The same set of circumstances are in play in all aspects of photography. Generic chemicals vs Kodak. Efke sheet film is less expensive than Kodak film but sometimes you get some bad emulsion defects with the Efke that you have to deal with. Sadly the net effect of increased demand for Efke is that it has just recently undergone a serious price increase that starts to make the previous no brainer decision a tougher call. We all know that Kodak TMY, TMX or Tri X are a consistent, clean and dependable product but clearly the higher cost alternative. Many time it is the MUCH higher alternative. Ilford fits in between these price points nicely. Ditto for Lodima relative to the single grade Foma 111. I hope that Foma makes more grades of their finer based contact paper so that there is a lower price point alternative as I do not believe that this is a bad thing at all for Lodima. It all comes down to the price point of the individual photographers that make decisions as to the materials that they opt to use based upon their individual circumstances. In a perfect world we would all buy the best materials to make images we chose to make. In the real world we all have kids to put through college, utility bills to pay, mortgages to cover and a wide range of additional financial responsibilities that can constrain our ability to purchase photographic materials and participate in this art form to the degree that we would like. Many times the compromise is that lower priced film and paper are the only viable alternative and the challenge is to make the best out of it.
At the end of the day I hope that everyone is able to find the best solution for them that will continue to allow them to make images and participate in what we all dearly enjoy. Freestyle is dialed into this mind set and has located many materials that are very competitively priced all things considered.
Ten years ago many people predicted that film would not make it to this point let alone paper. Thankfully they were wrong.
I gave up to use Efke for the inconsistent quality of films(some good other not) and I came back to kodak or Ilford. The price question is important but now I found my way chosing materials with more consistence even if sometimes the price goes up. I'm so happy to use Lodima paper, but for curiosity I bought also the foma 111(but I not tried yet) and I don't think it will be a rival for Lodima.
Now I have enough Lodima and Azo paper to print but If will be a second run of Lodima I'm sure I'm getting it.
Silverprint are now stocking this paper; http://www.silverprint.co.uk/Product...asp?PrGrp=1126
Seems there is plenty choice of Fomalux in the FOMA.cz webshop http://fomaobchod.cz/
It is in `Ce`stina . Hard to tell if they ship EU or the World.
If they are clever they will :)
I hope to check out FOMA at Photokina 2012 Köln
BTW I am quite sure Lodima comes from EU (Bohemia)
Foma has a network of importers and stockists all over the place. There should be no problem getting hold of the materials! Look on the manufacturers website for the one nearest you. There are also several internet/mailorder stockists in Europe who will ship anywhere (macodirect, ag-photographic etc. etc).
Indeed, it was more to my surprise that there is so much FOMAlux
And yeah, there is even an APUG advertiser http://www.fomafoto.com/index.php?op...tpage&Itemid=1 in this thread who is very much FOMA
Oddly enough from Norway. Not even EU member.
Even with ciné film
Nice prices but will these be importable into EU without red-tape and duties?
I had some real trouble purchasing goods from Switserland. Non- EU too
but are associated and member of a customs-union or something.
If you are inside the EU and want a supplier without VAT and import-duty problems then any of the online stockists (as per post 106) will do the job. I have used both of those I mentioned without any problem, and I forgot to mention Fotoimpex who have a massive range of just about everything. There is no shortage of outlets, only (somewhat) a shortage of manufacturers!
EDIT: At least Macodirect have Fomalux in stock right now - I just looked on their website. The country-based distributors should also have it, or be able to order it.
I merely thought to put a note to the end of this thread to let people know Fomalux is plentiful. Which is good news.
Not to wake the dead or an old argument.
Good luck, now see. Wait for the Photokina it is only a month or just get an envelope 20x25 sofort?