Question I couldn't answer

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by JohnMeadows, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. JohnMeadows

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    I told a friend that I had recently bought a 4x5 view camera and would be shooting primarily paper negative and how paper was so much cheaper than film. He asked why paper was cheaper, if they both had silver, etc. I couldn't answer the question. Any takers?

    John Meadows
     
  2. Ian Grant

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    Paper has much less silver per sq metre, the emulsions are slightly easier to make, it's easier to handle in the factory as you can use safe-lights when cutting & packing. Ilford use very low levels of safe-lighting as many of us have seen on factory tours, a fraction of the brightness used in a typical darkroom.

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    Thanks Ian! Now I can answer his Q :smile:
     
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    Well, why is Xray film so much cheaper than regular film?
     
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    Isn't X-Ray film usually orthochromatic as well? So safelighting could be used in packing as Ian says.
     
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    Demand for x-ray film is dropping with the coming of digital x-ray techniques?
     
  7. Ian Grant

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    X-ray film's not designed for enlargement so grain isn't an issue, it's simpler to make, also it's not subject to the high retail mark ups which are a very large part of what we pay for materials.

    Ian