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Is a Floating Paraffin Oiled'ed Lid Useful in a Darkroom?

I toured a winery that used a large stainless steel tank to dispense wine. The tank had a pour spout at the bottom and a floating lid on top. I was told that paraffin oil was poured over the top of ...
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How to use Adostop Eco stop bath?

I am about to use the following Adostop Eco concentrate. I have two questions: It's stated there for film it requires 30sec. What time does it refer to? Agitation? Can we reuse the stop bath after we ...
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Is it safe to keep your chemical (developer/fixer/stopbath) outdoor?

Is it safe to keep your chemical (developer/fixer/stopbath) outdoor? Like balcony? But inside a storage with lid.
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Can film be visually inspected during development with Pyro?

While researching pyro developers, I ran across the following statement on a Flickr group dedicated to Pyro: 510-Pyro has the advantage that you can visually check for the optimal developing time ...
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Can we share mixing jug/beaker for developer, fixer and stop bath?

I have developer, fixer, and stop bath concentrate. To make solution we usually use mixing jug/beaker. Should we dedicate one mixing jug for each one of the component above? Or can we just use one ...
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What's the common practice for reuse/discarding of Adox Rodinal developer solution?

I am making a 1+50 solution (total 500ml) from Adox Rodinal concentrate. In common practice do you keep and reuse this 500ml solution or discard it every time we use? If re-use how long can we ...
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How can you tell if your Kodak D76 developer cannot be used anymore?

I just constructed my stock D76 developer and am beginning to use it. How can I check when it cannot be used anymore for further development?
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Will I get an image if I develop colour photographic paper (c type) in black and white developer?

Does anyone know what happens if I develop colour photographic paper (c type) in black and white developer? Will I get an image?
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How long do XTOL and D-76 last unmixed?

When I bought my darkroom sets, I additionally acquired two powder developers, being XTOL and D-76. I have only ever used Rodinal (Adonal) to develop my negatives, so I know little of how well such ...
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Can powder chemicals be mixed in smaller amounts or must you mix the entire batch?

One of the advantages of powdered chemicals is a long shelf-life. But once you mix it the clock starts ticking. I was wondering if it's possible to buy a larger batch of powdered chemicals and just ...
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Is there a cheap alternative to Hypo fixer?

Help! I am a photo teacher. It is near the end of the year and we just ran out of Hypo with no budget for buying more. Some black and white projects are still due. Is there a cheap alternative that we ...
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My developer went dark quickly — what went wrong?

My developer went dark in a few days, without using it... I recently change my storing pots. Is it the air or the darkness where I failed?
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Agfacolor 80s: which processing chemistry?

I purchased 2 rolls of Agfacolor 80s on ebay which have been expired since 1983. I am curious whether this film needs to be processed in Kodak's C-41/Agfa's AP70 or in the Agfacolor process known as ...
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Do crystals at the bottom of R09 one shot developer indicate that it's gone bad?

I have an open bottle of R09 developer and it has crystals at the bottom of the bottle. Is it an indication that it has gone bad?
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What is important in a chemical container?

I know that you can buy datatainers for your darkroom chemistry. These are brown and plastic, presumably of some special plastic. I'm looking for alternative shapes and sizes that I can't find pre-...
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Compard Digibase C41 - Extended processing times

I'm thinking of switching from Tetenal to Digibase. My problem is, that i can't find any information about the extended processing times for the Digibase 1l Kit with the exception of the initial times ...
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Do Didymium filters exceed arsenic content allowed by European safety rules?

There are many suggestions in astrophotography forums to use didymium filters ("Red Enhancers", made by Hoya or Marumi) to decrease the influence of sodium vapour lighting. However, they are hard to ...
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Are color and b&w fixer the same?

Can I use color fixer for b&w film or vice versa?
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How to determine if chemicals for development of film are still good?

There is another question about effects of an expired developer: What are the effects of developing film with an expired developer? How to determine, without sacrificing exposed film, if a developer ...
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Is it safe to use rodinal or some other developer in the bath tub?

I am thinking of developing film and prints en-masse in a modern ceramic bath tub. Is it safe to use developers like Rodinal assuming the bath tub is going to be used for baths later? Rodinal is ...
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What is the actual color space of film in film photography?

I have been thinking about this question for a while now, and I haven't found an answer online. Modern technology (scanners, screens, digital cameras, printers...) use technical color spaces to ...
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10 months-old Ilford “Rapid Fixer” concentrate, is it still safe?

I have an almost unused 1L bottle of Ilford "Rapid Fixer" that was opened 10 months ago, used, then capped again. Is it still safe to fix B&W films with this? The "instructions" on front state : ...
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What are the effects of developing film with an expired developer?

Developers, fixers, and virtually all chemical products commonly used in film photography (or not) are prone to expiry over time. Nevertheless it is not uncommon to use expired chemicals in the hope ...
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How long does stock liquid developer last?

I have a few bottles of liquid stock-concentration developers. Some are opened and some or not, and they all date from April 2013. How long can I keep unused liquid developer for? After how long won'...
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Mixed D-76 with 3.8 liters instead of 3, is this bad?

I have a question about the water to powder ratio for D-76. The instructions say to start off with 3 liters of water in which you dissolve the powder and then top off to 3.8 liters (or 1 US gallon). ...
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Is it possible to substitute or alter color dyes during color film development?

Lately I've been really interested in film chemistry, particularly the different chemicals that they used -- not only the chemicals present in C-41, ECN-2, etc. processes that are still in use, but ...
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Do powdered chemicals expire?

I was given an OLD bag of D-76 developer made by Kodak. From the looks of it, it looks to be from the 90's or earlier. It is still sealed; however, feeling it there are clumps (probably from settling)...
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Is stop bath necessary for black and white prints?

I got my enlarger and I'm ready to start making prints. For chemicals, I have Kodak Dektol Developer and Fixer; however, I'm missing Stop Bath. I've heard conflicting reports about how necessary Stop ...
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Is there an effect of temperature on film exposure?

It is obvious that temperature plays a most critical role in developing films. It is not clear to me, though, what effects temperature might cause at the time of exposure. I didn't stumble upon any ...
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Wet photography: what's the second choice after silver halide?

All the film photography I know of - both colour and black-and-white - uses silver halide as the photosensitive component. I suppose that after over a hundred years of wet photography we have a good ...
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Can leaving a print in fixer too long cause damage/staining?

This is a question for you oldskool B&W photographers, I'm hoping there's some of you out there ;) I am just getting round to sorting out my darkroom and thought I'd give it a test run now the ...
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Selenium to increase contrast?

I have been using selenium as the last step during negative development to increase durability of the negative. I was told that it can be used to increase the contrast of the negatives too. I tried, ...