Ultrafine RA-4 Color Paper :Opinions or recommendations?

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  1. DanielStone

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    Hey all,

    I was just parusing through my most recent Ultrafine catalog, and I noticed that they had their own Ultrafine RA-4 color paper.

    Have any of you used this product before? I'm interested mostly because its quite cheap (8x10x100sht is $23.99+shipping).

    Is this just re-branded fuji or kodak paper, or is mitsubishi or konica making papers for them?

    I'm on a serious budget right now because of school, but due to being in a color darkroom course, I need paper....and this fits my budget.

    thanks

    Dan
     
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    no one has any experience with this paper? wow, i'm impressed, or is it bad?
     
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    All I know is the 11x14 paper I wanted was not available. and has not been for a year and a half continuously...hmmm.

    Having tried both fuji and kodak paper in my room temp setup I have determined through highly scientific testing that fuji paper gives me magenta crossover crap and kodak supra endura gives me shiny colorful pictures. I don't feel like saving 25-50% on my paper if 100% of my images will be utter crap. just my two cents. I personally opted for the $18 box of 8x10 (50 sheets) Kodak Supra Endura and was quite contented with my shiny images. Then I dropped $83 for bigger 16x20 shiny paper. It depends if you really care about your image quality or if you just want to test it out.

    I also believe it's one of the two because as far as I know there are only two companies coating RA4 paper. I think you should try it and tell me what you think. Are you doing room temperature in trays or heated somehow?
     
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    I'm using a Kreonite at school. Thank God :smile:. Personally, I wouldn't want to deal with trays and color chemistry. Usually I give in to the hybrid method with my color work. B/W I still prefer to use the darkroom.

    -Dan
     
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    bump. I was wondering if anyone has heard of this, and or used it. I was looking through my Ultrafine catalog this evening over dinner (yes, fun night with me :D)

    -Dan
     
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    At this point, Buy and try. It's cheap enough to try.
     
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    Some time ago, I used (and "wrung out" - thoroughly) Ultrafine RA-4 paper. I don't know if what they are seeling today is the same - rebranded "someone else's), but at the time, it was easily the equal to Ilford, Kodak, and Agfa papers.

    Based on my experience, I would NOT hesitiate to recommend it, with the usual, and necessary, caveats.
     
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    thanks ed! I'll be placing an order shortly, and I'll let everyone know of my findings!

    is mitsubishi or Konica still coating paper? I thought that they still did it for a limited market abroad?

    -Dan