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Forum: Chemical formulae Today, 07:45 PM
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Posted By Nat Polton
Pyrogallol Raw Chemical Supplier

I have just found this site

https://www.restauro-online.com/epages/63807438.sf/en_GB/?ViewAction=View&ObjectID=53958307&PageSize=30&Page=2


Based in Italy and they will ship to the UK...
Forum: Chemical formulae Today, 01:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,250
Posted By Nat Polton
I was idling through the various news channels on...

I was idling through the various news channels on Youtube yesterday,
and an American news presenter mentioned the possibility of a serious trade squabble between the West and China. He mentioned...
Forum: Darkroom Yesterday, 05:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 161
Posted By Nat Polton
I think if the emulsion on the paper was applied...

I think if the emulsion on the paper was applied in a streaky manner at the factory it would be all in the same direction, either across the short side or more probably along the long side.
You...
Forum: Chemical formulae 1st August 2022, 08:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 91
Posted By Nat Polton
Borax

This has been done to death on another forum.
No real conclusions from what I can see though.

Where do you buy your Borax from and what makers label? UK only.
Are household grades reliable...
Forum: Photography in general 30th July 2022, 10:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 141
Posted By Nat Polton
I'm afraid not Mike. Below the photo it reads ...

I'm afraid not Mike.
Below the photo it reads out of stock , and if you click on the item it comes up out of stock.

Someone told me it was not a very good seller and they wouldn't ...
Forum: Photography in general 29th July 2022, 09:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 141
Posted By Nat Polton
Thank you Bob.

Thank you Bob.
Forum: Photography in general 29th July 2022, 05:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 141
Posted By Nat Polton
Wrong firm.

I put the wrong name in. It should be STILL PHOTOGRAPHIC

Apologies to both firms.


Cheers. :eek:
Forum: Photography in general 29th July 2022, 05:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 141
Posted By Nat Polton
Still Photographic Sale

Still Photographic have a few items reduced in price.
PMK developer, Toning Kits, and fixer. Well worth a look.

Cheers.


[Edit: company name corrected]
Forum: Chemical formulae 24th July 2022, 06:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 247
Posted By Nat Polton
Home made Kodalk

I am getting to the end of my Kodalk (Sodium metaborate.)

I have a formula to make my own shown below.

7g Borax mixed into 300ml water
1.5g Sodium Hydroxide
Top up to 400ml with water
...
Forum: Photography in general 17th July 2022, 08:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 552
Posted By Nat Polton
Zerostat

After years of having to wear anti static wrist bands and leads, mats etc. when handling circuit boards at work, I keep my Zerostat gun well away from my elctronic timer and any other electronic...
Forum: Chemical formulae 16th July 2022, 02:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 161
Posted By Nat Polton
"I have a few kilos." That sounds like an...

"I have a few kilos."
That sounds like an American Prepper. ;)

That is very good news.
Thank you for the information.

Next step is will they sell it to me.

Cheers.
Forum: Chemical formulae 16th July 2022, 11:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 161
Posted By Nat Polton
Pyrogallol Shelf Life

I have found a UK firm that sells Pyrogallol in larger quantities, and much lower prices than the normal photo suppliers.
Hopefully they will sell to the public.
I am wondering if pyrogallol has a...
Forum: Photography in general 13th July 2022, 03:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 552
Posted By Nat Polton
I have an old Zerostat and I know something is...

I have an old Zerostat and I know something is happening when I squeeze the trigger, but how do I know if they are negative or positive ions that I am generating?

The original instructions said to...
Forum: Photography in general 9th July 2022, 12:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 344
Posted By Nat Polton
A simple contact print would show if it is a...

A simple contact print would show if it is a faulty negative or enlarger problem.

I use my old and very much out of date papers on contact sheets for my 120 and 35 films. I don't mind if it is...
Forum: Chemical formulae 5th July 2022, 10:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 393
Posted By Nat Polton
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWGhfr1qUv4 ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWGhfr1qUv4

How to Look After Your Phenidone. On Youtube.


According to this article phenidone would seem to have a short shelf life.
After a lifetime of...
Forum: Cameras - Pinhole 3rd July 2022, 04:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,870
Posted By Nat Polton
The Appeal of Pinhole Cameras

As a shool boy in the late sixties, I made a pinhole camera from cardboard and sellotape.

It worked quite well, but I achieved much better results using the lens from my fathers watchmakers eye...
Forum: Chemical formulae 2nd July 2022, 10:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 393
Posted By Nat Polton
Good Morning Michael. I may not have been very...

Good Morning Michael.
I may not have been very clear.
My Phenidone is a powder.
If I give it a blast with butane or Tetenal Protectan, it would be like blowing into a tin of snuff, pretty messy.:)...
Forum: Chemical formulae 1st July 2022, 06:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 393
Posted By Nat Polton
Preserving Phenidone

Reading a post here, the shelf life of phenidone can be from a few months to tens of years.
One preservation solution is to dissolve it in polypropylene glycol.
This method also helps in measuring...
Forum: Photography in general 26th June 2022, 10:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 549
Posted By Nat Polton
Falklands and The Isle of Man are missing also.

Falklands and The Isle of Man are missing also.
Forum: Darkroom 24th June 2022, 05:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 410
Posted By Nat Polton
Neil mentioned earlier, good optics being an...

Neil mentioned earlier, good optics being an investment.

I talked with a chap many years ago when I was buying some gear from him. The old boy told me when he popped off, due to her lack of...
Forum: Darkroom 22nd June 2022, 12:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 410
Posted By Nat Polton
Ctein skipped my memory I will have a look...

Ctein skipped my memory I will have a look there.

The Big List Of Enlarging lenses has the APO down for 8 elements in 4 groups.

8 elements = more glass + more expense.

I include the...
Forum: Darkroom 21st June 2022, 08:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 410
Posted By Nat Polton
El Nikkor or El Nikkor N Enlerger lens.

I have been looking at El Nikkor 105mm enlarger lenses on
The Big list of Enlarging Lenses, Photo Cornucopia.

There are three versions including the Apo, but this is probably...
Forum: Cameras - medium format 17th June 2022, 03:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 648
Posted By Nat Polton
Wink Nice pictures. The answer is a bi-pod ...

Nice pictures.

The answer is a bi-pod

A taller version of the ones used on rifles.;)

Cheers.
Forum: Photography in general 16th June 2022, 09:22 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,395
Posted By Nat Polton
Get a comparison of shots taken whilst abroad and...

Get a comparison of shots taken whilst abroad and at home.

Before you go abroad take a few shots on a roll of 35mm. Use a repeatable subject such as a test card or colour magazine page, also...
Forum: Introductions 12th June 2022, 01:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,043
Posted By Nat Polton
I was just pondering. If you move and sell your...

I was just pondering. If you move and sell your house, would you advertise it as

"House for sale with darkroom" or "Darkroom for sale with house." ?

I'm green with envy.:D

Welcome aboard.
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