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Photographers' Formulary TF-4 Archival Rapid Fixer for Black & White Film & Paper - Makes 4 Gallons/16 Liters

B&H # PHTF4RF4G Mfr # 03-0142
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You Pay: $29.95

Photographers Formulary TF-4 Archival Rapid Fixer is an extraordinary fixer for both paper and most films.

TF-4 works well in batch processing, fixing resin coated paper in 30 seconds and fiber based paper in 60 seconds.

You can also use TF-4 on TMax films, fixing for 6 minutes to remove the magenta stain. it is recommended to run 20 rolls of film to 1 liter working solution.

TF-4 fixer does not require a stop bath or a hypo-clearing agent, and has little odor when mixed with distilled water.

TF-4 is a non-hardening fixer, which makes it excellent for prints that are to be toned or retouched. Most modern film emulsions have a built-in hardener, eliminating the need for hardener in the fix.

The stock solution which has a shelf life of 1 year is diluted 1:3 to make the working solution. The working solution has a shelf life of 6 months.

TF-4 is recommended in The Book of Pyro for PMK negatives, by Gordon Hutchings, due to the fact that an alkaline fixer solution such as TF-4 helps achieve maximum pyro stain on a negative.

A conventional rapid fix may diminish staining effects of pyro and PMK formula.

This will make 16 liters (4 gal. - Ship 1 gal.) of Working Solution.

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Photographers' FormularyTF-4 Archival Rapid Fixer for Black & White Film & Paper
 
4.8

(based on 4 reviews)

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Pros

  • Consistent reactions (4)
  • Easily cleaned (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Printing (4)
    • Enlarging (3)
    • Photography (3)
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    5.0

    Reliable Rapid Fix

    By The photographer

    from Queens, NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Reactions
    • Easily Cleaned

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Developing
    • Enlarging
    • Photography
    • Printing

    Comments about Photographers' Formulary TF-4 Archival Rapid Fixer for Black & White Film & Paper:

    I use this product to fix both film and fiber paper. It is recommended for use with PMK developer and I have found it reliable for this use as it doesn't remove the pyro stain. I never get staining with enlarging paper, either.

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    5.0

    The best fixer!

    By Dave

    from Lake orion, Michigan

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Reactions
    • Convenient
    • Easily Cleaned

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Developing
      • Enlarging
      • Photography
      • Printing

      Comments about Photographers' Formulary TF-4 Archival Rapid Fixer for Black & White Film & Paper:

      This is a fantastic product. I use it with both film and paper. An alkaline (plain water) stop bath is used with this so less chemistry is required when working. I don't use a second fix with this product and it rinses out quickly with relatively short wash times.

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      4.0

      Fantastic for Paper, but not for film

      By robby

      from New York, NY

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Reactions

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Enlarging
        • Printing

        Comments about Photographers' Formulary TF-4 Archival Rapid Fixer for Black & White Film & Paper:

        This fixes paper super fast and without a stop bath. I still follow much more stringent archival methods than the bottle requires, but this is all I use when I am making prints.

        Four stars because, for film, I used this with very little success. I use Ilford Pan F, Tmax and TriX films and I tried to fix all these films using TF-4 with horrible results. I even used fresh mixer for each roll of each type and it never cleared the tmax or trix and took forever (for a rapid fixer) to clear the Pan F (10 minutes). I'll never use it for film again.

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        5.0

        GREAT FIXER

        By j-man

        from dallas, tx.

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Consistent Reactions
        • Easily Cleaned

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography
          • Printing

          Comments about Photographers' Formulary TF-4 Archival Rapid Fixer for Black & White Film & Paper:

          This is one of the most convenient fixers i've ever used. Great for PMK developer.

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