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    No more stop bath

    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
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    I've never used a stop bath in film, other than plain tap water. I develop all my films (normally HP5+ in Rodinal or ID-11) mixing developer and fixer with tap water, and when the development stage ends, I just fill the tank 3 times with water, and then fix. Never seen a problem. But I'm a rookie, so...

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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 one. Water will work fine but the fixer life suffers. In the end, it is probably more economical to use a stop bath.
    That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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    stop bath

    Quote Originally Posted by Flotsam
    I use one. Water will work fine but the fixer life suffers. In the end, it is probably more economical to use a stop bath.
    I try to mix new fixer as needed I may put 3 or 5 120 roll trugh it (1500mml)
    and mix some more as needed but I like using the water bath best (no smell)
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    I use water and a stop bath. I rinse the film in water after pouring out the developers and then give it 30 seconds in a stop bath. As pointed out previously, stop bath increases the effective life of fixer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flotsam
    I use one. Water will work fine but the fixer life suffers. In the end, it is probably more economical to use a stop bath.
    True if you use just one water rinse, but if 2 or 3 then I'd doubt it makes any differance.

    If you use Tmax films its the incorporated dyes that diminish the fixers life far faster.

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    and you get that ugly pink cast
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    I only use stop bath with Amidol - (one kind of paper developer) and only then a VERY weak acetic acid solution - such that it is exhausted when I dump the tray. And that only because I had some staining when I didn't use it. I use an archival fixer and developers don't mess with it's ph much. I test it an dump it after it fails to completely clear a test film strip in one minute and get the full capacity of sq/in per liter the fixer should get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flotsam
    I use one. Water will work fine but the fixer life suffers. In the end, it is probably more economical to use a stop bath.
    True with an acid fixer. With an alkaline fixer the stop will kill your fixer faster.

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