In his attempt to get alternatives and even bargains no photographer should neglect the people behind those films and chemicals.
The Svema case shows again that there is a good chance that employees are duped. I guess no one realistically expects a chemical plant, and that’s what a film manufacturer is, to be turned into a chip producer. But if realistically obsolete the funds of a plant should be as possibly fair turned into means to a create perspectives for those people involved.
A lot of work of the trustee handling the people’s funds of the chemical and especially the mechanical photo industry of de GDR are questionable. (Well, there was the desire for immediate change… and they got it.) Now there is the argumentation of some people that Agfa was interested in a bancrupsy of Agfaphoto to betray the employees, (though I could put some arguments against) but the mere possibility makes one shiver.
Reading this again, it looks to me like written by a schoolboy. I’m naive.
Incidentally, some of Slavich's B&W papers are manufactured on a paper base manufactured in the FSU while others use German manufactured paper bases.
Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
I did some initial testing with one of their graded papers (which used an FSU paper base) purchased from Freestyle back in Dec, 2006 and immediately encountered problems. Freestyle was alerted and though they did not refund my money, they did pay to have the remaining paper shipped back to them so they could, in turn, return it to Slavich for analysis of the defects.
Hopefully this was an isolated incident because, otherwise, word of mouth is that the papers are quite nice.
I think the problem you may have encountered was fogging. I am not sure what developer you were using but with Ansco 130 it works flawlessly. With other developers, I have had a few issues. Adding a little potassium bromide fixed it.
Well, contact them! They seem very approachable...
Originally Posted by AgX
Slavich is probably the largest manufacturer of holography film in the world. And they sell this product line direct to the USA.
Originally Posted by PHOTOTONE
AFAIK, Freestyle is the only one carrying their paper in the USA. I'm not aware of another source.
I don't know if they still sell cinematic film.
I guess you mixed up Tasma with Svema. (Might be you were ironic, though.)
Slavich has got no cine stock on their website.
(Though, by reaction on another post of mine I learned that referring to a company’s website is not necessarily welcomed at APUG...)
Slavich has a couple of websites, actually. The one dedicated to the USA strictly deals with their holography products.
I just did a check on their native site (the one that shows the factory belching smoke into the sky...) and, as you said, they do not list cinematic film.
Perhaps after 1991 they dropped out when Fuji and Kodak products became available.
The problem I encountered was overall muddiness and weak blacks (not really black at all) coupled with perceptible bumps on the paper base.
Originally Posted by kjsphoto
A total loss, really!:D
I was using Dektol 1:3 during the session. I've tried the trick of adding restrainer to developers to salvage a fogged paper (used it with out-of-date Multigrade which, as a developer-incorporated paper, doesn't have marvelous shelf life) before. And it worked for me.
I do intend to give Slavich another shot when my Forte supplies are exhausted. Bad paper happens.
Originally Posted by AgX
Sorry, I thought it was funny... :p
The Slavich paper from the current batch at Freestyle that I got is perfect, and gives wonderful prints from my negatives.
Originally Posted by aldevo