The amount of colour (RA4) paper has become extremely scarce with only Kodak (dire and virtually unobtainable in any surface) and Fuji seems to have cut back their production somewhat. As you have found it is only in rolls. I used the last of my Kodak roll some weeks ago so have to stick with Fuji. If you are a 'handyman' with simple tools, like me you can make a light tight dispenser for not a lot of money. If you wish I can send you my design for such a device made out of cut sheets of aluminium and angle aluminium strip all riveted together.
I am based in Durham, UK.
Various sizes available at Nordfoto.
In case you only are seeking UK shops, you should change your wording...
Why should I seek colour paper from anywhere else. It is getting expensive now and import duties will only increase that cost. Kodak paper is almost certainly the better of the two brands and the remaining min labs are having to return to using Fuji.
Fuji paper is the only one available in sheet form 'off the shelf' but the rolls are available. However some dealers will only sell 2 rolls at a time which seems to me a little counter productive. I have used my own design roll dispenser for a number of years and I have offered to send the details to 'Chronsie' who made the original request.
but unfortunately not in 8x10, that’s the size I need for scanning.
Kodak paper is almost certainly the better of the two brands
It's a strange world where the demand for Kodak colour film outstrips supply and yet there seems to be no future for its RA4 paper. I can only conclude that other than mini-labs there is not enough demand from home RA4 printing enthusiasts to make it worthwhile to bother to sell single rolls or cut sheetsThe main/only reason why I lament the demise of Kodak's RA4 papers (I honestly don't expect they will return, ever)
Not mini-labs, but industrial printing plants are eating RA-4 paper.
Since it's a Chinese endeavor now it's probably not just a matter of supply and demand anymore but also subject to government policy and dynamics that aren't necessarily intuitive for us in the West. I doubt Chinese industrial policy (and the access to capital etc) favors a niche like this one. Odds are they wanted the Kodak business to milk it while it lasted and then have control over any relevant intellectual property and equipment. I'm sure there's some stuff in there they can use for other purposes.It's a strange world where the demand for Kodak colour film outstrips supply and yet there seems to be no future for its RA4 paper.
Sino-Promise had been in the business for years - supplying Kodak Alaris with product and distributing huge quantities of Kodak Alaris product through the world.
There is no huge political back story. They are basically mired in pandemic consequences, and having tremendous difficulties as a result.
That's good news Matt
There is no huge political back story
But they probably do sell 18x24cm, which is fairly close to 8x10", albeit at a different aspect ratio. Not sure how strictly you want to adhere to your standards, but given the very limited availability of cut sheet, I think you'll have to be/become flexible at some point...
Btw, I've had good experiences in the past with Nordfoto's Fuji cut sheet papers, but bad ones with Kodak paper from the same supplier. It was all fogged, either due to age or light exposure during the cutting operation. I moved to rolls due to this and now cut my own sheets just like @lantau does with a very simple/improvised rig, which works well enough with the advantage of more flexibility in the format you end up with. It's easy to cut a couple of longer sheets for panoramas for instance, or shorter sheets for test prints.
This is pertinently not the case. There are of course differences in product characteristics if you compare individual products, but again those are not brand-wide differences. Having used both extensively, I can say that both Fuji and Kodak RA4 papers are excellent and I never experienced any issues whatsoever that could be put down to the brand/manufacturer. Yes, that is precisely ZERO image defects or other quality anomalies across several rolls and many hundreds of feet of paper. The only problems I've had were either age-related issues (gifted very old paper) or handling issues (mainly fogging) either due to my own fault or external handler.
The main/only reason why I lament the demise of Kodak's RA4 papers (I honestly don't expect they will return, ever) is the fact that there's no easily obtainable alternative to their Endura paper. For Kodak Royal paper, Fuji Crystal Archive in its various renditions is a perfectly fine substitute. For Endura with its inherently high saturation, Fuji Maxima might be an alternative, but it only comes in bigger rolls than I'm willing to handle AND it seems it's more or less unobtainable to begin with.
I’m not the handiest but my father in law enjoys a project so that might be worthwhile actually. Yeah I’ve heard good things about Kodak paper. I’m currently using Fuji gloss. I’m only looking for 8x10 because my v850 scanner won’t take any bigger and that’s the workflow I use, print in my darkroom and digitise with my scanner.
Evening all, does anyone in the UK know where you can get matte colour paper pre cut. I've found Fujifilm Type DP II but rolls only and I don't have the facilities to cut them myself. Any help would be appreciated.
I found that the blacks were not quite so - shall we say black and the paper base is thinner too
|Photrio.com contains affiliate links to products. We may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. |
To read our full affiliate disclosure statement please click Here.
PHOTRIO PARTNERS EQUALLY FUNDING OUR COMMUNITY: