Found: Kodak dye transfer paper

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  1. ilduce

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    I found this box of dye transfer paper in storage at work:

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    Still sealed in the box. Dye transfer is clearly waaayy beyond my expertise, so I'm wondering if it's of any value to anyone. Apologies if I'm posting this to the wrong forum.
     
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    For me such things has an huge value:smile: Do you want my post adress? :smile:
     
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    I always thought one day I'd try Dye Transfer, the few D.T. prints I've seen in person were wonderful. It'll be interesting to see whom here works with these materials.

    Eli
     
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    I am interested in the paper - I will send you a PM for more details

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    You may feel free to expose it to light, as it isn't light sensitive. Looks like others have spoken first, but I am interested as well.
     
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    There is a dedicated web site for Dye Transfer and a group doing it. There is a yahoo forum for it moderated by Jim Browning, a member of APUG. Ctein is one of the top printers of DT along with Jim who would be interested. They are actively doing DT just about daily. You may want to contact them via the forum on yahoo.

    PE
     
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    Shouldn't you ask you boss if it's OK to send off company property?
     
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    If you don't mind sharing, where do you work that you found this. I would like a couple of sheets.
     
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    Who-ever wrote on the front didn't read the back despite circling the relevant section, it clearly says:

    Paper is not light sensitive. :D

    I'm surprised no-one realised :smile:

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    It looks like the box was opened. Have you looked to see what's inside? Maybe they put something else in the box.

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    The OP & the photo's show the seals are intact :D

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    I know that Ctein will use all the paper donations he can get. He stockpiled 15 years worth of this stuff when Kodak cut the sale of this product in the early 90s. This stuff has indefinite shelf life while the film itself, called pan masking film, needs to be frozen to last. This stuff is useless without experience, pan masking film, and the proper dyes, and registration equipment. There are instructions to replicate these materials though...
     
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    Yes, I would further that.

    Give it to an experienced DT worker. Experimenting with it is just wasting a very valuable item to no purpose. You might use up all of the paper learning, but when done, there is no more paper! No one is coating it due to the toxic nature of the coating process and the lack of market.

    PE
     
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    PE,

    What makes the manufacture of these fibre base papers for dye transfer printing more toxic than conventional silver gelatin paper manufacture?

    Tom
     
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    The paper used depleted Thorium Nitrate as one ingredient. This material is quite harmless to humans except as a heavy metal, but the mild radiation makes for arduous cleanup in the coating room or a special dedicated coater.

    PE
     
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    Yes...I must agree with what some people have stated above: Please donate it to someone who can make stunning prints with it (e.g. Ctein). It won't do you any good by itself. Nice find, now let's get it into the right hands.
     
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    I'm certainly not going to do anything with it myself - I've no experience in any sort of paper processing, and would likely muck everything up. My boss (I work at a photo lab) wants to sell it, so perhaps I will put a classified ad up.
     
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    Filmotec is making Dye Transfer paper.

    Though I don't know how it compares to the late Kodak one.
     
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    The only thing I am aware of is through comments by Ctein and Jim Browning that there are currently no suitable substitutes. The last I discussed that with them was about a year ago, so if this has taken place since, the situation may be different. IDK at all.

    Not many want to use Thorium Nitrate, and substitutes seem to have been rather poor in the past.

    PE
     
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    It's on the Filmotec website for quite some time. I've never seen it or heard anyone comment on it.
     
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    Does this imply there is actually a commercial market for dye transfer paper, or is it used for some other purpose?

    Tom
     
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    I questioned myself when I saw that offer...

    Anyway it is described as being a special fiber based product containing a mordant intended for dye transfer printing. No question about that.
     
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    Well, Ctein owns the world supply of Pan Matrix film and J&C photo sold a duplicate of Jim Browning's Matrix film that is posted on his web site. Jim owed a huge supply of Matrix film. I am not aware of them using Filmotec products, but I may have forgotten. I gave the last of my DT paper to Ctein several years back.

    The dyes are not readily available.

    PE
     
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