There is a new developer in town, and this one doesn’t have an orange tint. The lovely guys at CineStill have been busy beavering away in the lab to come up with their own monobath developing solution. And you can get it now. This is what CineStill has to say about their new solution.

Developing black and white film just got a whole lot simpler with the CineStill Df96 Monobath. The worries of too much development, dilution, time or agitation are gone. Stop bath? Fixer? Hardener? Gone the way of One-Hour-Photos and formaldehyde. Finally, foolproof at home film development. Many of the pitfalls and hazards of a duel bath process are eliminated with this ready-to-use single-step solution, such as improper dilution, over-agitation, bubble marks, surge marks, etc. Over-processing is impossible, because the fixing action overtakes chemical development while aiding physical development, creating better image uniformity and finer grain negatives.
Solutions of this type were first proposed as far back as 1889, but only recently have the difficulties associated with their formulation been overcome. The main problem has been the loss of emulsion speed that results when the exposed silver halide is dissolved by the fixation process before development can take place. Our monobath is unlike the home concoctions or old technology that failed years ago. Df96 uses a more effective processing technology (akin to D96 motion picture developer) that buffers fixing, and archival fixing agents that are more solvent and aid in breaking down the silver and redepositing it, to achieve crisp uniform grain and wide development latitude.
Fully Archival Processing:
Df96 uses one of the the most effective archival fixing agents and will produce fully archival negatives with proper care. Extending processing time to ensure full removal (fixing) of undeveloped silver halide will not affect development. Washing time after Df96 processing is exceedingly rapid because the solution is alkaline. Five minutes of washing is sufficient to achieve archival standards. This process is not only archival, It boosts shadow tonality while making over-processing your highlights impossible.
Easy to Use: 
If you own a processing tank and a thermometer, you’ve got everything you need to start developing CineStill BwXX or any other black and white film at home. Just determine the temperature of the single solution, pick the recommended time/agitation combination on the label, pour and follow the simple instructions.
Cost Effective: 
1 liter of reusable monobath solution will let you easily develop 16+ rolls of film. Simply pour the used chemistry back into the bottle and add 15 seconds for each roll previously developed until you reach a processing time of 8 minutes.
Df96 monobath works with any black and white film, and is designed for traditional cubic-grain emulsions with high silver content, like BwXX and TriX. All films can be pushed or pulled by adjusting temp. +/-10°F per stop.
Quality Results: A self-terminating process, guarantees motion picture quality with high resolution and fine grain is just a single pour away. 
  • Ready-to-use processing for traditional B&W film in 1 bath
  • Worlds fastest process at 80°F in just 3min!
  • Flexible processing temperatures (70-80°F)
  • Instructions for processing at any room temperature included
  • Temp. tolerance is +/-2°F
  • For normal or push processing
  • Push/Pull processing by adjusting temp. +/- 10°F
  • Reusable, all-in-one solution.
  • Processes over 16+ rolls of film
  • Process 1-8 rolls at a time
  • Extremely versatile self-completing process
  • No special processor needed (use standard processing tanks and reels)
  • Fully archival (following the processing instructions below)
  • Economical!

In case you have been living under a rock, CineStill have been very busy releasing films and generally pushing film photography for all.  They have their own line of films, so this is welcome news from CineStill Read more about CineStill

You can grab some of the Developer here Click here to get some from their site.

You should also be able to get the developer from anywhere that stocks CineStill, if your dealer doesn’t have it then tell them to get it lickety split.


I personally have never tried a monobath, but this stuff looks like it makes life a lot easier. Have you used Monobath? What do you think? Your thoughts and comments are as always most welcome.