This is a 1 liter bottle of Harman Selenium Toner from Ilford. It is another innovation by Ilford Photographic, a leader in the film/chemical industry. This toner provides rich and deep blacks with a tendency to push color towards the purplish end of the spectrum. Olive hues will be absorbed yielding brown tones on fiber-based silver paper.
- Liquid Concentrate
- Works on RC and Fiber-Based Paper
- Tonal Change Depends on Paper Used
- Working Strength of Approx. 6 Months
Ilford Harman Selenium Toner Overview
Ilford Harman Selenium Toner Specs
|Liquid Volume||1 x 33.8 fl oz / 1.0 L|
|Package Weight||2.97 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||8.55 x 3.4 x 2.8"|
Ilford Harman Selenium Toner Reviews
This product yields reasonable toning. Less aggressive than the old Kodak toner. Tray life could be Improved.
I used the toner on some Ilford fibre base Warmtone with excellent results. I used a 1:20 solution following the instructions. The Ilford Warmtone has greenish blacks which turn to rich blacks when tuned. I experimented with higher solution concentrations and longer toning times. Not a fan of the results, your mileage may vary. As to archival qualities, well that is something that time will tell...ensure you use in well ventilated area and follow the safety instructions. The results are worth the effort.
Are all Selenium toners created equal?
It might just be me and I only recently started toning everything, but this toner doesn't seem to be quite as active as the Berg Selenium toner - still has the powerful odor of ammonia though. Harman says to use at 1:3 which is REALLY strong! You'd better have some GOOD ventilation in your darkroom before you try that strength. You probably don't want to leave an open tray of this stuff sitting out for long lest you are driven from the room. It seems to me with the Berg I could tone at around 1:15 and begin to get some visible change in the print after 4-6 minutes in the bath. With the Harman toner, I first tried 1:6 (I thought 1:3 was too high) and didn't see any perceptible change at all after about 6 minutes. Changed the ratio to 1:3 and I do get a subtle but definite shift in tone after a few minutes, but the odor is scary strong and hard to stay near the open tray to watch the progress of the toning. With MGIV Warmtone, the change is fast and dramatic, but I use cooltone FB for most of my work. At 1:3 it looks like I'll go through this expensive bottle of toner in a few short weeks, where the Berg lasted for months and many, many prints. My personal jury is still out on this product, but I'll keep trying and with time I may yet discover some advantage of using this brand over the Berg. Can't see it right now.
Easy to use solution for ensuring print stability.
An excellent toner
Harman's Sellenium Toner is an excellent product and it works very rapidly, actually much more quickly than Kodak's Selenium. It needs less to tone fibre based paper, and I am pleased with the range of tones that it produces.
Container in good condition and the product does what it is supposed to. Could be a little cheaper, but for such an analog material it is worth it.
Get your Tone on!
Love it. I use a 1:3 for quick change and archival permanence.
Had an selenium toner
So glad Harman continues to make this product
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