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    Strad,
    You're using fiber based paper? That does require 5-10 minutes, as does film according to my packages. But for RC paper, it's 2-4 minutes in the fix for both the Kodak and Kentmere powder fixer I use. I use the double bath and do about 90 seconds in each, 3 minutes total. I allow 30 seconds in the first tray of fix and then turn the lights on, and I've read as little as 10 seconds is fine for RC paper.

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    No, I'm using Ilford RC Multi contrast paper.
    "Generalizations are made because they are generally true"
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    Quote Originally Posted by stradibarrius View Post
    No, I'm using Ilford RC Multi contrast paper.
    Three minutes will fix the hell out of Ilford RC.
    Last edited by JBrunner; 03-05-2009 at 08:32 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    That is great news!!!
    "Generalizations are made because they are generally true"
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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post
    Three minutes will fix the hell out of Ilford RC.
    Absolutely!

    RC paper fixes within 1 minute in film-strength (10%) ammonium thiosulfate (rapid fixer). Ilford FB takes 2x 1 minute in the same solution. It takes twice as long in sodium thiosulfate.
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    I use Arista Rapid Fixer from Freestyle Camera in Hollywood, and Lowell Huff at Clayton Chemicals, who manufactures it, told me during a recent phone conversation that only 30 seconds is needed to fix Ilford's RC papers in it. I give it a minute nevertheless and at 30 seconds I turn on the light to examine test strips as well as prints, especially the latter to determine if artifacts got onto my prints while the negatives were sitting in my enlarger.

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    Ralph, When I look at yor site it is very obvious you know a thing or two about photography!!! Everybody has a different take on what is a great shot and what is a good shot. Your tonal range, lighting and overall style in how I try to visualize my shots in my head. I am glad to find out that I don't have to wait 7 mins. for each print!

    Thanks everyone!
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    For Ilford RC paper and Ilford rapid fixer, 30 seconds in the fixer to allow you check that all the paper is away, then light on and a further 30 seconds looking at your wonderful creation/abomination to decide whether to whoop or cry, then a bit more just in case, then out into the wash....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbm View Post
    I use Arista Rapid Fixer from Freestyle Camera in Hollywood, and Lowell Huff at Clayton Chemicals, who manufactures it, told me during a recent phone conversation that only 30 seconds is needed to fix Ilford's RC papers in it. I give it a minute nevertheless and at 30 seconds I turn on the light to examine test strips as well as prints, especially the latter to determine if artifacts got onto my prints while the negatives were sitting in my enlarger.
    One minute is a good choice, because 30s is theoretically enough to fix but not always enough to secure an even liquid distribution over the entire print.
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    If you are using an alkaline or neutral fix and no stop. And if you use static water for the rinse after the developer and not running water, you can fog paper if you turn the lights on too soon. You see, developer gradually builds up in the static rinse and then is carried into the fix which then becomes a developer with a silver halide solvent in it, which assists in fogging the paper and developing it further. Light only adds to the injury.

    So, if you use an alkaline fix, make sure you use a stop or running water for a rinse.

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