Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/05/02

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Re: NO MORE DARKROOM?
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Tue, 02 May 2000 09:38:07 -0700

People should not forget that a LightJet print is a silver image. The
LightJet printer, prints on photo paper. Cibachrome, Fuji Crystal Archive,
whatever... You get a real print, processed in real chemistry. For a lot of
my color work, I use a LightJet. Some has to be Cibachrome. I have a
Cibachrome print that cannot be reproduced via scanning and LightJet
printing. It is impossible to get the nuances and depth into the print that
the optical process onto Cibachrome can. I have tried. A store in Carmel
that sells my prints chose the Cibachrome version of yet another print.
Likewise, I have LightJet prints that are better than can be produced
optically on to Cibachrome. Each image must be dealt with separately. It is
not a slam dunk one way or the other.


At 08:09 AM 5/2/00 -0700, Doug Herr wrote:
>I can't comment on the B&W darkroom but for color work, high quality scans 
>of Leica chromes, Photoshop and the LightJet printer have made a very big 
>difference.  Before this process, people might say "these are very nice".  
>With digital color prints, people are more likely to say "how much do you 
>want for it?"  For me, color darkroom work has been mostly frustration, 
>while the digital prints, in my case made with a local lab's LightJet 
>printer, have been Nirvana.
>Doug Herr