The life is outstanding (six months once it is mixed, more if you dont mix it) Its fairly cheap and easy to use since its a liquid.
It smells a little but less if you use distilled water, and i keep the trays covered.
It is non-hardening, the same as most fixers that can be used for paper, but means that you need to check if your film has hardener built in. It is also supposedly non-reducing, although im not really sure since i have never run tests,or seen any to prove this. This means in theory it should leave your blacks a little blacker!
Finally, you can order direct from Formulary.
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Reason: Sorry, I just posted a two word answer before, I wanted to save the thread so i could come back and post a real answer.
Ilford Rapid all the way. I have been using it for years and have no complaints. I have thought of switching to TF-4 but after lookin at some of the numbers above, I'll stick with Ilford Rapid, + they have been a APUG sponsor for years and Simon's participation in the site is a huge selling feature to me.
Ilford Hypam, for both negs and prints. It's about $25 for a 5L bottle and that lasts a very good long time.
And like c6h6o3 says - you can buy it in the store, which means I don't have to pay shipping for it.
It works really well with Pyro negs too if you wonder. No adverse effects to the stain at all.
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