successfully washing tmax 400 for once

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  1. hoojammyflip

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    Testing out a new loupe on the light box and the last negatives I processed are clearly more neutral than before, I dont know whether its the fresh fixer or whether its the 2 mins in HCA 1:4, but here is the process I followed (per Kodak recommendations). They literally look like they are black and white :smile: rather than a sickly purple.

    The following was conducted all at 20 deg C

    Developer: 1:1 Xtol, 9m15s, agitated for 5s twice per minute, 30s in the beginning
    Stop: 30s in fresh stop, constant agitation
    Fixer: (fresh 1:4 Fotospeed), 7mins, same agitation as for developing
    HCA 1:4, 2mins, again same agitation as above
    Wash: Brita filtered tap water, about 2L in total, or 7 drums worth of washing, for about 5mins

    Very pleased with the results, so I thought I would share the love.:D
     
  2. Colin Corneau

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    I fix any Tmax film for 10 minutes - that and the HCA (which should always be used, anyway) takes away any purple for me.

    I sure know when my fixer is getting weak, with this film...
     
  3. polyglot

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    Agree with fixing for about 8:00. 7 changes of water is also about what I use, but if I'm using a Paterson tank, I'll let it sit for a minute or two in each bath to diffuse the dye out.

    Now, I just wash for about 10:00 in a Jobo, about 6-8 changes of water, increasing time between changes.
     
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    Fresh HCA is very good at removing the residual purple/pinkish dye.

    Peter Gomena
     
  5. Richard S. (rich815)

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    Until I started using a Gravity Works film washer I could never seem to get that purple stain out. Now it's perfect.