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    Readily available is Kodak Flexicolor Fixer, made for colour processing but a nice near-neutral rapid fixer. Slightly acid, bit odour is very much diminished compared to acid "black and white" fixers. It's cheaper, too.

    And don't worry, your darkroom still smells like a darkroom, just less obtrusive when you're near the fixer tray.

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    I'm currently using Kodak Flexicolor, as John says, it's almost odorless, at least to my nose. So is Ilford Hypam.

    I don't notice much odor of anything in my darkroom except when I open my jug of glacial acetic acid, but maybe I'm like a farmer in his barn and just to used to it to notice.

    To answer the question, no I wouldn't seek out an odorless fix, since there are already products available that are close enough.
    On the other hand, I will not buy TF-4 again because of its ammonia odor.

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    no need.i like the smell of fxer. not quite the same without it.
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    Thanks for all the help. Based on some of the replies, I am getting the feeling there would be a greater market for a hyper smelly fixer that there would be for an odourless one

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    Let's be honest now... we all love the smell of fixer.
    Everybody has a photographic memory, some just don't have film.
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    If you think fixer is smelly, wait until you try sepia (or other sulfide) toners. It's not even a close contest. They flat out smell disgusting.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    Or old redeveloper from the tmax direct positive kit... ugh.
    Everybody has a photographic memory, some just don't have film.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_bw View Post
    Thanks for all the help. Based on some of the replies, I am getting the feeling there would be a greater market for a hyper smelly fixer that there would be for an odourless one
    I'd rather say that smelly fixers are so unpopular that pretty much all you get nowadays is next to odorless, unless one has special requirements like high/low pH. Some vendors advertise this more than others.
    Trying to be the best of whatever I am, even if what I am is no good.

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    If I wanted odourless photography I'd have gone d*****l years ago!
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    Sometimes you just have to use the chemicals that do the job properly !!! Even if it offends your sensitive nose

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