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    Quote Originally Posted by fschifano
    It might be cheaper to use Kodak's Flexicolor fixer. From B&H and Adorama you can get enough concentrate to make 5 gallons for about $8 US without the fuss and bother of shipping and storing 25kg. of sodium thoisulfate. The stuff works and works well.
    As I mentioned in my post, I'm in Australia, and there aren't any cut-price outlets on this side of the Pacific Ocean. We are lucky to have a good range of photo products available, but prices are a lot higher than you pay. Bulk chemicals, on the other hand, are fairly easy for me to collect in the car. There is certainly inconvenience in storing and mixing. Last time I priced the bulk chemicals, Ole's Fixer was about 30% of the cost of ready made.

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    John S, do you purchase your chemicals in Melbourne? I haven't needed to purchase any bulk chemicals for close to 12 years.

    When the original owner of CanChem went out of business, I bought bucket loads of chemicals for extremely low prices. This turned out to be a very good thing, I've been developing hundreds of rolls of film each year, at a cost that would make you cry.

    However all good things come to an end, I will be requiring some bulk chemicals in the next year to replenish some of the depleted stock. However, I cannot seem to find anywhere in the country to get bulk photographic chemicals.

    I was told that VanBar's may be a possibility, but on a flying visit two weeks ago to get some RA4 paper, I didn't see any bulk chemicals.

    As usual the shop is so busy one seems to wait forever until your turn comes up, then the assistant rushes your order through and is onto the next customer.

    Heavens that shop must outsell all other analogue photo stores combined in Australia. The immediate customer before me, purchased a back pack of B&W paper along with chemicals, staggered out to his bike, then rode off to print the weekend away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick Fagan
    John S, do you purchase your chemicals in Melbourne? I haven't needed to purchase any bulk chemicals for close to 12 years.

    When the original owner of CanChem went out of business, I bought bucket loads of chemicals for extremely low prices. This turned out to be a very good thing, I've been developing hundreds of rolls of film each year, at a cost that would make you cry.

    However all good things come to an end, I will be requiring some bulk chemicals in the next year to replenish some of the depleted stock. However, I cannot seem to find anywhere in the country to get bulk photographic chemicals.

    I was told that VanBar's may be a possibility, but on a flying visit two weeks ago to get some RA4 paper, I didn't see any bulk chemicals.

    As usual the shop is so busy one seems to wait forever until your turn comes up, then the assistant rushes your order through and is onto the next customer.

    Heavens that shop must outsell all other analogue photo stores combined in Australia. The immediate customer before me, purchased a back pack of B&W paper along with chemicals, staggered out to his bike, then rode off to print the weekend away.

    Mick.

    Vanbar have a new outlet in North Melbourne. Bulk chemicals are there, but not on display. Check their prices at

    http://www.vanbar.com.au/catalogue/index.php

    Best to phone and place an order, and go in when you have confirmed availability., since they don't have every chemical in every size on the shelf. Quantities are made up one day a week, I think currently on Wednesdays, by Mario.

    Pricewise, they are good on some things, a bit expensive for others, but it depends on quantities. If you can store 25kg bags of hypo, sodium sulphite, etc, then many chemical suppliers have these in technical (industrial) grades, not super pure. Price depends on purity. Price usually includes delivery, so if you ask for their best price if you pick up, it can be much cheaper.
    I buy from various chemical suppliers for 25kg bags, e.g. sodium sulphite. I priced hypo at Vival at Laverton and Spectrum (distributor for Orica) last year- don't have the figure, but it was cheap. Purity specs available and seemed ok. Sometimes 99% pure and 97% pure are photographically equivalent if the main impurity is something benign, like sodium sulphAte in sodium sulphite. I guess generally the main impurities to look out for are metals.

    Then there are Ajax and Merck Australia, but they are very expensive. They will sell to us, but Sigma will not, which is a pity since they have lots of nice stuff at (comparatively) low prices.

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    Many thanks for the quick and knowledgeable responses to my question. I'll probably go with the C-41 Flexicolor fix and see how that works for me.

    - Robert
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    John S, many thanks for that, it appears that VanBar have most things, except CD4 or CD3.

    I used to work for a company in the seventies which had an account with Sigma, I used to tack my little bits onto our orders. It was either them, or May & Baker for most of our stuff.

    Mick.

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    Sorry for Hijacking, but what about using Part A of my RA4 Blix? Kodak Cat 891 5753. It says it contains Ammonium thiosulphate, sodium bisulphate, ammonium sulphite and ammonium acetate.

    I was going to print RA4, but now I'm not. Could I use this for BW fix?

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    This thread is 5 years old.
    Jesus, no.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thedancefloor View Post
    Sorry for Hijacking, but what about using Part A of my RA4 Blix? Kodak Cat 891 5753. It says it contains Ammonium thiosulphate, sodium bisulphate, ammonium sulphite and ammonium acetate.

    I was going to print RA4, but now I'm not. Could I use this for BW fix?
    That sounds like fixer to me. I'm wanting to say that the bleach and fix are seperate until mixed by the user, so as long as you havent mixed the two together, you should be good.
    "I have captured the light and arrested its flight! The sun itself shall draw my pictures!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildbill View Post
    This thread is 5 years old.
    Jesus, no.
    we've brought it back to life! It lives! Muahahhahahahaaa!









    "I have captured the light and arrested its flight! The sun itself shall draw my pictures!"

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    The clear part of the RA4 blix kit can be used as a B&W fix. The catch is ---- what dilution do you mix it up to? This I do not know. All I know is that the "fix" part of the blix kit is too dilute for films at its suggested dilution and so it must be mixed with less water.

    Good luck!

    PE

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