Re: Chemicals for 35mm film?

From: D. Mark Andrews (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Mar 07 2008 - 21:50:07 PST


Not sure where you are going here since you jump directly to the fixing
stage and don't mention the development stage of your exposed film. Assuming
you have a plan and simply need a fixer solution I'll suggest this:

Sodium Thiosulfate (called hypo for short--long story, don't ask) is
extremely cheap. One pound which will set you back around $5 US, I'm told it
is cheaper in Europe. Most modern fixers are derived from this fixer and it
has been used successfully for over a hundred years. A simple working
solution would be 150gms in 100ml of distilled water.

But a excellent non-hardening, rapid fixer like TF-4 from Photographer's
Formulary ( will only set you back $10 US. It
works faster and clears more quickly.

These will not work with color film as far as I know. My understanding of
color film is that color fixers contain sodium thiosulfate, but are mixed
with a bleach solution. Even hardcore professional photographer's rarely
process their own color film since the chemistry is tricky and temperature
control is extremely important.


-----Original Message-----
From: Lundgren [mailto:email suppressed]
Sent: Friday, March 07, 2008 9:02 AM
To: email suppressed
Subject: Chemicals for 35mm film?

Dear framework(s)ers

I need some advice on what I can use to fix or modify common 35mm "still
picture" film. I have about ten rolls that I wanna use to make "moving
pictures", it's a varying sort of both B/W and color film.

What I want is advice on cheap stuff that I can get at a low (almost, and
preferably; no) cost.

I'd like to - if possible - be able to make my gray leaders (partly) clear,
so that I may controll the "background" color of the film.


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