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  1. nealjpage

    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    So, has anyone used other Kodak fixers other than RapidFix? Freestyle has two other options, both of which are cheaper. One is called Kodafix and the other is just listed as Kodak Fixer Powder. They all claim to contain hardeners. What's the difference? I've used RapidFix before and was satisfied with it. Any suggestions? Money's a bit of a issue, which is why I'm considering the other two :)
     
  2. Torus34

    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I've never used a fixer other than Kodak Fixer. I use it according to the manufacturer's directions.
     
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    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    Oh, I forgot to add that I use it for film, not for papers. At least not yet. Not until I get the rest of my darkroom together.
     
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    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I've used Kodak powdered fixer. Clearing times may be a little longer than rapid fixer, but it's not much.
     
  5. nealjpage

    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    Is the hardener as good? Or does it really make any difference?
     
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    I don't use hardeners. I've never had a problem with soft emulsion on film or paper. With Kodak Rapid Fix I just use solution A. These days I'm using TF-4 fixer, which doesn't have a hardener mixed in that I am aware of. The only problem I have with hardener is that it makes my prints resistant to toning. Other than that it makes no difference that I can tell.
     

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