I took Adox up on the offer of trying their free 5-sheet test packages when they introduced the idea of manufacturing this paper. I thought it was awesome and to have identical tonality to the old agfa, but of course with the difference of a brighter base.
I used it with 130. Great results.
Nowadays I have settled on my papers of choice, and I don't want to throw another emulsion into the mix. If I was looking for a new paper to use, this would be very high up on the list.
I'm using it and like it a lot. Ordered, and in the process of using, 200 sheets (8 of the 25 packs). Still have some Ilford left to use. I won't be buying anymore Ilford unless 110 fails.
Sal, I do think it could be offered cheaper, per sheet, in larger quantities. I think all the paper manufacturers have a cheaper per sheet price (less packaging per 100/250 boxes and lower handling costs) than the 25 sheet packs. I'm sure the big guys don't lose money on the larger boxes.
I'd jump at the chance to buy it in 100 or 250 sheet lots.
Just 2 cents worth.
Perhaps if enough of us contacted Mirko about this, we could persuade him to have the paper packaged in larger quantities.
Just a thought,
On another note...
Saw some of your high key stuff. Really nice (then again I am a sucker for well done high key black and white). One question - The appearance of the photos suggests a fairly simple and possibly very portable setup (maybe in a bunch of locations?) My question is do you have an suggestions for similar set ups that are really portable?
My current MO is throwing a lot of stuff at my high key shots - two heads/umbrellas for the background, one head w/ box for the main and two heads diffused through a giant silk for fill.
This is all fine and dandy for shooting local or a bunch of people when I travel but lugging 5 heads, 2 packs, cords, a roll of seamless, all of the stands, umbrellas, a box, and camera gear to a location for one or two shots is not my idea of fun. I plan on doing a series of portraits on 8x10 in the next few months and most will be on location - I plan on a few very simple lighting setups if the available light/environment is not conducive to my needs. Your images for some reason just give me the impression that the high key setup is mobile - any suggestions?
"Undoubtedly, a marginally lower price would be feasible. But to boycott such an outstanding product based only on that factor seems counterproductive."
I agree, I'm going to keep right on using it. I'd just use "more" if it came in larger boxes with a discount as other paper manufacturers provide.
I couldn't go back to Ilford after using this paper.
RB - Can you scan I print form the MCC? I have been wanting to use this paper but I am a visual type of guy.