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    I've always used a stop bath, and can't see any downside to it. Acid fixer lasts longer with a stop, and if you're using short development times, your developing can be more precise. Fixer costs a LOT more than stop. I'd rather extend the life of the fixer than skip the stop.
    Using water is fine, though, if that's your preferred workflow. You'll just go through more fixer.
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    That's some big gravel there, Mr. Gravel. (Just noticed your avitar).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Zentena
    True with an acid fixer. With an alkaline fixer the stop will kill your fixer faster.
    Remember Aggie's old sig?
    "When life hands you Lemons, Make stop bath."
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
    =Neal W.=

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    My old enlarger was a lemon.

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    I always use acid stop. A teaspoon of citric acid in a litre of water and dump it when the session is over. Total cost under 20p (and mucous membranes still intact, unlike SOME acids I could mention...) - why not?...

    Cheers, Bob.

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    Good way to go imo.

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    I posted an extract from the Ilford Manual on the thread "I need a universal fixer" which may or may not be of interest.

    Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by castilg
    Hi I wanted to ask if other user use a stop bath when processing film I started to use plain water bath insted and so far so good
    any comments are welcome
    Toujour water. Pas de problem!

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    Quote Originally Posted by castilg
    Hi I wanted to ask if other user use a stop bath when processing film I started to use plain water bath insted and so far so good
    any comments are welcome
    I use plain water when processesing film in my Jobo. The fact that the bottle my fixer (TF-4) comes in says "DO NOT USE ACID STOP BATH" probably has something to do with my choice. :-)

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    I prefer a stop bath in both film and paper, it immediately stops development dead in its track.
    When printing I find it extremely important to stop development and not wear out my fix as fast.

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