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

Photographers' Formulary TF-4 Archival Rapid Fixer for Black & White Film & Paper - Makes 1 Gallon

Photographers' Formulary TF-4 Archival Rapid Fixer for Black & White Film & Paper - Makes 1 Gallon

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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 1 gallon of Working Solution.

UPC: 675152301413
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Photographers' Formulary 03-0141 specs

Chemistry Type Fixer
Powder/Liquid Liquid
Liquid Volume 1 x 33.8  fl oz / 1.0  L
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.8 x 3.2 x 3.1"

Photographers' Formulary 03-0141 reviews

TF-4 Archival Rapid Fixer for Black & White Film & Paper is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 31.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Non Acid Rapid Fix When you are looking for an easily removed rapid fix, this is the product you are looking for. It works well with pyro staining developers and it is removed easily from film and paper.The fixer comes as a concentrated mixture in a bottle which should be mixed well and then mixed completely with 3x as much water (one quart makes one gallon). Mixing the concentrate well enough to use as a one shot fixer appears to be all but impossible, unlike concentrated liquid fixers (i.e. ilford and sprint). One gallon working strength fixer may be stored in a jug for a while, so this is not a particular issue.
Date published: 2012-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I really like it I chose this fixer for my film due to it being a concentrate that makes a gallon of working solution (instead of 5 liters or other odd amounts that I didn't have a container for.) Also a good price, considering how long it lasts. I'm still using the batch I mixed up over a year ago and it works great. I haven't used it on prints yet. I've used it on HP5+, Fuji acros, TMAX and TriX. I use a distilled water stop bath on my film before fixing, though the directions state no stop is needed.
Date published: 2011-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Stuff!!! Mixes easily into 1 gallon of working solution. It makes my workflow super streamlined because I don't have to use a stop bath. Just do a 1 min rinse then fix for a few minutes. Works very quickly and removes the magenta stain from tri-x. Good stuff, will definitely buy again.
Date published: 2015-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best fixer I have used Super easy to mix. Stock solution lasts for months. Mixed solution is good for 30-50 rolls. Clears film quickly.
Date published: 2014-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice rapid fixer It does a fine job as a fixer. No need for a stop bath solution. Dries well with no streaking.
Date published: 2015-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Fixer This is the best fixer around at the moment. It eliminates stop bath, hypo cleaning, and shortens washing time; therefore, you can save money and water!!
Date published: 2013-12-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No Air/Liquid Tight Seal. Bottle has much wider & shallower No Air/Liquid Tight Seal. Bottle has much wider & shallower neck. Unlike a previous batches of the same fixer, the current batch of TF4(1 Liter/To make 1 Gal), is provided by the manufacturer with no Air/Liquid Tight Seal at the spout of bottle neck. It has been verified with B&H customer service. Doubt it much, that the current TF4 will possess the same shelf life as before. It could be already oxidized before it effectively used! Unfortunately, a true regression in quality. This�stock solution of the�fixer is not supplied in truly concentrated form. It is diluted in order of only 1:3 for working solution, not 1:30 or even 1:9. It should be dispensed in sealed Air/liquid tight bottles/jugs, with narrow and long bottle neck, plus deep lid. The fixer is supplied in transparent bottles as before, But currently with much wider mouth maybe double diameter and much shallower neck of the bottle compared with previous bottles.� Not happy, why Photographer's Formulary adopted a much lower standard of quality by providing TF4 bottles with no Air/Liquid Tight Seal under the bottle lid. BTW, my experience with the shelf life of previous batches(Air/Liquid Tight Sealed bottles with high and narrow neck) of the fixer, is excellent. Bottled water, grocery drinks, etc.. have some sort of seals, if broken you will not buy. Why Photographer's Formulary TF4 chemistry is not provided in Air/Liquid Tight Sealed bottles?! Do not know about TF5 bottle.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works great, smells bad It is a pretty useful product. I skipped the stop bath and my paper/film just directly goes in here after the developer. Clears my film pretty quick, around 20 seconds, and gets rid of the purple stain. The only bad thing is that it smells awful. I would recommend the new TF-5 that doesn't smell as bad but works the same.
Date published: 2014-06-25
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