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    kodaks Sweet Odour

    ok maybe I've been in the darkroom a little too long but theres something that happens when i develop Kodak HIE film in a Paterson tank which has always happened and I'm not sure what it is. (apart from possibly bad for my health)
    When I process Kodak HIE weather it be in ID-11, D-76, D-19, Rodinal....etc
    if im developing a few of the films in a tank and i pop the lid and pour out the developer a sweet smell is also released. has anyone else noticed this sweet odor? I really like it HAHAHAHA.

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    Hi Steve,
    never with HIE, but when I develop the Arista.EDU 400 film, the one that's the same as Foma 400, it stinks of something no other film smells like. And that's after the pre-soak. I wish I could like how that smells...
    It's the only film I've noticed an odor from.

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    How about the natural fragrance of Tri X sheet film??..EC

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    The surfactant "Saponin" has a mild fruit or watermelon odor to it. That is the only chemical I can remember with any sort of odor that is used in film. It is used at such low concentration that I doubt if you could smell it. There is also a solvent used for the dye, but again the level is so low, you could not smell it and it would have evaporated during coating.

    The 120 rolls contain a chemical in the paper backing that has a sweet smell. You can smell it at Kodak Park as a slight odor in the background, near several buildings. Or you used to, anyhow.

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    Sounds like Steve's in the right business.

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    Hi Ron, the smell is defiantly there as you describe it is fruity! um you say its there in such a small amount, I'm curious if you are processing a large ammount you would smell it yes?
    Damn i wish I could invite you all over its not in my imagination its really there.

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    Well, ethyl acetate is used as one solvent, and it has an odor of bananas, but it too would have evaporated during coating. I really don't know what you are smelling, but I believe you.

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    I have noticed that sometimes getting photo chemicals on my hands brings out a smell of something I ate. Especially onions and garlic. If you had a bunch of that for dinner last night and then process sheet film, when you put your hands in the fix it smells strongly of garlic and onions. Yes I washed my hands.

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    Selenium has an odor of garlic. Have you been hitting the toner too much?

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    hahahaha yes selenium does. I tell you the most noxious smell I've come across in the darkroom occurs from mixing hot Ra-4 developer with hot Ra-4 bleach fix.
    What an upsetting experience that is!

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