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Thread: Ektalure G?

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    Ektalure G?

    Alright, so here's my situation. I've never printed on the stuff but heard very good things about it. I've been given the opportunity to purchase a huge amount of the stuff...in the thousands of sheets...in sizes 8x10, 11x14, and 16x20...at below cost. It is from, AFAIK, what was the last batch of the stuff to be shipped, circa the end of 2000. It's been well kept. So my question is, should I stockpile it?

    Now I know there are a couple generic answers out there. One being, try it, and stock up if I really like it. Another being, don't waste your time with old papers, there are great ones out now...ad nauseum.

    So if anyone has any strong opinions on this, or wants some of the paper, I'd appreciate any responses.

    Thanks.

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    Ektalure G was a great paper.

    But I would advise testing it first to see if it is fogged.
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    Yeah I'm gonna pick up an 8x10 pack and test it for fogging first. But AFAIK it's still good.

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    I agree
    If you decide not to purchase could you pm me the contact.

    Quote Originally Posted by Monophoto View Post
    Ektalure G was a great paper.

    But I would advise testing it first to see if it is fogged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxbloom View Post
    Now I know there are a couple generic answers out there. One being, try it, and stock up if I really like it. Another being, don't waste your time with old papers, there are great ones out now...ad nauseum.
    There are indeed some great ones out there, but there's nothing like Ektalure G out there. It's beautiful paper. If you like warm tones, I'd sure try it.
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    I'd love some also. I still have two boxes of 8x10 in my freezer. There is nothing else like it.

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    I would be interested depending on the fog level. A local commercial shooter gave the school where I run the darkroom a 10-sheet pack of 11x14 which was fogged to around 0.15du, and between some KBr added to the developer and a little cutting bleach between first and second fix, I was able to get a print I liked. Unfortunately, there are only five sheets remaining. I think some of the longevity comes from the paper not having developer incorporated. Portriga from the same shop was useless, and I just returned a box of Polymax FA which was similarly useless.
    Last edited by cao; 05-24-2007 at 02:22 PM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Noted on DI vs non-DI. Ugly sentence!

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    If you do lith printing, a slight fog may not be that problematic as it is normal proceedure in my darkroom to flash the whole paper before main exposure.
    I have not tried this paper for lith but I would immediately try this.

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    Ektalure G was my favorite paper. When Kodak dropped Ektalure, I dropped Kodak.

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    I still have several boxes from 2000 and FB paper tends to be good for years with no probs. BTW, Forte Polywarmtone semimatt is the closest match that I know of (too bad that's gone as well). I'd buy it quicker than a ferret up a trouser leg!
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