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    Try using Kodak Professional Fixer without the hardener. This will do much reduce the odor.

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    I am using Ryuji's Neutral Rapid Fixer (I switched from TF-4) - it's fast and easy to mix and has no ammonia smell. I get my chemicals from Artcraft.

    http://www.apug.org/forums/article.p...=99#comment861
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    You can also pick up reasonably accurate scales for $50 or less on eBay or from various Internet retailers. I've got an Escali Liberta PR100 which has a capacity of 100g and a resolution of 0.05g. I paid about $35 or $40, IIRC, from an eBay seller. If I were to do it again I'd probably go for two scales: One with better (0.01g) resolution for materials that need to be weighed in small quantities and another with poorer resolution but higher capacity for items that are used in large amounts. For the latter, a spring-loaded kitchen scale would probably be adequate.

    I did a bit of research on the topic before I bought my scale. My conclusion is that the cheap scales, like my Escali, are likely to be accurate enough for photographic purposes so long as you don't try to measure quantities that are too close to their resolution limits. The drawbacks are that they're more likely to break and they're likely to have lower capacities than more expensive scales with the same resolution limits.

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    Tom, will this fixer be OK with staining developers?

    I've been using 510 pyro and I've been using the TF-4.

    Thanks

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    TF4 is a Formulary exclusive - not real cheap but very high capacity
    TF3 is well published, very inexpensive, does 20 8x10 (or rolls) of film per liter or about 40 sheets of RC paper per liter - Less sheets of FB paper.

    I have used both and was happy with both. I continue to use TF3 and would recommend it with no hesitation. I also recommend a scale. - I sell industrial scales. My choice is overkill so get one from E-Bay - get a test weight too if you like.

    Funny thing about photographic equipment - almost none of it is mandatory but all of it makes you a better artist. I recently bought an aligner for my enlarger - I would have never though it was essential - now I do. A scale is essential and for me - a densitometer is essential. None of these pieces were expensive - (e-bay) compared with my 47mm Schneider XL.

    Just my observation.
    My photos are always without all that distracting color ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikebarger
    Tom, will this fixer be OK with staining developers?

    I've been using 510 pyro and I've been using the TF-4.

    Thanks

    Mike
    Mike, I use it regularly with staining developers - it works very well indeed with them - like TF-4 but without the ammonia stink.
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    Mix the TF4 with distilled water, it cuts the oder to nearly nothing.
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    I forgot to add, I find Ryuji's Neutral Rapid Fixer has greater fixing capacity than TF-4.
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    Before I decide which size to buy, how long does the concentrate last once opened?
    No idea what's going to happen next, but I'm hoping it involves being wrist deep in chemicals come the weekend.

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    i use a 5L bottle of agfa Fx-universal
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