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Is fixer remover necessary?

Last Updated: 27th June, 2021

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Using a fixer remover or hypo clearing agent lets you use a shorter wash time. It's an extra step, but it saves a lot of water and results in finished negatives more quickly. If you don't mind a long wash, there's no need for it.

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In this regard, can you reuse fixer?

You can pour the fixer into a storage bottle as this can be reused. Now the film is fixed you can remove the tank lid.

Secondly, do you need stop bath? No, you don't have to use stop bath. The acid of stop bath immediately halts development and prevents the alkaline developer from exhausting your fixer. So if you need absolute precision in developing time or want to absolutely maximize the life of your fixer you can use stop.

One may also ask, what does the fixer do in film processing?

Photographic fixer is a mix of chemicals used in the final step in the photographic processing of film or paper. The fixer stabilises the image, removing the unexposed silver halide remaining on the photographic film or photographic paper, leaving behind the reduced metallic silver that forms the image.

How do I know if my fixer is exhausted?

When the film is clear (transparent) note the time for the chemical reaction to occur and double it. For T-max and Delta films, add another 50% to the doubled time. If the time to clear exceeds two minutes, the fixer is exhausted. If you miscalculate and the film has a pinkish cast, it is under fixed.

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How can I make 35mm black and white film at home?

Instructions
  1. Step 1: Prepare for lights out. You're going to need complete darkness to load the film into the tank.
  2. Step 2: Load the film into the tank.
  3. Step 3: Mix the chemicals. Now for the fun part!
  4. Step 4: Develop the film.
  5. Step 5: Dry the negatives.
  6. Step 6: Scan the images.

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Is it easy to develop film at home?

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Is wetting agent necessary?

Wetting-agent is a very strong but pure detergent. Its purpose is to break the surface tension of the water and allow it to run off the surface of the film without hanging in drops. As a general rule use the least amount of wetting-agent necessary to disperse the water so that it doesn't hang in drops on the film.

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What does film look like before developed?

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Can you get old film developed?

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How do you make film fixer?

It is very easy to make your own non-hardening fixer. In “The Print” Ansel mentions that some photographers think that it improves image color.

To make 1 gallon of non-hardening fixer mix the following:
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  3. Sodium Sulfite – 4 oz.

Aman Jugelt

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Do you need fixer to develop film?

Fixer is absolutely necessary. Film would be opaque at first from the remaining silver halide in the emulsion. This will darken relatively quickly with exposure to light. Successfully printing an unfixed negative would be close to impossible.

Ianko Argenti

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What is film fixer made of?

The fixer "fixes" the image in place by removing the unexposed silver halides in the film. This process stops the film from further reacting to light, and thus stops the sensitive chemicals in the film from being altered. Common fixing chemicals are ammonium thiosulfate and sodium thiosulfate.

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What is a fixer?

A fixer is a person who carries out assignments for someone else or who is good at solving problems for others. In American usage, to describe a person as a fixer implies that their methods may be of questionable legality. A fixer who disposes of bodies or other evidence of crime is often called a cleaner.

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How do you dispose of a stop bath?

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What is photo developer made of?

The light sensitive layer or emulsion consists of silver halide crystals in a gelatin base. Two photons of light must be absorbed by one silver halide crystal to form a stable two atom silver metal crystal. The developer used generally will only reduce silver halide crystals that have an existing silver crystal.

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How do you make a vinegar stop bath?

If you decide to use vinegar as stop bath, be sure to use distilled white vinegar (a gallon is about a buck fifty at walmart), and dilute it 1+1 (up to 1+3) with water before using it. Using stop is optional for film, but should be done when printing. The image will continue to darken until it hits an acidic solution.