Where to buy metol, sodium sulfite locally

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  1. BetterSense

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    I was thinking of mixing up D23 and need metol and sodium sulfite. I know I can order these chemicals on the internet from B&H or Freestyle but I was wondering if there was some other application for these chemicals such that I could buy some locally, perhaps cheaper.
     
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    Not local (but not sure where you are); The Photographer's Formulary are a good source of everything and deserve support for making hard to get chemicals available.
     
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    I live in Dallas.
     
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    What Matt said.
    Save your self the trip and maybe the tax, order from the Formulary. Probably have it at your door step in a day or two. What could be easier than that.
     
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    I buy sodium sulfite from a swimming pool supply place but it comes in 50 pound bags. Metol I have bought at a regular chemical supply house locally but they had to order it which took longer than my ordering it from Photo formulary. The local photo supply place here in Portland stocks it.
     
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    Beginner or Pro, straight forward or complex B&W
    or color, the Formulary likely has what is needed.
    And in SMALL as well as large quantity. Dan
     
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    Edwal sells sulfite, but it might not be so easy to find except at places like B&H, since I think the main use would have been for clearing Polaroid Type 55 (other uses being, as a developer additive or as a wash aid). You can also find sulfite from swimming pool companies and www.chemistrystore.com in larger quantities. Metol is mainly a photographic chemical, so it's not as easy to find from non-photographic suppliers. I usually order from Artcraft or Photographer's Formulary, and occasionally from Bostick-Sullivan and mostlymetals.com.
     
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    I have a wonderful lab chemical supply here in Milwaukee but the prices on technical grade chenicals are higher than you will pay at Formulary with shipping. Also try Digital Truth, great packaging and good service. Boths places are wonderful suppliers so compare...Evan Clarke
     
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    Try:

    Photographers Formulary Inc
    PO Box 950, Condon, MT 59826
    Tel: +1 406 754-2891 or (800) 922 5255 - within U.S.A only
    formulary@montana.com
    www.photoformulary.com


    Artcraft chemicals Inc.
    1-800-682-1730.
    www.artcraftchemicals.com
    PO Box 583, Schenectady, NY 12301
    Tel: (800) 682 1730


    The Chemistry Store
    www.chemistrystore.com
    The Chemistry Store.com
    1133 Walter Price St
    Cayce, SC 29033
    800-224-1430


    Tech Chem
    www.techcheminc.com


    Digital Truth
    www.digitaltruth.com/store/cart/Raw-Chemicals-p-1-c-33.html


    Bostick & Sullivan Inc
    www.bostick-sullivan.com
    PO Box 16639, Santa Fe, NM 87506-6639
    Tel: +1 505 474 0890
    Fax: +1 505 474 2857
     
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    You do realise that almost no chemicals used in photography are exclusively used in photography, the exception may be the colour developers. Most are also used for other things, so a chemical supply house can be good for most of them.
     
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    Yes indeed, but my first thought just happened to be of a camera store as most (?) towns/cities would have some kind of camera store (no matter how small) rather than a chemical supply house.
     
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    You would be surprised how small a place has a chemical supply house, although sometimes they are disguised as something else. Many small places that had serious enough camera stores to carry processing chemistry even 19 years ago, now simply have another store with a "for rent" sign out front. Camera stores used to make a lot on processing, now that every little place has a mini-lab and digital has kicked the stuffing out of the consumer film market, a lot of the camera stores have closed up. You have about as much chance of getting developer at Blacks or Japan Camera as you do finding a new Linhof in stock.