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
"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.
Posted by steve 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.
Posted by Robert Taylor 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.
Posted by Steve Agnew on 17th May 2016
Posted by Chris Z on 23rd Mar 2016
I switched from Kodafix to T-4 because I'm developing with Pyro and I wanted to avoid the bleaching associated with hardening (acidic) fixes. T-4 is perfect for that & additionally, works quite quickly to fix my negatives.
Unfortunately, it smells strongly of ammonia. I rather like the smell of Kodafix (acetic acid, i.e., vinegar), but this stuff is nasty. Wear a 3M vapor mask or ventilate well.
One more thing: stock precipitates readily. It's important that you shake the concentrate HARD before mixing your working solution.
(The use of distilled water should greatly help reduce the odor of the TF-4 when it is mixed.) PF
Posted by G R Stokes on 10th Feb 2016
After returning to film from a digital hiatus, This after Rodinal is all I use.
Posted by Mitzy Carter on 1st Oct 2015
This one stop fixer is the best. I use this and Rodinal, that's all I need. Please don't stop carrying this product.
Posted by Unknown on 17th Jul 2015
I use this for film. It does a very good job. I like the short fixing time and the fact that it is oderless.
Posted by Unknown on 16th Apr 2014
I really like the look of HP5 developed in Pyrocat HD. Been using it for years with great success.
TF-4 is the perfect fixer. Works very well - I've never had a problem.
Posted by Robert Taylor on 24th Mar 2014
I've been at black and white darkroom photography for 40 years now, and I'm glad I finally--maybe now 7-8 years ago--discovered this great fixer which I use now exclusively as my print fixer and often as my film fixer as well. It's a great product from a great supplier. I buy it in the one gallon size, then mix in a large container and divide into 4 one quart containers, each of which makes enough developer for my 16x20 printing sessions. I have a strong allergic reaction to most other rapid fixers, but very little to this one.
Those of us who are still doing traditional or alternative photographic processes are VERY lucky to have Photographers' Formulary supporting us!