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TF-4 Archival Fix

5 Stars

Product Description

Formulary's TF-4 Archival Rapid Fixer is excellent for use with PMK and other Pyro Film Developers.. TF-4 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.

03-0141 Ships as 1 liter  bottle to make 4 liters

03-0142 ships as 1 - 1 gallon Jug to make 4 gallons

03-0143 ships as 2 -1 gallon Jugs to make 8 gallons

03-0144 ships as 4- 1 gallon jugs to make 16 gallons

03-0145 ships as 1- 1/2 gallon  Jug to make 2 gallons

Tech Info



"I LOVE THIS FIX. With salted paper printing, there is no bleaching in the fix, even with extended fix times and mixed at B&W working strength. Plus there is no need for hypo clear so that is a savings of chemistry and tray space.

Chris Anderson"




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  1. Not the magic elixer for fixing Lumen prints. 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Mar 2021

    I purchased TF-4 with hopes that it would not bleach out the highlights of lumen prints. Unfortunately, it is exactly comparable to both plain old hypo and Ilford's rapid fixer. I cut test prints in half and fixed them in TF-4 and Ilford's rapid fixer. There is no visual difference between these tests prints.

  2. The Best There Is 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Aug 2019

    TF-4 is, without doubt, the finest fixer.....ever! And I'm prepared to pay all the import and export duties, and U.K. delivery expenses, just to get my hands on this stuff.
    Well done to all of you at PHOTOGRAPHERS' FORMULARY.

  3. Just Follow The Instructions... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Jan 2018

    What everyone else has said. The stuff comes in a brown plastic bottle, which I promptly decant into a 1L amber glass bottle upon arrival. It's rather milky-looking, no big deal. After decanting, I mix a liter by adding 250mL of the stock to 750mL of room-temperature, Walmart distilled water, mix thoroughly, then pour into another 1L amber bottle for storage & use. Not being a very active amateur, I develop only a couple 120 rolls of Acros a month, now looking into staining developers. Nice to know TF-4 will suit me. I just stick a piece of masking tape to the working solution bottle and count off about 15 rolls, then discard. Stuff does have a noticeable ammonia odor, but it's not eye-watering; decent ventilation should be fine for all but the most sensitive.Seems to wash out fairly easily, no film paper problems since it came on the market.

  4. It works, It's economical, it works and works 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Oct 2017

    This is the best fixer i have used, hands down.
    I use TF-4 for film developed in Pyrocat-HD. It does the job, requires no stop, no hypo clear, which saves me money and time.
    Easy to mix and long shelf life, plus I get 20 rolls of film to a liter.

  5. Fastest and best fixer for Pyro developers 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd May 2017

    It is my first acid-free fixer and it is awesome! Ease to dilute, It works faster than my previous "standard" and zero problems with the stain achieved in the Pyro developer. Highly recommended.

  6. Life is to short 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 7th Apr 2017

    When Im printing I want to focus on the creation of the print Fixing on TF-4 cuts time on the two fixing baths, cuts time on washing and allows more time to do what really matters when on the darkroom.

  7. Use it for PMK dev. fantastic 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Apr 2017

    Before TF-4 I used to re-soak the film in the used PMK liquid, but now I can skip that step. Just great.

  8. love it 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Mar 2017

    i started using tf-4 after picking up some pyrocat hd a couple years ago. it quickly became my goto fixer for all film and now i'm using it for printing too.

    tf-4 gets the job done consistently and quickly. tap water stop for paper is a nice plus too. my nose isn't the keenest but tf-4 has much less smell than kodafix in my opin.

    try it, you won't regret it.

  9. TF-4 is my choice 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Jun 2016

    TF-4 saved me from the bad reaction I was getting from acid rapid fixers. I have been using this fixer exclusively for some years now. I pour the gallon concentrate into a large container, mix well and redistribute to four, quart-size containers. One of these at a time is used at 1:4 or 1:6 in my fixer tray for 16x20 printing. No acid stop bath is needed (also allergy causing stuff), just a quick water bath. Also works well with film at 1:4. This is an excellent, long lasting product and Photographer's Formulary ships quickly, is a great company to deal with and definitely deserves its own 5 star review...but that's another story.

  10. The BEST...The only fixer I've used for the past 15 years!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th May 2016

    Great product

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