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Question about Agfa Scala and reversal printing.
Is there a monochrome paper that is accepted by the Ilfochrome process, or is this wishful thinking on my part?
Are there any alternative traditional methods, other than internegatives which can faithfully reproduce neutral monochrome prints from Agfa Scala?
dr5 used to offer Fuji R-prints (which they did really well), but since that process has been discontinued, the options are internegs or digital. Given the fact that to do Cibachrome right one often needs to make contrast masks anyway, straight B&W internegs for printing on traditional B&W paper might not be any more difficult, really.
It's best to make them in a larger format than the original, and once you've got the setup, it becomes an absolutely routine procedure. There are a few approaches, but the easiest is to dupe the slide to neg film (I'd use T-Max 100) on a copy stand, using a light box to illuminate the slide.
I don't think dr5 has gone out of business. They've closed their NY office, but they're still doing business in LA (see www.dr5.com) ... and they still have certain printing services, including Fuji Frontier proof prints from their slides.
I never said that dr5 went out of business, only that they don't offer Fuji R-prints (type 35) anymore. They are very much alive and well and back in L.A.
I noticed that they aren't offering development of negs by inspection as a routine service anymore either. This seemed like a neat thing, but I guess it didn't really attract enough customers (which is to say, the people who really need this service don't know enough to realize that they do).