robert_marvin Posted September 3, 2009 Share Posted September 3, 2009 <p>I've been in Southern Vermont (about 5 hours from home) for several weeks. I usually shoot a lot of film, but this year I've only used 4 120 rolls of Ilford FP4. I processed them this morning, in a four roll tank and, after fixing, discovered that they were not cleared. More time in the "fixer" didn't help. Then I smelled the stuff--it ISN'T fixer! Evidently, when I was mixing chemicals the day before leaving I forgot the little detail of adding the fixer concentrate. It's a good thing my freshly mixed D23 was done right.<br> I immediately tried phoning Professional Camera, in White River Junction, VT, which was the only really good camera store I knew of nearby (ONLY a 2 hour drive, each way). Information connected me with another store in that town. Professional Camera is gone, they don't carry chemicals, and as far as they know no one else nearby does either.<br> I phoned B&H and am having some fixer concentrate delivered by next day air--it should arrive before 11 AM tomorrow. My film is sitting in a water bath, inside my tank. I hope when I pour out the water tomorrow the emulsion doesn't come off with it. I hope it's no worse than letting paper sit in a water bath overnight, something I've done many times. I'll report back tomorrow. The fixer, BTW, is the most expensive I've ever bought--$56, most of it shipping, and well worth it if it saves my work. OTOH IF UPS screws up the delivery, I'm screwed as well--the next delivery date would be Tuesday and I don't think the film could sit in water that long.<br> I guess this is an interesting, if inadvertent experiment in how much abuse film can endure.</p> Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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