I visited the Forte factory in Vac, Hungary today. There is still in production:
Polywarmtone Plus FB
Polywarmtone Plus RC
I've bought also Forte paper developers:
CTD Fortespeed Cold tone
WTD Fortespeed Warm tone
Ole: I have the same opinion. I’ve never tried Fortezo so I can't say if there is any difference in the tonality. Definitely Museumweight feels much better according to the samples I was given in the factory.
hal9000: I was a bit embarrassed during the visit. It looked like the time was stopped there. Factory outlet (very very small shop)- more less empty, just couple of Forte films, few small boxes of paper and stuff that has nothing to do with photography.
Sales department - two older ladies speaking just Hungarian. They had just couple of boxes of Polywarmtone Plus Fb on stock (PW-14 and PW 15- bigger sizes/ 40x50cm, 50x60cm, 11"x14" and 18x24cm) which I intended to try since I had some experience only with Bromofort from the past. Bromofort B 10 was always my beloved paper!
After a while a sales manager came, she was speaking fluent English. She informed me they produce to order and deliver to more than 50 countries all over the world. Since the importer in my country-Slovakia didn't work properly, she offered me an option to order directly from the factory provided I agree with couple of my friends and we make decent order.
Old ladies spoke something about lack of raw materials, maybe something about emulsion. My friend, who was with me as interpreter didn’t understand the “special photographic” Hungarian expressions. But the sales manager reassured me that everything is fine with Forte and they should produce papers (production to order), films and chemicals in future. She just informed me that there might be “longer” delivery time for some grade 4 papers.
As I wrote I have ordered their developers and Forte 400 films to make some tests.
Sorry, I didn’t do any factory tour because I came quite late to the factory because of the snow storm in Slovakia and Hungary that day.
Never seen the Bromfort papers here in the USA. Has anyone else? Cetainly hope this company stays alive. Where were they hiding all the Bergger papers and films? (which we all know is made somewhere deep inside France-right?)
Since the importer in my country-Slovakia didn't work properly, she offered me an option to order directly from the factory provided I agree with couple of my friends and we make decent order.
This would be a great opportunity. Too bad it would be nearly impossible to gather a bunch of italian photographers and place a decent order. And then the postage costs, in the end, would raise the price for the end-user to the stars. SIGH
I know a chap who does excellent portraits. The chap is a camera. (Tristan Tzara, 1922)
Is Forte Bromofort & J&Cs Bromoprint the same paper? I've used the Bromoprint paper, a non-supercoated paper, for bromoil & hand-coloring with some good results. J&C also recommends it for Lith developer.
Last edited by doughowk; 02-10-2006 at 07:40 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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