Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
...Current images from color RC papers are expected to last from 100 to 200 years depending on the keeping conditions and manufacturer. This has been achieved during the last 10 years or so, although overall image stability has been improving constantly for the last 50 - 60 years since the introduction of the first color imaging materials....


Not to be argumentative (although I suppose posting a reply is intrinsically just that), but which current manufacturer of RC paper are you referring to? Is this reflective of your experience solely at EK, or does this statement universally apply, industry-wide across the board, to any RC paper I may choose to purchase in December of 2006?

Since you stated that it depends, in part, on the manufacturer, can you be more specific, so as to help us laymen in making better decisions on purchasing RC paper? What about the easten European brands of B/W RC paper; do you hold the same degree of confidence as you do with the products no longer manufactured by EK?

I suppose you can sense the frustration of, after eagerly lending an ear to the wisdom and sage advice of experts, to find their statements mostly opinion, with little of substance.

How is this thread supposed to bolster our decision-making regarding the longevity of RC vs fiber paper? Granted, the context of this thread is about which papers to use for hand-coating, which is not in my foreseeable future, but the discussion seems to be relevant to commercially manufactured papers as well.

Where do us laymen (and potential customers, the only ones who will keep this technology alive in the marketplace) find authoritative information on the keeping properties of such materials? Most manufacturers' websites give information, if at all, that reads more like a legal disclaimer than a statement of expected product performance.

I may also state here that, as a qualified neophyte, the academic and arcane arguments between you and Ryuji seem to me to be nothing more than a battle of two egos. While it provides for some degree of entertainment in my otherwise miserable life, I am beginning to question the advocacy of relying solely on self-proclaimed 'experts'.

I appreciate the candid and otherwise priceless wisdom that is (occasionally) dispensed here. And the historical lessons on the engineering developments of modern photographic materials are of academic interest to some. All the rest is chaff.

There's nothing that beats experience; especially one's own!