Adorama-brand "Varigrade" fiber paper WHO MAKES IT?

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  1. DanielStone

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    hey all,

    In my necessity for a cheaper alternative to Ilford fiber paper, I've gone "a-lookin" for a suitable replacement/substitue for making my proof prints and contact sheets on(not quality primarily for quality, but for cost). I stumbled across a listing(of about 20 or so similar to each other, all from Adorama) for fiber paper, mat or glossy finish. Available in multiple sizes and quanities.

    anyone know off-hand if this paper's alright? Its pretty darn cheap too, $$$-wise at least. This is my primary incentive for wanting to try it out.

    is it like re-branded foma paper or something similar?

    here's some links to some of the listings:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Varigrade-Black...897?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4cf301d081

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Varigrade-Black...908?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4cf301d08c

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Varigrade-Black...684?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aa624c1dc

    thanks!

    -Dan
     
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    Hi Dan

    Due to maunufacturer confidentially clauses I can't give the source, however, what I CAN tell you is that we have a high quality facility making and coating the papers for us and have these words on our packaging: “MADE IN THE EU”.

    Feedback from customers has been that "Adorama’s Variable Grade darkroom paper has brighter whites and richer blacks than Ilford’s MG4, and at whopping savings!”

    This is an IMPROVED version of the Resimbrom we used to carry, and there are sample packs available. 10 – 8x10” sheets; 5 of each surface:

    VBSPF fiber base $5.75

    VBSPR resin coated $3.95
     
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    Other folks here in internet land think it's Foma.
     
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    Has someone used it and can give some comments? I would like to try it, but Adorama doesn't seem to sell outside the US, at least not to where I live.
     
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    In the past, Simon has told me it is NOT Ilford.
     
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    We do deliver outside the US, but unfortunately not to Malaysia
     
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    Sorry, Helen, that's what I really wanted to say :smile: Mea culpa
     
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    I have never ordered paper from Adorama but if the postage Freestyle charges is anything to go by the cost becomes prohibitive to ship to the UK, especially I as would be buying 100 sheets at a time of large sizes.
     
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    I used to buy this brand in their store. Nice paper. Very white base..warm blacks especially with a warm developer. I used their RC for paper negs as well. All of their products were fine
     
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    does anyone know if the Adorama fiber based VC liths?