Suitable paper choice to print Ektar Negs?

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  1. mnemosyne

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    Hello,

    I am about to make my first adventures into printing color negatives, mostly Ektar 100. I am wondering what would be a paper that matches Ektar well
    and is suitable for a beginner (read: "reasonably tolerable to abuse" :smile: ). The papers that are available for me are Fuji Crystal Archive, Kodak Endura Premier or Kodak Ultra Endura.
    I will be printing with a standard Meopta color head 3 with dichroic filters. Any recommendations from the seasoned printers here?

    Thanks,
    John
     
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    The Fuji will be fine. I'm not sure about Premier but I reckon Ektar on Ultra Endura would be wild!
     
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    suitable paper choice to print Ektar negs

    The only currently manufactured RA4 paper available to cut sheets from 8-10" to 20x24" is Fuji Super Crystal Archive type 11....I use this paper now exclusively and find no difference between it and the Fuji Super Crystal Archive Type C which is not now available in cut sheets. You will be very happy with the results from printing Ektar 100 negatives.
     
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    Thanks for the input everybody, I will go for the Fuji CA paper then.

    @gopher
    the major resellers in Germany cut their own sheets from rolls, so the Fuji and Kodak papers mentioned are all available to purchase in standard size sheets here.
     
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    One more vote for Fuji Crystal Archive. Very versatile, very reliable, and a joy to work with. Several Fuji CA prints scans in my gallery from a variety of films, if you're interested...
     
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    John, I'm in the same boat as you. I just tried color printing for the first time over the weekend. I'm using Ektar 100, Arista paper from Freestyle, a Beseler dichroic head enlarger, and tray processing with Arista RA-4 chemicals. My results so far aren't too bad. I still have some adjustments to make, but I'm reasonably happy with my results so far. I don't have any advice for you; just wanted to let you know you're not alone right now!
     
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    out of date Kodak Supra Endura would be a good choice. It was available in cut sheets and was dated as late as 2012, but it's good for years past date, in my experience.