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    I use the fixing time to wash tanks and spirals. This has to be done anyway so why worry about a few extra seconds in the fix?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NormanV View Post
    I use the fixing time to wash tanks and spirals.
    This has to be done anyway so why worry about a few extra ...
    Extra minutes for that matter, fix and wash. As well as a PhotoFlo
    rinse to prepare I've also some clean up and shelving to do. The
    three stage Ilford wash sequence is done in a leasurely manor.

    The determining factors are volume and the established work
    flow. In the 50s I adopted rapid fix because of the volume of
    prints I was turning out; scores at any one session. Now my
    volume is low. Even my fix is the old slow sodium form.

    Has to do with different strokes for different ... . A one
    size fits all approach just won't cut in the darkroom.
    I and yourself are proof of that. Dan

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    I clean my tanks and reels after using the Photo Flo. So, the fix and wash times do not enter into the cleanup as it has to be done after the final rinse.

    PE

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    I'm thrilled that someone is doing R&D with silver-based photography!

    There's an APUGer who I have been in contact with who can't find anyone to teach her film and darkroom processing. I'd teach her what I know, but we live hundreds of miles apart. She's doing her best tho', but it makes me sad that everywhere she turns, no one will teach her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jim appleyard View Post
    I'm thrilled that someone is doing R&D with silver-based photography!

    There's an APUGer who I have been in contact with who can't find anyone to teach her film and darkroom processing. I'd teach her what I know, but we live hundreds of miles apart. She's doing her best tho', but it makes me sad that everywhere she turns, no one will teach her.
    Jim, you might let us know where she is and then if a member is interested in helping they could make contact.

    Ron, this is great news indeed. Thank you so much for your many, many years of helping all of us. Please let us know when it is available so we can all support you.

    Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by NormanV View Post
    I don't understand this post. I use Hypam at 1:4, fix for two minutes and wash using Ilfords inversion method. What can be quicker than that?
    Well, this is rather concentrated, at 1:4. IDK about you but I can do better and I can reduce wash times!

    Have fun with your process. I think mine is shorter and will use less water.

    PE

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    Superfix sounds like a valuable contribution. Note from the discussion above: hardener = slower fixing and harder washing.

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    Ron, if you manage to get this product in the ball park cost wise (less expensive than TF-4), then I'll support it all the way. If I can save water by adding some to my fixer cost, then i think the added expense will 'come out in the wash' so to speak
    Great work, you're one of my heroes for sure!
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    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

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    Thanks for letting us know Ron,
    would this "superfix" be equally useable with FB papers as with films?
    Matt Gorringe

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    Matt;

    This fixer will work with RC, FB and with film at the proper dilutions and wash times.

    PE

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