8 year old D-76 powder from open paper bag - works!

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by CatLABS, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. CatLABS

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    So, i got some darkroom stuff from this guy, about a year ago, and the only reason i went to get this junk was the fact he had a 10 gallon powder box of kodak d-76.
    He said the stuff was cool and only used to make one gallon out of.
    I stored it, as i had some new d-76 i wanted to use as i knew it was good.
    Today after loading film in to my tank (10 rolls!!) i walked over to my d-76 stock container only to find it had about 500ml left...
    Shaucks...

    So i figured hey why not try that old open powder?
    Well i opened the box, to find white powder (i read that means its good) but it was pretty much a solid mass. must have taken in moisture or something like that, not all but pretty much a clump.
    There was no info about weather or not this means its bad, so i tested it on a sheet of delta 100 - and low and behold - it works! just as i expected it to be.
    Granted i did not scan or sensitometer the negs, but hey they look good enough for me, i think.
    Ran the 10 rolls, and they cam out as expected... :smile:

    that was a good deal... i guess this stuff lasts pretty much forever. too bad films might not be around for ever...
     
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    Bravo, glad it worked for you!
     
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    I routinely use way expired D76 but they are the one gallon envelopes.
     
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    good news!