That's a little strong - RA4 is in use in all mini labs accross the world, printing from digital files and negs. And for uses such as exhibition prints from Chromira / Lambda printers - which are digital.
Originally Posted by paulie
Do you mean Sheet packs are close to extinction? Fuji already killed sheet paper.
I agree that colour printing is straightforward.
In complete seriousness, what materials do you use and where do you buy them? Last time I looked into doing color negative in my darkroom the price and shelf life of the chemicals is what killed it for me.
i dont know why people make a fuss over it, it takes me 20 min per 20x16 print and the cost 1 euro each in materials
An 8x10 on Kodak paper and chemistry used one shot is approx 80 cents. A 16x20 costs 4x that. You can mix up the chemistry a liter or two at a time and fill the concentrate bottles with inert gas. A 1 or 2 liter soda bottle of working solution of dev or blix lasts approx two months at a minimum if you squeeze the air out. At 70ml of working solution per 8x10 in a Beseler drum, a liter of dev does 14 prints. You can reuse that same 70 ml to process four 2x5 test strips before you do the 8x10. Adorama sells everything you need.
All you need for colour printing is the hardware and:
Kodak Ektacolor RA Paper Developer / Replinisher RT, 10 Liters. 8415580 24.95
Kodak RA Bleach Fixer / Replenisher, 10 Liters. 8309031 24.95
Kodak Supra Endura Resin Coated Color Enlarging Paper, 8x10,
50 Sheets, Glossy, "F" Surface, for Prints from Color Negatives $26.95
Supply your own stop bath and water