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    Sprint Chemicals

    There is a small photo store near me that carries Sprint darkroom chemicals. Does anyone have experience using these chemicals, and any thoughts about them. Are they worth a try?

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    They use them exclusively at my university; they seem to be of decent quality. The film developer appears to be a D76 knockoff.

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    I've been using the Sprint Paper developer for years. Very convienent. 1:9 for paper. I have a few shots posted in the Critique Galary. Never had a problem with the chemicals. I don't use it for film, use HC110. Oh yes, I also use the Rapid Fixer, very good.
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    I use their rapid fixer. Seems fine.
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    I've used them and they were just fine. Very general chemicals, nothing super special, just did the job and did the job well.
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    I've used all of the chemicals as well. They are just fine for general photography and very easy to mix. And the stop comes in a lovely "vanilla" scent.

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    used them years ago when my vendor carried them, whould probably use again in our gang labs if they were available in my location..

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    Quote Originally Posted by david b
    And the stop comes in a lovely "vanilla" scent.
    The stop bath is not effective enough to stop development of amidol. I developed a large batch of 4 x 5 prints last night, 4 at a time in an 8 x 10 tray of amidol. After the first four were developed for 2 minutes, I chucked them into the Sprint stop bath and left them there while I developed the next 4 prints for 2 minutes in the amidol. Then I put the second 4 into the stop bath and then all 8 sheets into the fixer. The first 4 were all more developed than the second 4. Each of the first 4 prints was exactly the same tonality as the other 3 (too dark), and each of the second 4 was exactly the same as the other 3 (perfect). I found this hard to believe, so I tried it again with the next batch of 8. Same results. Sprint Stop Bath is the sweetest smelling water bath you can use with Azo and amidol.
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    i've used sprint fixer since the early 80s. i've never used anything else because it works really well, and the convenience factor of being a liquid. their film developer is a D-76 and ID-11 (?) replacement product. it works well, and it is metol-free. one cool thing about sprint chemicals, is that if you use all of them - dev/stop/fix ... when the stop bath "indicates" you know everything is exhausted. not sure if you know their website: http://www.sprintsystems.com/

    suzanne, they are over the mass border in pawtucket. they used to give tours, if you are ever interested

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    Sounds like a field trip! I don't know anything about them, but being so close certainly explains why my local camera store has so much! I tried the fix today. I want to see how it might affect toning the prints. Fixed some in the sprint, and some in Kodak fixer, so I'll see when I tone if there is a difference. If I like it I'll stick with the sprint. Far fewer fumes! And the liquid beats powders hands down.

    Thanks for all your help.

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