Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/02/16

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Subject: [Leica] Re: RE: Tri-X and Kodak vs Ilford?
From: George Huczek <>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 1999 17:51:55 -0600

At 12:05 PM 16/02/99 -0600, you wrote:
>At 09:27 AM 2/16/99 -0500, Eric replied:
>>I am a rank amateur but have not been happy with T max and have used
>>almost exclusively the Ilford products.  I did not like T Max requirment for
>>exacting temp. control.  I also found that fresh fixer and longer times were
>That is a mistake that many people make with TMax films. You don't have to 
>fix any longer than conventional film. The color you see in the base has no 
>effect on printing. With adequate washing, the red sensitizing dye washes

Well Eric, I have cut off film leaders of TXax and TriX films and done a
side-by-side comparison of fixing times for both films.  If you try doing
the same you can watch to see how long it takes each to clear.  TMax film
does take longer to clear.  Prove it to yourself with a similar test.  The
issue is not base colour of the film, but actual time to clear.  TMax takes
longer, so fixing time should be increased with TMax film.