What I wanted to do was point out that these tubes are in fact highly efficient in printing alternative processes.
All alt.processes ?
Originally Posted by sanking
Yes, the BLB tube is efficient with all alternative processes, at least all that require UV light for exposure.
For efficiency (= printing speed) with iron processes (Cyanotype, Pt/Pd, Kallitype) I rank light sources as, 1) BL, 2) SA,/AQUA, 3) BLB, and 4) NuArc 26-1k.
For efficiency (= printing speed) with dichromated colloids, 1) BL, 2) BLB, 3) SA,/AQUA, and 4) NuArc 26-1k.
The difference is due to the fact that the iron processes have some sensitivity in the 410-30 nm range, and the BLB filters all light above about 407 nm whereas the SA and AQUA put out quite a bit of radiation in this range. With dichromated colloids, on the other hand, virtually all of the useful radiation is below 400 nm.
The BL is the best all-around tube for alternative printing, and is usually less expensive than the BLB, but the actual difference in printing speed is extremely small. And I will say this again, the peculiar nature of the BLB light highlights dust and lint particles and makes them easy to see and remove. I would say without question that in my case the use of the BLB (and I switched from BLs) has lead to less dust spots on my prints.
Recently I attended a workshop with Ian and viewed some of his cyanotype prints. He has properly convinced me to try contact printing my 4x5 negs with the cyanotype process (less expensive) as a learning step before attempting to do Pt/Pd printing when my kit arrives at Christmas.
My question is can I use my Richeson brush (read expensive ...perhaps just for Pt/Pd brush) for the cyanotype testing....
or..... should I just use another cheaper brush that I already own for experimenting?
Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
I picked up a set of brushes in a kitchen supply store - the type used for greasing pans and such. I expected to be able to discard them after use (van Dyke, salted paper, cyanotype), but they clean easily, too. Total cost about $1 for 3 brushes...
-- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
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since you know what my prints look like you can judge for yourself if cheap paint brushes work well enough.
Although I actually prefer slightly used brushes.. gives rougher brushing which is something I like.