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    Donald Qualls's Avatar
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    Jan 2005
    North Carolina, USA (transplanted from Seattle)
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    I recall E-4 color dev being a very, very dark purple, some 30+ years ago; that might have been normal, but the negative appearance and poor dye density could come from bad foggant -- you'd get a little additional development and accompanying dye deposition from the exposed areas if there wasn't a high level of halide solvent in the first dev (since the first dev probably isn't to completion, there'll be exposed halide that wasn't developed), but without the fogging effect, you wouldn't get the positive you should.

    In any case, you got what you needed -- except for the film, and the images on it...
    Photography has always fascinated me -- as a child, simply for the magic of capturing an image onto glossy paper with a little box, but as an adult because of the unique juxtaposition of science and art -- the physics of optics, the mechanics of the camera, the chemistry of film and developer, alongside the art in seeing, composing, exposing, processing and printing.

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    Ed Sukach's Avatar
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    Nov 2002
    Ipswich, Massachusetts, USA
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    Quote Originally Posted by kb244
    Well to give you an idea.
    Color developer Parts - One clear, the other almost black.
    Bleach Fix - Both very very dark
    needless to say the Color Dev +reversal was almost like a dark black rust color, and the Bleach Fix, was almost like a dark grape soda color.
    One component of the color developer was "almost black" and Color developer + reversal, a "dark black rust color..." ...
    *NO* doubt in my mind that chemistry was BAD!!! Probably on the shelf, or in storage, for years.

    Needless to say, they took back the merchandise, my wife returned it for me while I was at work, since I work 9 hour days, and typically 7 days a week.
    The place where you bought the stuff should be commended for accepting the return. At least there is *some* integrity left in this world.
    Carpe erratum!!

    Ed Sukach, FFP.

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