Testing Spur Acurol-N with ilford HP5+

img025_TimDobbsPhotographyA few weeks back and the subject of my last post here I was sent some developer to test out by Spur Photo http://spur-photo.com/.

This time I tried out their Acurol-N developer on some Ilford HP5+. The information I was given by the company was to rate the film at iso 200 and Dev for 12 minutes at a dilution of 1-50 which I proceeded to do.

From what I have read on the web this developer should yield sharper negatives with little effect on the grain so I shot some random stuff which hopefully would show the added sharpness.

I used my Olympus OM1n and 50mm f1.8mc which has given me pretty good clean images especially at f5.6-f11, nearly all the images here were at f8.

img020_TimDobbsPhotography img015-Edit_TimDobbsPhotography img004_TimDobbsPhotography img003_TimDobbsPhotography img002_TimDobbsPhotographyI have never shot HP5 at iso 200 before I have nearly always pushed it as I love the contrast and grain I get from it.

I must admit I really like the images that I got, they were very sharp indeed and the grain did not seem as pronounced as I usually get with HP5 especially in large areas of uniform colour like skies in fact it was really quite smooth in comparison.

As I now have a complete darkroom setup I am going to try a few prints from the negs to see what the softer grain looks like.

Both the developers that I have tried have definitely produced different negatives than what I get from my usual dev combinations in a good way and depending on what I am after in the final image I will keep using both.

Thank you again to Spur for giving me the opportunity to try out your products I highly recommend them to all B&W photographers out there 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Testing Spur Acurol-N with ilford HP5+

  1. Interesting, thanks!
    I must admit, pulling HP5+ is not something I’ve done myself. I wonder what the developer might be like with FP4/PanF. (Of course the combinations of film/developer/push/pull are endless!)

  2. Pingback: Ilford HP5 PLUS in SPUR ACUROL-N | SPUR

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