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    RE-START of MACO IR 820c ????

    In the InterNet forums in the whole world, the rumors concentrate themselves over a re-start of the MACO IR 820c film.

    MACO has let manufacture nearly for 10 years, this film with the EFKE (Fotokemika) in Samobor/Croatia. EXCLUSIVELY! On a very high quality level - it gave not one entitled complaint in these nearly 10 years. If problems arose, then they were again and again, the usual typical things, which come along with infrared films evenly in such a way with itself. In order to provide the users reliably with informations, MACO had presented a comprehensive brochure, which can be today, still be downloaded under www.mahn.net.

    When the "old Fotokemika" had lost the experienced active, for many decades co-workers, due to a change in generations, and a new Fotokemika NOVA was founded, MACO did not give no more new productions of the proven MACO IR 820c film in order. That had reasons, which cannot be described now in details. Above all, however, and that is not discreetly, qualitatively. due to the bleeding of the proven technicians, no more new production were to be brought with the name MACO in a good agreement.

    Fortunately, MACO was offered at that time, the possibility of letting by the AGFA GEVAERT in Belgium, a 400 ISO high speed film, which was superior in all important parameters to the old product. But.... the NM-range is unfortunately reduced. That let less experienced users to the impression, this film would not be a real infrared film. Only briefly to it: If one exposes theeeee ROLLEI IR 820/400 on approx. 15/25 ISO, under black filter (not red filter) and then process with a strong developer, e.g. the ROLLEI RHS or the ILFORD MICROPHEN, then one, if all conditions are correct, will get perfect IR effects. Who exposes, however, extremely for a long time, not trusting the strength chemistry, will never receive good results. Also, however, the world of the ROLLEI infrared film users is quite split. Therefore, demand/desires arose for a re-start of the proven MACO IR 820c again.

    In order to answer the rumors with a special statement: MACO does have just finally decided NOT to dare a RE-START of the old MACO 820c with the supplier EFKE. In addition, above all, the qualitative reasons gave the final excursion.

    MACO met co-operation with the strategic partner AGFA GEVAERT in Belgium/France the decision to pour a new ISO 100 infrared film with 850 Nanometers. This film is already in the testing practice, and will be introduced to the market in the course of the year 2007.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WRSchmalfuss View Post
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    MACO met co-operation with the strategic partner AGFA GEVAERT in Belgium/France the decision to pour a new ISO 100 infrared film with 850 Nanometers. This film is already in the testing practice, and will be introduced to the market in the course of the year 2007.
    Oh! YES!! Good News!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!

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    a) This is defintively good news for IR-shooters (o.k., I am not), and kudos to MACO for supplying the b&w-market with such products.

    b) I absolutely don't find it fair to devaluate the actual technical resources and competence of Fotokemika, based on unverified stories, only to justify MACO's move from one supplier to another. Efke films are now mostly distributed under the ADOX label, and while MACO had re-labelled a lot of Efkes in the past, I do not think they will do so in the future. But this does not justify the spreading of rumours about "EFKE being not good enough for MACO anymore".

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    Mr (?) Schmalfuss, in all kindness and curiousity, do you represent someone, such as a producer or reseller? I've looked at your earlier posts and announcements and I can't really figure out if you just are very enthusiastic, a reseller/producer or both of them.
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    My sources tell me that the IR sensitzing dye is in very short supply. I wish them the best of luck getting it in the future so that production can continue.

    PE

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    New IR film

    Hello Jerevan!

    I can assure you, that I am absolutely not a producer nor an reseller!

    But.. what has this to do with the content of this thread??

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    Hello GeorgK!

    Pls read between the lines and then you will find out, that you are wrong with your para b) not knowing the facts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WRSchmalfuss View Post
    Hello Jerevan!

    I can assure you, that I am absolutely not a producer nor an reseller!

    But.. what has this to do with the content of this thread??
    Thank you very much, I am only curious. The reason I asked is because there has been many rumours about a lot of stuff happening or not happening in the last few weeks. Sometimes it has been hard to understand whether people posting in these threads are official persons, representing a company, for example. Not knowing this, makes it hard to evaluate how substantial the facts are in a thread.

    If you were a reseller/producer the thread content would have more of an "official announcement" status. However, I am thankful that you have given this report. Let us look forward to the new IR film!
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    Vetting the source of a rumor seems prudent.
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    So if you don't have some sort of financial interest in Maco or its products, could you please clarify your source for this information?
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