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    A Short Story About Why I Think Arista RA-4 Chemicals Are Kodak

    My Father had been working for Qualex (A subsidiary of Kodak) Since 96" And had worked his way up to a managerial position and was transferred to the complex in Stone Mountain, GA around 2006. Occasionally he would take me into work when my mother would be working late or for lunch during this time I was pretty much free to roam the building messing with things I shouldn't Have and going through the giant wheeled bins of prints ready to be sent out to customers and intake bins full of envelopes containing rolls of film, As well as looking at the giant automated sorting machinery, but I Digress. Out of all the things I can remember of that building was its smell. So unique and interesting. A Smell I can't describe yet will never forget. Well, A few weeks ago I was mixing some RA-4 Chem from Arista and threw it in my roller transport processor to my surprise I had an instant rush of nostalgia and melancholy feelings from those days and what triggered this? The smell of Arista RA-4 Is exactly that of the Qualex Lab I Remember so fondly.

    In Conclusion This is why I am fairly sure Arista RA-4 Is of Kodak Origins.
    Minolta X-700, Nikon FM3A, Mamiya RB67 PRO-S

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    Perhaps a competing company that is marketing chemistries of low odor should think over their strategy again...

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    The Kodak products are allegedly made by Champion under licensing contract, and none of this is
    exactly a trade secret. I buy Kodak brand RA/RT for its reliability. Someone would have to do
    careful parallel testing to see if these are in fact identical formulas, unless someone at Freestyle
    actually knows and are not guessing themselves.

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    Kodak needs cash , a new lable on the same box .
    I would do it.

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    Kodak sold that business over 6 years ago.

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    Why should it not smell similar if it is made up of the same or similar chemicals?

    Cinnamon is packed by many companies, but smells the same! Right?

    PE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    Why should it not smell similar if it is made up of the same or similar chemicals?


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    My thoughts exactly.
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    Kodak RA4 dev smells exactly the same a the brand of nappy (diaper) wipes we use on our boy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by perkeleellinen View Post
    Kodak RA4 dev smells exactly the same a the brand of nappy (diaper) wipes we use on our boy.
    Errrrrm . . . before or after use ???


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    Quote Originally Posted by perkeleellinen View Post
    Kodak RA4 dev smells exactly the same a the brand of nappy (diaper) wipes we use on our boy.
    Kodak is making diaper wipes now?

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