CineStill Announces Df96

World's Fastest One-Step Black & White Mono-bath

CineStillFilm DF96 “Developer&fixer” B&W Mono-Bath

CineStill launched Df96, a reusable, single-solution monobath for simplified processing of black-and-white film at room temperature. With one step, affordable, easy, and fast black-and-white development is here in a package that makes it not only quick, but also more effective than other methods.

Processing all of your B&W film at home is easier than ever with this 1 simple ready-to-use solution. This magical and versatile Single-Step BW “Developer-Fix” monobath solution, akin to D96 motion picture developer but with no need for stop bath, fixer, or any other chemicals, is perfect for processing CineStill BwXX along with any other black & white film. No special charts, timers or apps needed! Foolproof self-completing process that guarantees high-resolution, fine grain, a long density scale, and uniform development latitude. Additionally, this developer is suitable for use when push or pull processing.

A five-minute wash is also all that's needed to produce archival-quality results. And the best part: if you over-develop, it's not really an issue because Df96 will already start fixing the film. So all of these times are really only minimum times. To push or pull, simply adjust the temperature plus or minus 10°F.


  • Ready-to-use processing for traditional B&W film in 1 bath
  • Worlds fastest process at 80°F (27°C) in just 3min!
  • Flexible processing temperatures 70-80°F (21-27°C)
  • Instructions for processing at any room temperature included
  • Temp. tolerance is +/-2°F (1°C)
  • For normal or push processing
  • Push/Pull processing by adjusting temp. +/- 10°F (6°C)
  • 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)
  • Odor-free (unlike home concoctions or old formulations)
  • Economical!

Processes your B&W film with motion picture quality, the sharpest grain structure and rich tonal curve celebrated from Eastman Kodak’s D96 developer. Produces flatter negatives suitable for scanning under 70°F (21°C), and classic inky blacks you are looking for in a darkroom print above 75°F (24°C). Adding 10°F (6°C) to processing will result in pushed negatives with higher contrast and more pronounced grain.

CHEMICAL REUSE: Can process 16+ rolls of film. Simply recombine used chemistry and add +15sec. for each roll previously processed until you reach 8 min. Depending on silver content of film types, you should be able to continue reusing until you reach an unacceptable processing time or the chemicals turn to silver sludge. Film will still develop when chemicals exhaust but may need added clearing time or additional fixing. Expected shelf life is 1 year from purchase, and once opened should be used within 2 months. As chemicals age they will start to yellow and will turn amber when perished.

PROCESS all types of B&W FILM: 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. Some tabular grain films, like T-Max, with color dye technology may come out of the bath with pink/purple dyes in the emulsion, require +2x the clearing time and recommend temp. over 80°F (27°C). High speed 3200 films like P3200 and Delta3200 can be processed normal if rated at 1000 ISO or processed over 90°F (32°C) it rated at 3200. All films can be pushed or pulled by adjusting temp. +/-10°F (6°C) per stop.

PROCESSING METHODS FOR DF96: Development is affected more than fixing by temperature, but fixing and completion is affected more by agitation, time and concentration. *Temp tolerance is +/-2°F (1°C) and times are minimum. Feel free to extend processing time to ensure full fixing of film. It will not affect development.

Native ISO development:
80°F (27°C) for at least 3min Constant agitation
75°F (24°C) for at least 4min. Intermittent agitation
70°F (21°C) for at least 6min. Minimal agitation
*Below 70°F (21°C) renders pulled contrast negatives

Push development:
85°F (30°C) for at least 4 min. Intermittent agitation

Pull development:
70°F (21°C) for at least 4 min. Constant agitation
65°F (18°C) for at least 6 min. Intermittent agitation

3200 speed BW films (push 2 stops):
Above 90°F (32°C) for at least 4 min. Intermittent agitation

Agitation helps create evenly developed exposures, and prevents over-processed under-fixed negatives.

Constant agitation:
Fluid inversions and/or rotations, while changing direction.

Intermittent agitation:
30 sec agitation, then 10 sec every min.

Minimal agitation:
10 sec agitation, then 5 sec every min. *Bromide drag lines can occur if left to stand for any more than 1 min.

For any processed film to be fully archival only two things need to occur. Full removal (fixing) of undeveloped silver halide, and removal (washing) of processing chemicals from the film.

Archival fixing occurs in 3-6 minutes with fresh Df96. Feel free to extend processing time to ensure full fixing of film. It will not affect development. Df96 uses one of the the most effective archival fixing agents and should produce fully archival negatives when processing instructions are followed.

Archival washing occurs at room temperature under running water for 5 min, or fill and empty tank at least 10 times. Washing time after Df96 processing is exceedingly rapid because the solution is alkaline. No more than five minutes is needed for a wash to archival standards. A longer final rinse and rinse aid will help ensure archival negatives.

For minimal water usage:

  • After negatives are fully fixed, fill the tank with water at the same temperature +/-10°F (6°C) as the processing solutions. Invert the tank 5 times.
  • Drain the water away and refill. Invert the tank 10 times.
  • Once more, drain the water. Invert the tank twenty times and drain the water away.
  • Then rinse one final time, optionally with a few drops of Wetting Agent added to the rinse water, distilled water helps prevent hard water spots.