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    Here's the Scoop on Svema, Tasma and Kodak Film in Russia!

    (BTW; Smallformat is a great magazine too!)

    Svema (check out the emulsion blade in this article!)

    http://smallformat.schiele-schoen.de...il.asp?id=3464

    Tasma

    http://smallformat.schiele-schoen.de...032.pdf&s=8130

    Kodak in Russia

    http://smallformat.schiele-schoen.de...038.pdf&s=8130

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    Very interesting read. It looks like the French are not the flavour of the century and PE would be deemed to be correct by this statement from the management.

    "Another issue is that after a manufacturing plant has stood still for three years, restarting it is not as simple as flipping a light switch."

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    Wow, this is the best thing I've ever read on FSU photographic products. The article about Tacma is especially interesting, given that they want to position themselves as small, nimble niche players.

    Now where can I encourage these fine people and buy some Tacma film?
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    so after reading this, does anyone know where to find tasma film in the US?

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    Always interested in new film to try (ERA pan turned out to be a rather pleasant surprise), so I'll throw my voice in requesting a source of Tasma products.
    A very interesting read, thanks for posting this stuff.
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    These are interesting articles. The premise of the articles seeks to investigate the cine-film manufacturers in Russia and FSU countries. Thus, it doesn't cover Slavich, which is still going strong, I guess. Freestyle has a boatload of Slavich paper, which is good stuff. Wonder if Slavich is the only "still" film, plate and paper plant left?

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    Thanks for the links. _Smallformat_ and _Super-8 Today_ are both magazines that might be interesting to APUG types.

    I saw some prints on Slavich paper at the FS Distributing booth at PMA, and they were pretty good. It definitely looks like a paper I could work with.
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    Very much appreciated! I had been trying to inform before about who is still coating in the East and Far-East. And a lot of googeling did not take me much further than the websites of those companies left. One has to knock at their doors.

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    Slavich is an amazing paper. I have been moving over to it more and more. Rich tones and a beautiful paper. I highly recommend it.

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    (off topic) error in Svema article?

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    The article on the Svema plant states that there was a three-layer natural color film produced in 1936 (at the Shostka/Svema plant?). This is utmost questionable. I read this for the first time.
    The German Agfa film plant at Wolfen was a Soviet-owned company between 1945 and 1953 and affiliated to the Shostka plant (about half of the plant was moved to Shostka). A lot of Agfa experts worked there in the mid-40ties (including work on color). From them there was no report later about such a film. The commonly reported date of birth for such a Soviet film is 1947.
    Notwithstanding I am eager to learn about any earlier film. Most probably behind this all is a typing error concerning the decade…

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