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    Washing technique

    I was hoping to be a little bit more economic with my wash water for 120 films. I've read the Ilford agitation technique for films, but feel a little bit nervous doing that.

    In flowing water and dunking the film, what could be my minimum wash time?

    Any thoughts?

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    Dear Gary,

    I know how you feel (Yes, yes, I know I'm being irrational!). My solution is to just add a bath of hypo clearing agent (not hypo eliminator). For some reason it calms my nerves without drinking it.

    Neal Wydra

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Holliday View Post
    I was hoping to be a little bit more economic with my wash water for 120 films. I've read the Ilford agitation technique for films, but feel a little bit nervous doing that.

    In flowing water and dunking the film, what could be my minimum wash time?

    Any thoughts?
    Dear Garry,

    There's a huge thread on this, under some such title as 'Does fixer leach out?'

    I have used nothing but the Ilford technique for 15-20 years.

    Cheers,

    R.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Holliday View Post
    I was hoping to be a little bit more economic with my wash
    water for 120 films. I've read the Ilford agitation technique
    for films, but feel a little bit nervous doing that.
    Any thoughts?
    I've no qualms with the Ilford sequence. I don't rush it at
    all and even interrupt with some little clean-up twixt changes
    and inversions. A final short fourth rinse comes with a half
    strength Photo Flo. Squeegee with a Jobo or other brand
    eight blade squeegee and they dry fast.

    Using 500ml water each change plus the Photo Flo adds
    up to 2 liters. I keep a jug of room temperature water ready
    for the purpose. Warmer water speeds diffusion and allows
    for a more thorough extraction. Dan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Hicks View Post
    Dear Garry,

    There's a huge thread on this, under some such title as 'Does fixer leach out?'

    I have used nothing but the Ilford technique for 15-20 years.

    Cheers,

    R.
    I get bored reading huge long threads but I'll have a go!

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    Remember, we are no lab assistants, we are photographer.

    Stay with techniques, which have proven over years (->Roger).

    I made the mistake to be oversensitive to such things. This takes you the fun. It is partly the fault of too much reading such posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diwolf View Post
    I made the mistake to be oversensitive to such things. This takes you the fun. It is partly the fault of too much reading such posts.
    Dear Dietmar,

    I could not agree more.

    To quote Keynes, "In the long run, we are all dead."

    Cheers,

    R.

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    I'm about to post some additional comments on the "LONG THREAD" that I suggest you all read.

    PE

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    Phew 12 pages long. I'll stick to my original method. The planet isn't planning on running out of water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Holliday View Post
    The planet isn't planning on running out of water.
    Not by a long shot. Ice maybe. Dan

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