Kodak Colorplus 200 Developed with B&W Ilford XP2 & Rapid Fixer


I’ve been longing to process my film rolls on my own so I tried developing my color negative film in black & white developing chemicals, namely Ilford XP2. I was so surprised with the results and I love it! Read more to see the step-by-step of self-developing.

Get your developer and rapid fixer ready. I used both Ilford XP2 and Rapid Fixer. A changing bag is a MUST if you prefer to work in a lit room instead of a dark room. Put every thing in your changing bag. These are the things that are needed in developing your own film:

  • Changing bag
  • A can/canister opener
  • Developing Tank
  • Film Roller
  • Ilford XP2 (You can use other developers but this is the one I used for this project)
  • Ilford Rapid Fixer
  • 2 empty bottles (to put back your developer and rapid fixer which have been mixed with water)
  • Measuring cylinder (or any measuring cup)

Here’s how I did it:

1. Put everything inside your changing bag except for the developer, rapid fixer, empty bottles and measuring cylinder.
2. Get your film out from the canister with the opener.
3. Roll it with the film roller.
4. Put the roller inside your developing tank, closed it tightly.
5. Take it out from the changing bag.
6. Add in the Ilford XP2 developer first.
7. Agitate it for 7 minutes 30 seconds. Shake it 10 times for every 30 seconds.
8. Then, add in tap water, agitate it for 10 minutes.
9. Rinse well.
10. After that, add in the Ilford Rapid Fixer, and do the same as Step 7.
11. Add in tap water. Rinse well. Add in liquid detergent, just to wash the residue off.
12. Voila! You have developed your own B&W film!

Here are the shots taken with an LC-A+ and color film, now B&W!

Some might have different tips and tricks but this is how I did my own developing process. Hope you guys learned something from this. Tell me if it worked for you too!

written by maduz on 2012-03-22 #gear #tutorials #film #diy #tipster #b-w #self-developed #ilford-xp2 #lomo-lc-a


  1. maduz
    maduz ·

    I'm sorry, it is not Illford XP2, it is Illfosol 3. I'm very sorry for the mistake that I've made.

  2. fendyfazeli
    fendyfazeli ·


  3. maduz
    maduz ·

    Thanks fendyfazeli

  4. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·

    GREAT :D

  5. adzmin
    adzmin ·

    someday I want to develop my own films too~ (^___^) very helpful article..!!! :-)

  6. maduz
    maduz ·

    Thanks @adi_totp.

    @adzmin, you will be able to do it one day. don't worry.

  7. cool-daddy
    cool-daddy ·

    ilfolsol 3 ? will ilford 1d-11 work as well? or does it have to be a c41 developer?

  8. maduz
    maduz ·

    yes ilfosol 3. i never tried ilford 1d-11. and i'm pretty sure it does not need to be a c41 developer, because i developed both the traditional & C-41 B&W with Ilfosol 3. It turns out well enough. ;)

  9. moniel_inc
    moniel_inc ·

    Great article, by the way!

  10. zeke_iow
    zeke_iow ·

    Hi maduz,
    Could you tell me the Developer temperature and the Dilution(1+9,1+14?) you used.
    Great article.Many thanks.

  11. fm_skins
    fm_skins ·

    I can't wait to do this! :)

  12. polish-cezar
    polish-cezar ·

    Was this at a standard 20C temperature?

  13. cris89
    cris89 ·

    Nice article,
    how much dilution you used in the developing liquid? Thanxs

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