I saw Fuji Vibrachrome listed as an alternative to Cibachrome at http://www.duggal.com/01photo.htm. I can't really find any information on this process. Does anyone know any details. Is this just another name for Fuji's type R process?
Here is what Duggal says about it:
We have replaced our Cibachrome line with a more environment-friendly
Fuji process called Vibrachrome, which also uses dimensionally stable
polyester-based paper, providing superior results without the need of the
mask. Vibrachormes are the most archival photographic prints available today. The sharpness, color saturation, permenence, and vibrancy of these prints make them ideal for artists, museums, portfolios, and edition printing.
Let me translate for you:
We have replaced cibachrome because we are afraid Ilford wont make it, this fuji paper looks to be about the same as cibachrome, maybe with less contrast. We dont know but the fuji guy tolds us it was more environmentally friendly, since we dont know what all of those chemicals are, we will take his word for it. The fuji guy told us this was a dye destruction process like cibachrome, so we are hoping the prints will last as long, lets keep our fingers crossed and hope we dont have to do many reprints. Other than this the prints we have made so far look pretty good.
Jorge - LOL!!
I would bet vibachrome is in reality fuji flex, RA4 compatable - c -print,dye coupler print.
cibachrome is too hard to do for a very large lab therefore the switch to the RA4 product.
I use both here , ciba and fujiflex, once again I would state the cibas always shine compared to the fujiflex.
As far as stability , RA4 is a dye coupler process, verses cibas P3X dye destruction process, which one is more stable , ask me in forty years.
I would agree with Bob on the comparison. Flex is the closest you'll get to a ciba and looks great when compared to other RA4 materials, but it isn't a Ciba.
Meanwhile, a search of the web and FujiFilm comes up without any substance. It wouldn't be a surprise to me if Bob is correct that this is an Ra4 material. Which could mean they pulled the name 'vibachrome' out of their ***.
Oddly enough, I'll be calling Duggal tomorrow regarding some work and if I can remember I'll ask...
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