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    Question for chemistry wizards

    One of which I am not...

    I found a bottle of EDTA (Ethylenedinitrilotetraacetic acid) in the shop and I wanted to know if I should buy it or not. I think it's 1 kg and it costs 35 euros (45 US$). On the bottle you can read: "Ethylenedinitrilotetraacetic acid, disodium salt dihydrate". Is it good for photographic use ? Is this a good price ?

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    In 30 years the only time I've used EDTA is in colour chemistry, a poster in the articles section seems to use it extensively in his B&W reversal processing.

    Price wise it is cheap to buy, that seems expensive.

    Ian

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    I always thought that EDTA stood for Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid.
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    George -

    Do you actually have a use for it? If not, then whether the price is reasonable is irrelevant.

    A 500g container costs US$17 at B&S, so my reaction would be to think that the price is a bit high.
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    George;

    That is a good price but probably more than you need. At first glance, I thought it read NTA. For anyone that read the initial post, sorry. I reedited.

    PE

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    Na2 EDTA (disodium EDTA, there's also a different compound: Na4 EDTA -> tetrasodium EDTA... These are aliases, not proper chemical names BTW.) is a chelation agent which is very useful if you're doing iron based alternative processes such as Pt/Pd, Kallitype, Vandyke, Agryrotype, New Chrysotype. It's commonly used as the primary "acidic" clearing bath (at 2-5% strenght). Na4 EDTA is/may be used later as secondary alkaline clearing bath (often mixing it with 2-5% Sodium Sulfite). You need an acidic first clearing bath with iron processes. If not, residual unexposed iron may react with the -OH functional group of the alkali solution and form insoluble Ferric Hydroxide which will stain the paper yellow and won't wash out since it is insoluble.

    I can buy a kg of this compound for just $5 here in Istanbul.

    Hope this helps,
    Loris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by colrehogan View Post
    I always thought that EDTA stood for Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid.
    Diaminoethanetetraacetic acid
    Edetic acid
    Edetate
    Ethylenedinitrilotetraacetic acid
    Versene
    Ethylene diamine tetracetic acid


    These are the names Wikipedia mentions that are used for it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Papantoniou View Post
    One of which I am not...

    I found a bottle of EDTA (Ethylenedinitrilotetraacetic acid) in the shop and I wanted to know if I should buy it or not. I think it's 1 kg and it costs 35 euros (45 US$). On the bottle you can read: "Ethylenedinitrilotetraacetic acid, disodium salt dihydrate". Is it good for photographic use ? Is this a good price ?
    g'day george

    what would you use it for?

    distilled water may be of more use in the darkroom, and it's really cheap

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    I was intendig to use it as a clearing bath for pt/pd prints... I need 50g for each lt of clearing bath, so with a kg of it I can make 20 lt of clearing bath.

    Loris, I think that when I come to Istanbul (not Constantinople, tum, di-tum, di-tum) I'll buy some EDTA... for the time being, I have no choice... Could there be two kinds of it (this one I found seems quite "pure", since it's sold for chemistry labs, in a nice bottle etc)...

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    Kalimera Yorgos,

    See:
    Bereket Kimya, http://www.bereketkimya.com/iletisim.html
    (The picture on top, it's very close to Galata Bridge)
    For buying chemical compounds in Istanbul. Right next to Bereket Kimya there's another store for chemicals: Balmumcu Kimya.

    Yassou,
    Loris.

    P.S. Do not mix it all in once, mix fresh before each session.

    Quote Originally Posted by George Papantoniou View Post
    I was intendig to use it as a clearing bath for pt/pd prints... I need 50g for each lt of clearing bath, so with a kg of it I can make 20 lt of clearing bath.

    Loris, I think that when I come to Istanbul (not Constantinople, tum, di-tum, di-tum) I'll buy some EDTA... for the time being, I have no choice... Could there be two kinds of it (this one I found seems quite "pure", since it's sold for chemistry labs, in a nice bottle etc)...

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