ILFOMAR : when did they stop making it?

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by Laurent, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. Laurent

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    I was given a half-full box of Ilfomar, which is marked "64 B 83 01", and I'm surprised after my first tests. I used it to contact print a pinhole negative, and I got a nice image...

    Even if my paper expired 30 years ago, this seems quite a long time, provided it was not stored on a proper place (it stayed in the closet of some club for years)
     
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    It was dropped in the late1970's but WT papers of that era had cadmium in the emulsion which gave them far better longevity. Most compaies stopped using Cadmium in the 80's but laxer US laws meant Kodak made Ektalure with Cadmium for much longer.

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    I will cut off my small left toe if Simon Galley starts producing this paper in its original form again.

    I loved that paper.
     
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    From my limited tests with it, I'd be very happy to buy some new.
     
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    Dear Bob,

    You can keep your toe!....

    Simon ILFORD photo / HARMAN tcehnology Limited :
     
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    Simon

    They are doing such great work with Robotics these days , I will even offer up my right pinkie.

    Bob
     
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    I'll see your right pinkie and raise you a kidney :tongue:

    I love my little boxes of Ilfomar.
     
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    I love the paper , but now you are talking body organs , this old frame of mine needs all the internal plumbing.
     
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    Given that I can spare the internal organs, but can't afford postage for affordable paper from the U.S. (it's NOT affordable here even before P&H), maybe we could work something out? :tongue:
     
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    Maybe Simon will accept a finger from me and a kidney from you.

    You know those British kidney pies and all , maybe it will start a trend.

     
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    I'm fairly certain I made some such offer to Mr. Galley a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, the fine print on the deal read: "Female Australian Body Parts Accepted.... provided they arrive still attached to a living, breathing Kylie Minogue."
     
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    I'm not sure that kind of trend is one I would like to perpetuate... Now if Ilford started manufacturing color slide film....:whistling:
     
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    What if I gave up a couple hairballs courtesy of my cats?
     
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    Ah, no, madgardener, I can outbid you on that offer as well. My hair is well down past my waist - your kitties have nothing on me when it comes to accumulating hairballs! :tongue:
     
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    Don't be so sure about that. My 4 kitties are pretty good producers this time of year. :laugh:
     
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    Attempts to reproduce the results of papers such as Ilfomar without using various heavy metals such as cadmium have not been successful. So this paper has gone the way of the dodo.
     
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    Having used Ilfomar I think the current Ilford Warmtone FB is much nicer, a far better paper, Bob might disagree but I hated Ilfomar.

    Ian
     
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    Eh, Whats a few heavy metals among friends...