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    Clear Fomapan

    I developed 2 rolls of Arista EDU 100/ Fomapan 100 in 120 tonight and found an interesting surprise after I fixed the film. One film was blue as one would expect with Fomapan but the other roll was clear.

    Not that this is an issue. Has anyone else seen this? What could be the explanation? Did they use a different base than normal?
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    They must have changed the film base. I just developed two more rolls and they are both clear as well.
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    Very odd. Does the (lack of) blue base have an impact on filtration for multigrade paper?
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    Foma is improving all their products, and this is really a good news
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    does this mean it will quit turning my fixer blue? I hate that ...

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    I have no idea about if it changes filtration. I haven't been able to print yet. The developer still comes out blue-green but I never noticed a change in the fixer color.
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    Just for the record: if the blue color actually leaches out into the dev or fixer, it is likely part of the emulsion, not the film base. Which in turn means Foma must have changed the emulsion!
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    The blue in the developer is from the anti-halation coating. I always pre-soak to remove the coating before developing.
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    I really doubt the blue base leeched out into the water. I never used more than a brick of the AristaEDU, but the base always seemed pretty stable to me.

    I moved to TMax when I ran into a whole bunch of it at a great deal. Now I'm searching, and wondering how the Foma quality might be improving.

    I've been out of the loop for a while with family issues, and want to get back in the darkroom.
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    Arista EDU Ultra is still Foma, still good and cheap. I have probably 75 or so feet of Foma left on a bulk roll, love the stuff. I also have a pile of it in 120 and 4x5.
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