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    Why not but the chemicals from the places like Bacto? in australia? http://www.bacto.com.au/main.htm

    Without the repackaging and branding I always found it cheaper than vanbar anyway.
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    Consolidated chemicals can supply in 25kg quantities. However it's a bit much for most of the chemicals, if anyone is interested in group purchasing some common chemicals then I'd be happy to arrange an order and split the quantities.

    http://www.consolidatedchem.com/index.html

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    You can get silver nitrate from Trevor Foon in Wonthaggi. Look up Foon Photographics there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Frizza View Post
    Why not but the chemicals from the places like Bacto? in australia? http://www.bacto.com.au/main.htm

    Without the repackaging and branding I always found it cheaper than vanbar anyway.
    Thanks for the tip Stephen. Their online catalogue looks encouraging. I see that they are in the wilds of the south west (I don't have a car)--should be an interesting trip. Freight to the Blue Mountains is often exorbitant.

    Regards - Ross

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    Ross,
    Catch a train
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Frizza View Post
    Why not but the chemicals from the places like Bacto? in australia? http://www.bacto.com.au/main.htm

    Without the repackaging and branding I always found it cheaper than vanbar anyway.
    So I ordered from Bacto, after taking a very deep breath at the price:

    2kg Sodium Thiosulphate about $144 plus freight.

    Vanbar's price for the same was about $32.

    Any further ideas folks? Not forgetting that this chemical is used in fairly large proportions, hence freight is a factor?

    Regards - Ross

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    Ross,
    Check the grade of chemicals quoted, It may lab grade or better. I'm trying to think of the people in Newcastle. They quoted me $180.00 for 25 Kg's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ross Chambers View Post
    So I ordered from Bacto, after taking a very deep breath at the price:

    2kg Sodium Thiosulphate about $144 plus freight.

    Vanbar's price for the same was about $32.

    Any further ideas folks? Not forgetting that this chemical is used in fairly large proportions, hence freight is a factor?

    Regards - Ross
    eeekkk that sounds not right ross want me to send you some?
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    What's that stuff used for?
    Bomb making??
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    Before releasing the shutter, he must seek 'the flame of recognition,' a sense that the picture would reveal
    the greater mystery of things...more clearly than the eyes see."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Athiril View Post


    Hypo is just metabisulphite or sulphite in water (usually the latter, sometimes both).


    If you cant get thiosulphate, and want it for something other than a fixer (so cheap thiosulphate fixer is no go) then you can heat sodium sulphite + sulphur in water to make it.
    Wrong!

    Sorry. Don't try to fix film or paper with the former!

    The latter synthesis is correct, but rather messy. You can get colloidal sulfur.

    PE

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