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    I use gloves too - especially for pyro or amidol. Regular Metol or Penidone mixes I'll use my hands sparingly. I feel safest with the new Vitamin C developers (paper and film) but for LF film tray use I use gloves and pyro.

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    I sometimes use gloves, sometimes tongs for prints. Always one glove for film, I need the other hand bare to get the film out of the holders. So only one hand in the soup, and a roll of kitchen towels...
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomishakishi2
    Any thoughts as to the least toxic devs for tray use with LF film. I am asking as fingers beat gloves any day of the week. Or are they all to an extent 'bad'.

    Tom
    Just try one of Gainers Vitamin C developers. They are based on Phenidon, Vitamin C, and sodumcarbonate. If you want a longer lasting but not toxic stock solution mix it with propylene glycol. Should work fine for tray devlopment. And although I would surely not recommend it, you could maybe even drink it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomishakishi2
    Any thoughts as to the least toxic devs ...
    ... are they all to an extent 'bad'.
    Millions in this country are dying from blubber; spooning
    and forking in too much of a good thing; poisening themselves.
    Cause of death; ingestion.

    That bespeaks of an unsuredness. You're worried about some
    substances totally under your personal control. Millions over the
    last several generations have put in forty hours a week, year
    after year, working with solutions containing hydroquinone,
    metol, sulfites; bare handed.

    I don't consider any darkroom chemistry toxic or poisenous.
    But then I don't eat, drink, or inhale any of it. Dan

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