Lodima Fine Art Paper--Official reports and Member Responses
We tested the next iteration of the new, forthcoming, Lodima Fine Art paper. We also re-tested the paper we originally tested in April.
The April paper: When we tested this paper in April we found that it was too contrasty and the color was too cool. We were told that it would age for six months or so and then stabilize. The paper now has far less contrast--it is much better than before, but it is still not right.
The October paper: This paper has less contrast than the April paper. But it is still a mite too contrasty. The color is better--warmer than the April paper, but it also is still too cool.
We have spoken with the manufacturer and they told me they will be making the necessary corrections.
So, the paper is not ready yet. I know that many are waiting for this new paper, but I assure everyone that no one is more eager to get the new paper than me and Paula.
We appreciate everyone's patience. We WILL get this paper made. And it will be as beautiful as Azo is.
Michael A. Smith
Testing The New Lomida Fine Art Paper
I cannot say how fortunate we are to be represented in these business proceedings with such a wealth of experience with silver chloride photographic paper. There is no way in hell we would be talking about this subject without your taking the lead in securing this marvelous paper. I know that when you and Paula are satisfied that the paper is right, we will all collectively jump for joy.
In the meantime, we are all saving up and honing our photographic skills in preparation to fully utilize this paper when it finally arrives.
Thanks again for doing what you both do best!
Status of Lodima Fine Art
A few days ago we tested the new replacement paper for Azo, Lodima Fine Art. We are very happy to report that, with some slight modification to the Amidol developer, the test prints matched the control print almost exactly.
This paper was briefly tested in February by our assistant (we were traveling) and he told us that the paper was too contrasty and that the speed was too fast. When we tested the paper the other day this is what we found: the speed of the paper is faster than Azo, but it did not seem intolerably fast. The contrast seemed to be just right.
Ron Mowrey, a former Kodak engineer, in a forum on the Internet wrote that when paper "ages" after it is put in the box (and the contrast is reduced) it will continue to "age" and lose contrast. We will be testing this same paper again in a few months and again at the end of the summer. If the paper has not lost any contrast and seems to still be good we will go into production in early fall.
Because of summer humidity, and how humidity affects the process of having sensitive paper made, the paper cannot be made in the summer in any case.
So for now, the news is good news.
Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee