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Fixer Discoloration: TMax 400 - Issues?
Old 12-21-2018   #1
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Fixer Discoloration: TMax 400 - Issues?

I've just done a few Kodak TMax 400 films (in ID-11) and I notice that the fix mix has taken on an insipid yellow colour. I have another TMax 400 to do yet.

But my other camera has Ilford HP5+ in it, and I'm curious to know if the discoloured fixer will affect the HP5+ as I'll be developing it first. I suspect not, but would like to see what others think before going ahead.

Of course, if I err on the cautious side and mix up new fixer, I'd never know!
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Old 12-21-2018   #2
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Check fixer. By undeveloped film stripe method.

My fixer mix is mix of different batches and it is yellow cast color from stop bath.
No issues.
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This is normal with Tmax Films. It won't affect other films fixed later, but keep in mind that Tmax films exhaust fixer faster than normal films. I shoot a lot of Tmax, and I only do 50 rolls through a gallon of fixer.
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Thanks for all that; appreciated. I enquired elsewhere about the increased fixer exhaustion after learning that TMax behaved as such.

Yes - check fixer with a strip. I do that but not as often as I should!
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I find TMax and Fuji Acros turn the fixer a pink color. The first few tanks of water used for final rinsing also turn a pink color.
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