Photographers' Formulary TF-4 Archival Rapid Fixer
is an extraordinary fixer for both paper and some 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 T-Max films, fixing for 6 minutes to remove the magenta stain.
We recommend 20 rolls of film to 1 liter working solution.
TF-4 does not require a stop bath nor 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 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.
Ships as 1 liter bottle to make 4 liters (1 gallon).Capacity:
- The capacity of TF-4 is about 30 8x10 prints on fiber-based paper, 60 8x10 prints
- on resin coated paper, per liter of working solution. Some people are fixing many
- more sheets of paper than stated here. Do your own testing for your maximum
- For film the capacity is 15-20 rolls of film per liter of working solution.
In The Box:
1 x Photographers' Formulary TF-4 Archival Rapid Fixer for Black & White Film & Paper - 1 Liter