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    Foma- why so expensive?

    I bought a packet of Foma 532 a while back and payed ca 18euros and next time it had gone up to double the prize! Was I lucky the first time, maybe they marked it wrong, or is Foma all of a sudden superpopular and expensive?
    Or has it always been?

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    The price seems to have gone up for most things, but I'd say it's probably worth shopping around. At my regular supplier, they are charging £51.21 for a box of 9.5x12 Fomatone, but I can get it elsewhere (in London still) for £37.68. It is crazy.

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    Fomatone MG 532 II (and MG 542 II) are two very special papers and produced in a very limited quantity.

    Best regards,

    Robert



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    Low volume and specialist, made on old kit. Not a recipe for much cheapness
    "Flatter Me, and I May Not Believe You. Criticize Me, and I May Not like You. Ignore Me, and I May Not Forgive You. Encourage Me, and I Will Not Forget You."

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    When trying to decide which glossy warmtone FB paper to try a couple of years ago, I chose Fomatone over Ilford because it was cheaper. That situation is reversed now, which is annoying as I'm just starting to get the measure of Fomatone and don't want to switch purely based on price.

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    Charging more than Ilford Warmtone FB (which isn't cheap at all) is just plain stupid. Kodak killed it's own Elite papers that way. Fomatone paper is good, but not THAT good. Personally, anything more expensive than Ilford WT FB just isn't interesting.

    Sure, changing to another quality paper takes a few days of testing. But that doesn't prevent me of switching brands. It shouldn't prevent you either.
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    But I just fell in love with Fomatone! I have tried quite a few different brands, but the Fomatone is fantastic.
    I guess maybe I'll just have to surrender and pay the price, or move to Checkoslovakia.

    Thank you for your feedback!

    -Sarah

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahfoto View Post
    But I just fell in love with Fomatone! I have tried quite a few different brands, but the Fomatone is fantastic.
    I guess maybe I'll just have to surrender and pay the price, or move to Checkoslovakia.

    Thank you for your feedback!

    -Sarah
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    May I remind you that the Fomapan films and Foma papers within the Czech Republic is often on a higher price level then e.g. in Germany or the Netherlands


    Fomatone MG 532 II and MG 542 II are very unique warmtone paper. The Fomatone MG 131 or 132 should be approx. on the level of Ilford warmtone papers.


    Best regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahfoto View Post
    But I just fell in love with Fomatone! I have tried quite a few different brands, but the Fomatone is fantastic.
    I guess maybe I'll just have to surrender and pay the price, or move to Checkoslovakia.

    Thank you for your feedback!

    -Sarah
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    Go with the paper that compliments you vision. Price should be the last factor (within reason of course!). If you love the paper, use it. Tighten up your technique so your efficiency goes up and your cost per print goes down.
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