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    Well, I've never noticed a bad odor by mixing those chemicals together and there is nothing particularly unusual about either one or both combined. You basically get some ammonia odor.

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    When I first built my lab and tanked up my Ra-4 processor for the first time the developer and bleach mixed under the baths in the catchment with no wash water to drain it away. the smell was horrid
    I always assumed those chemicals when u mixed them made such a smell. maybe it was something else happening because the machine had been moth balled for so long before I reinstated it?

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    When I ran a Sitte dip and dunk I processed thousands of films each one does indeed have a different smell.
    The one I remember best is 120 Agfa Portrait 160 which had a strong smell of pear drops, (which were a kind of boiled sweet from my childhood).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Frizza View Post
    When I first built my lab and tanked up my Ra-4 processor for the first time the developer and bleach mixed under the baths in the catchment with no wash water to drain it away. the smell was horrid
    I always assumed those chemicals when u mixed them made such a smell. maybe it was something else happening because the machine had been moth balled for so long before I reinstated it?

    Maybe the trap was dry in the drain and you were exuding sewer odors from the drain.

    PE

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    Im enviro.

    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    Maybe the trap was dry in the drain and you were exuding sewer odors from the drain.

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    Nope Im a good boy. I set my lab up so nothing can go directly into the drain. even wash water. Everything goes to silver recovery or filtration.
    I wanted to make sure I did the right thing by the environment.

    ~steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by eclarke View Post
    How about the natural fragrance of Tri X sheet film??..EC
    The smell I never got tired of was when I opened a fresh 100 foot roll of EPN to reload our digital film recorder. It smelled like...pictures!

    Ed
    "I only wanted Uncle Vern standing by his new car (a Hudson) on a clear day. I got him and the car. I also got a bit of Aunt Mary's laundry, and Beau Jack, the dog, peeing on a fence, and a row of potted tuberous begonias on the porch and 78 trees and a million pebbles in the driveway and more. It's a generous medium, photography." -- Lee Friedlander

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    Recently, without changing anything at all in my processing, I started to experience a nice fragrance coming from my stainless tank and reels. Don't ask, but it smells like opium. Go figure.

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    I just like the smell of Kodak film in general. Super Gold 400 can be nice.
    Those who know, shoot film

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmal View Post
    Recently, without changing anything at all in my processing, I started to experience a nice fragrance coming from my stainless tank and reels. Don't ask, but it smells like opium. Go figure.

    Jmal
    My god your working in more than a photolab hehehehe. now im curious how do you know what opium smell like hehehe...

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    I do like the aroma of fresh film when I first open the container.
    I know a guy who is a major record collector of 1960s 45s & he has said that he often enjoys sniffing his rare vinyl.

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