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    Ordorless Fixer - Ordorless ?

    Is the Ordorless Fixer mentioned at http://www.jackspcs.com/f6a.htm really odorless ?

    Will it be suitable for Pyrocat HD ? Will it require an acid stop bath ? (I currently use plain water and appreciate the simplicity and freedom from the smell of Acetic Acid).

    Up to now, I have been making my own TF3 Alkaline fixer, using the formula found at http://www.digitaltruth.com/techdata/tf3.php. Since the main ingredient is Ammonium Thiosulfate, it smells like both Ammonia and Sulfur. Having changed residence, I now have to deal with family members who have zero tolerance. I use a portion of the basement as a "darkroom", and there is no ventilation per se... I need to find an alternative, right away.

    The "odorless" formula above contains Sodium Thiosulfate, which smells of sulfur. It also contains Acetic Acid. So how can it be odorless ? Although I "love the smell of Fixer in the morning", my family does not, and given my humble darkroom, I long for an odorless formula - preferably one which I can mix myself.

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    Re: Ordorless Fixer - Ordorless ?

    Clayton Fixer is completely odorless. Sprint Fixer, which I use, is low odor - no problem if fresh (using Ilford sequence). It goes well with Odorless stop bath (Ilfostop). Much more pleasant.

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    I believe that TF-4 when mixed with distilled water is very low ordor. Does anyone know if that works with KRF?

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    Re: Ordorless Fixer - Ordorless ?

    Yes, TF-4 when mixed with distilled water is very low order, just a hint of amonia. TF-4 works wonderfully with Pyrocat-HD

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    Re: Ordorless Fixer - Ordorless ?

    I think you mean "ardorless".

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    Ken: I use ilfostop and like it , It does not stink up the kitchen when I am processing film :
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    Re: Ordorless Fixer - Ordorless ?

    Plain hypo is pretty odorless. The downsides are longer fix times (and with that wash times), and that it doesn't last long.

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    Re: Ordorless Fixer - Ordorless ?

    TF-4 doesn't have much odor.

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    Re: Ordorless Fixer - Ordorless ?

    Thanks for your help !

    I have ordered some TF-4 and will try it with distilled water. I will also try it with my home water, which comes from a well, and is quite good.

    I have also ordered some Clayton Odorless Fixer.

    Perhaps my nose is over-sensitive, but I can easily detect the presence of plain Hypo, which is Sodium Thiosulfate. My wife is allergic to sulfur-based compounds, and can smell them at a great distance.

    Yes - ardorless ! Compared to ardor, I prefer the smell of.... contentment

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    Re: Ordorless Fixer - Ordorless ?

    I use the Clayton Archival fixer, it is very low oder (at least to my nose) and is priced right.
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