down your

developer once you've poured in the

chemicals you can go ahead and agitate

the tank just try to have like an even

agitation pattern so that the developer

is kind of spreading evenly on the film

so you don't get any weird development


once the timer hits zero you can go

ahead and pour the chemicals back into

the bottle because this stuff is

reusable you can do about 16 rolls with

this which is a pretty good amount I

rinsed my film a couple of times after

this just to clean off any of the

remaining developer and just wash off

all the chemicals and then you can take

out the film and have a look at it it's

really that easy and I was so surprised

by how well this works

I've been developing black-and-white

film with a much longer process at

school for the past year and I just

thought it was really cool to be able to

try this developer that somehow

magically does it in three minutes of

course there is a little bit of a

trade-off for this the film is slightly

more contrasty when you use this kind of

developer I definitely noticed this more

in the 35 millimeter and then I did in

the medium format but nonetheless I

don't think it's a bad look by any means

and I think the photos that I developed

with this turned out pretty cool the

photos also came out with pretty

standard grain which I thought was

awesome I thought that for some reason

using this developer which seems almost

too quick would make the photos much

grainy err but they have a really nice

even grain and I think it's a good look

obviously this developer only works with

black and white film which is kind of

the one downside I don't think a

developer like this will ever exist for

color film but it's cool to know that if

you only shoot a couple rolls of

black-and-white a month that there is an

easier way to develop it than buying a

whole set of chemicals you can just buy

this one bottle and be done with it it's

super quick and I'm definitely going to

be using this in the future for

developing black and white at home if

you want to know how to develop color

film at home I'll leave a video that I

made a while ago at the end and in the

description you can check that out if

you're interested my Instagram will also

be in the description along with

everything else that you might need if

you want to try this at home that's it

for now peace