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    can you over fix B&W film???

    can you over fix B&W film, if so what are the results?

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    Re: can you over fix B&W film???

    No.

    Regardless of fixing time, be sure to wash thoroughly, using an appropriate hypo clearing agent and following its instructions.

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    Re: can you over fix B&W film???

    While Adams, in The Negative, shows the results of over-fixing, I don't think that modern films can be over-fixed. The emulsions have been improved tremendously.
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    Re: can you over fix B&W film???

    My understanding is that excessive fixing can cause bleaching in the negatives, i.e. the removal of image-forming silver in addition to the silver halides that the fixer is supposed to remove. But I've never had that happen and don't recall where I read it.
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    Re: can you over fix B&W film???

    My "no" response was based on the supposition that you were talking about tens of minutes, not tens of days.

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    Re: can you over fix B&W film???

    Well more like 30-45 mins. Say the phone rang and you had to answer it and couldn't tend to your negatives.

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    Re: can you over fix B&W film???

    Yeah, that's tens of minutes, as I suspected.

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    Re: can you over fix B&W film???

    I don't know about regular fix but I once carelessly left a 4x5 sheet of HP5 over night in ilford rapid fix. The solution hit 30C ( I was living in Japan at the time) from sitting overnight. A contact print showed that it had slightly darker shadows when compared to another negative that received the normal 5 min fix. I would have to say that over fixing can be bad but you have to work at it.

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    Re: can you over fix B&W film???

    Another bit of information to add to my forgetful brain...

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    Re: can you over fix B&W film???

    Another bit of information to add...
    You are not the only one. I did not now that one could go on fixing film "forever". Usually I am not to be disturbed when developing film, and family members are aware of this.

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