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

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

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.

UPC: 675152301420

Photographers' Formulary TF-4 Specs

Chemistry TypeFixer
Liquid Volume1 x 1.0  gal / 3.8  L
Packaging Info
Package Weight12.6 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)11.5 x 5.9 x 5.8"

Photographers' Formulary TF-4 Reviews

Really good fixer!

By Chris
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-27

I've been using TF-4 for years because I need an alkaline fixer for PMK pyro developing. It works well, has little odor, and is convenient to mix up in a home darkroom. The only downside is the cost.

Fixer review

By Bruce
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-06-16

Excellent product, through the years. Same great results, for every film used.


By Bruce
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-01-17

I've rejected all fixers but TF-4 for B/W negs and prints.

excellent product

By Fran
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-05-24

I have used this item for a number of years in my paper processing - and am always happy with the results. Quick, almost odorless, and lasts a while.

Absolutely The Best Fixer Ever

By Craig
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-08-07

I have read other reviews that users where having trouble clearing Tri-X-Pan negatives with TF-4. Mixed correctly: 1 Quart TF-4, To 3 Quarts distilled water makes fixer which will clear my negs in 30 seconds with content agitation. I also use an open tank processing technique which eliminates any pouring time from a water rinse stop bath to TF-4. I have been using this chemical since I was in the darkroom making prints nearly twenty years ago and still use it for negatives which clear the film base perfectly for drum scanning. I would recommend this to a friend, but after 50 years of processing film and teaching photography for 40, it's hard to find a friend who would stand in a darkroom for hours to use chemicals to make a photograph.

Reliable Rapid Fix

By Edward
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2014-07-11

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.

For the pyro developing

By Seung Won
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-24

Long shelf life and easy to use

Very Versatile fixer for beginners and old pros

By Deane
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-10

Truly awesome film and paper fixer. No need for a stop bath with film - TF4 hates stop - just a water rinse before adding TF4. With paper it's the same (no stop) but TF4 also cuts down your archival print making wash time. It's the only fixer I use any more. Remember to give it a really, really good shake before mixing.

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