From: Andre Fuhrmann (email@example.com)
Date: 01/27/02-09:05:56 AM Z
>"Of course, times always depend on the strength of the solution. In
>my experience VDBs need both a good first wash (at least 5 min) and a
>good fix. I fix 5 min in hypo 5%. At the beginning I yielded to the
>temptation to fix for less than 5 minutes and I regretted that very
>much when I looked at the prints a couple of months later."
>May I ask you the cause for this regret? Did the images change?
Yes, and not for the better )-: BTW bleaching during fixing can
somewhat be arrested by making the fixer a bit alkaline. Thus my
fixer contains 5% hypo and 1% soda. As I said, I fix 5 minutes.
This gets me pretty much onto the safe side -- I hope. Anything less
than 2 minutes I consider courageous. Perhaps it deserves also
emphasis that VDB profits from a dramatic dry down effect. So even if
the image looks horribly pale when taken out of the fixer, it will
recover quite a lot during drying.
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