Fomalux RC - availability in UK/EU ?

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  1. pdeeh

    pdeeh Member

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    I have a yen to contact print some 5x4 pinhole exposures.

    I'd like to use Fomalux RC but the "usual suspects" (Silverprint/Ag/RK/Fomafoto) don't seem to carry it ... before I order it from Freestyle in the US (not expensive but rather inconvenient) does anyone know of alternative sources in the UK/EU ?
     
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    All I can say is I looked through German and Czech resources and came up empty. Moersch with Fomalux baryta base paper was the closest I found. Unless someone else has better suggestions, you could try contacting Foma directly, they might be more responsive to purchase requests than to complaints :errm:
     
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    you can buy it directly from manufacturer´s eshop:

    http://fomaobchod.cz/

    but I can´t find the way to switch the website into english - maybe google translator will help
     
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    many thanks berraneck (and Rudeofus)

    Google translate works rather well, but I can't see any way of placing an international order.

    I have emailed them to see if they will deliver outside the Czech Republic or Slovak Republic.
     
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    I have never heard of a RC/PE version of this paper. It is an old fashioned silver-bromide emulsion, originally intended for large format contact prints. Importantly, the paper is MUCH slower than other current papers - presumably you want an extremely long exposure, without diffraction problems due to making the pinhole smaller? In any case, the fibre-based version is all that you will find I think. It is available from Macodirect (if they have any in stock) as well as being listed on the Foma webshop.

    Edit:

    I stand corrected. Tucked away there is indeed an RC version of the paper in 5x7" size <--link, and with a special-offer price at the moment too.
     
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    Martin, you missed the bit in my OP about making contacts of 5x4 pinhole exposures :smile: ... if I was going to use paper in the camera, I'd use Harman DP.
    As it is, I will be exposing Foma sheet film and will want to make contacts from that. I realise I can use "ordinary" enlarging paper, but wanted to experiment a bit with "Weston-style" printing.
    Yes the price is excellent from Foma's own webshop, but as I say there appears to be no obvious facility for ordering outside the Czech and Slovak Republics. This may of course be in order to protect their resellers.
    If they can't or won't sell into the EU, then Freestyle from the US seems the only option (their shipping prices to UK are actually very affordable)
     
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    I received a note from Foma this morning to say that they will ship only within Czech & Slovak Republics from their shop.
     
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    Send me a PM. I am from Czech Republic and I can "forward" your order to you.
     
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    Perhaps Koja or berranek knows the typical shop prices for Foma paper in, for example, Prague shops? Is it more or less the same as on the company webshop?

    I have been thinking of a short break over there for a while and I could even fill up my suitcase with paper before returning to NL on the train!
     
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    It really depends which shop you visit. If you try something at the centre they tends to be better supplied but are far from cheap (at least from my perspective).
    Example of this is:
    http://www.fotoskoda.cz/kontakty/
    They have rather extensive second hand department.

    If you are after gear and are willing to carefuly inspect the goods, try this one:
    http://www.fotopazdera.cz/kontakt

    But if you are after cheap films or papers try this guy:
    http://www.befoto.cz/kamenny-obchod/
    One of the cheapest brick and mortar shops in Prague. He has the same prices as fomaobchod.cz and also usualy has some expired film at very nice prices.
     
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    Koja, thank you - exactly the information I was wondering about! The "internationally famous" store is FotoSkoda of course, but I am more interested in materials than hardware so Befoto sounds great. Most of the more esoteric Foma stuff is available here, but frequently with four weeks order time and similar prices to Ilford, or higher.

    Surprisingly, there is a direct train to Prague from a town just 15 minutes from me. Now, I just have to wonder if it will be raining . . .
     
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    I'll just update this thread to say thank you to the several APUG members who PM'd me generously offering help in obtaining this paper.

    Through the good offices of one of them, I now have a small stock of 200 sheets ... well, after this evening, 197 to be precise ... :smile: