Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/04/16

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Subject: Re: Toners and Leica Glow
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 1997 17:10:30 -0700

At 04:17 PM 4/16/97 -0400, you wrote:
>Oddmund wrote
>>Contax TVS with a 28-56mm Vario-Sonnar. If I need big prints (50x60 cm 
>>up), I'll use a Rolleiflex 3.5 Planar/Tessar with a Sunpak Autopro 
>>open bulb flash. Otherwise, there are lots of good cameras: Contax T2,
>>Olympus mju-2, Nikon FM, why not a Rollei 35, a Leica-M with a 35mm or 
>>50mm Summicron, or one of those old rangefinders from the 1970s, like 
>>Canon QL17 and the Olympus RD. 
>>Sometimes prints are finally toned using copper, gold, uranium, sepia,
>>selenium or other toners. The dangerous part of the job... For the 
>>I'd rather use sepia. That will conserve the prints for the 
>descendants as well.
>Uranium toner???????  Never heard of such a toner.  How would describe 
>it's effect and color on the print and where can you buy it?   I'm not 
>sure I want to anyhow, I use a  selenium for increasing D-max without 
>significant color changes .
>(I can't resist this one)  Is this how you achieve the Leica "glow" 
>with your Contax TVS?
>Still chuckling,
>Duane Birkey

I think you get photographer "glow" with uranium toner. He may have meant
"unobtanium", the rarest of rare metal toners.