Wondering if anyone has an explanation for this:
I've got a bunch of Kodabromide F-4 paper, expired in 1971, that was kept in a university deep freeze. It's lost contrast, but is actually still very nice for around grade 2-3 use. I've compared it to another box of 11x14 F-3, which was fogged a bit, and this stuff is fine.
Anyways; when I put it in the developer (Neutol NE), it stinks something fierce. Very much like rubber, or old tires. Not at all like sulphur. Definetly rubbery. I'm wondering what is causing this smell? It seems to have tainted the developer, 'cause now I'm back to processing current Ilford Multigrade and the smell is still hanging around.
Another thing I noticed was that when the paper was in the fix (ilford rapid), small bubbles were coming up from the edges of the paper. Like alka seltzer, only less active.
I'm excited to put this paper to use on some beefy negs. Would love to know what the source of that funk is, though!