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Subject: [Leica] Wow! Fomalux III
From: richard at (Richard Man)
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 04:59:11 -0700

Rabiner quipped: "I think in about 8 or ten years some people will get
wistful and wonder what its like to shoot one of their film cameras or backs
again. When that  happens I'm sure the film will be made in Croatia in a
nice little mini factory and cost 33.3 bucks a roll..."

How right you are.

The last great contact paper was Kodak Azo. While Weston and others used
other paper besides it, it had a great reputation because it was, well, the
last one left.

But then Kodak finally killed it 4-5 years ago. And then there is no more
contact paper left.

Michael Smith and Paula Chamlee, major proponents of the paper, went as far
as making their own version called Lomida, which gets rave review.

Except it costs $$: $6 a sheet (16x20) and you have to buy in pack of 50

Then I noticed Freestyle has "NEW: Fomalux III FB Contact Speed Paper" so I
got a pack of 8x10 and a pack of 16x20 to try out. No doubt it's made in a
Eastern European factory somewhere. Slightly cheaper at $4 a sheet (16x20)
and you can buy pack of 25.

Compared to Adox 110, I think I am using at least 6 stops more light.

But WOW..... the Adox is good, but Fomalux III is.. fantastic.

The only downside is, I need sleep.... but after I make one more print. This
stuff is good.
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