Best chemical sources?
Alas and alack, my photo chemical source for many years has closed its doors. Tri-Ess Sciences of Burbank, which I used to visit personally and then by mail, is gone. Old Ira Katz is deceased. http://www.tri-esssciences.com/ (Ira invented many of the chemical special effects used in Hollywood such as human fireballs and such.)
Anyway, what companies are your favorite suppliers? Certainly Photographer's Formulary. Who else?
My (new) ideal source would have:
1. Great prices, of course!
2. A wide variety of chemicals, from sodium sulfite to TEA to chloro-hydroquinone. (Does anyone really have the latter?)
3. Low or no minimum order.
4. Reasonable shipping rates.
5. And of course, great service!
Where do you buy your chemicals? Any caveats?
If I didn't have to pay tax because they are located in New York State where I live, I would do more shopping here:
I have been with Artcraft for 5 years now , Michael is nice guy, he would weigh out any size order ...
his prices are reasonable and the shiping is less then Photographers' Formulary beeing on the east coast.
I believe Photographers' Formulary is the only source for Glycin.
"Pictures are not incidental frills to a text; they are essences of our distinctive way of knowing." Stephen J. Gould
I use ARTCRAFT for many of the developing reagents and for gallon jugs of 60% ammonium Thiosulfate.
I buy my Glycin and P-Aminophenol from Photographer's Formulary
I like The Chemistry Store for Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Thiosulfate, Sodium Carbonate etc.
Everything is analog - even digital :D
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Formulary for its selection, glycin primarily, and Artcraft for prices and for being close to where I am.
In this post, John mentioned that http://www.alfa.com sells chlorohydroquinone, though it seems to be on back order now.
Originally Posted by Paul Verizzo
Sodium sulfite will be available in your local chemical supply house or technical supply and it is a lot cheaper than buying as a photo chemical. Sodium Carbonate is available, at least to me, in the local art supply store as soda ash. (pure sodium carbonate) also much cheaper than from the photo chemical store. I have used the art store sodium carbonate for film and paper developers for many years. I buy the sodium sulfite from a chemical supply house here in 60 pound bags (a little over 25 kilos) at quite a substantial savings.
Sodium carb is also available as Arm & Hammer Washing Soda. Borax is available as 20 Mule Team Borax; both found in grocery stores.
I know I'll start a war here re: purity of these two, BUT, they *CAN* be used for photo purposes. I'm not trying to say one grade is better than the other, just that they are available and can be used.
Anchell desribes CHQ as expensive and dangerous to manufacture. I wonder if it really is available? I only know of a couple of formulas that use it; old ones at that.
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I guess the trick is knowing what comes from where - Artcraft, Formulary, Ebay (careful with this one,) Trader Joes, Leslie Pool Supply. A lot of different places for different things. If I could pick only one for stuff I can't get at the local shopping center it would likely be Artcraft - great people, service, selection and price.
My photos are always without all that distracting color ...