Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2010/10/23

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Subject: [Leica] AZO Paper.....
From: red735i at (Frank Filippone)
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 05:53:54 -0700

AZO has been gone for like 10++ years.  Michael Smith bought up the
remainders, and uses it ( exclusively) to produce his contact prints for
sale.  It is said he had refrigerators full of the stuff.  He was selling
some as well, but prices were pretty high.  Nonetheless, he was the only
supply of this fine contact paper.

He went on a mission to find or make a replacement.  He hitched up with some
company ( name never disclosed as far as I know) to retool the paper.  I
guess it took him over 5 years to get something he was happy with.  He now
sells that paper under the Lodima name.....  ( Amidol backwards) ......  and
it is quite pricey.

The fact that Freestyle is offering Formalux paper is encouraging..... it
may be the same paper or it may be one of the papers that Michael rejected
for quality.

Anyway,, for a B+W paper in today's market, it is amazing that something new
was added to the printers' toolkit.

Frank Filippone
Red735i at

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