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jim appleyard

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I've been getting my cheap b/w paper from Photo Warehouse. I use it for contact sheets, work prints, etc. It runs $69.00 for 250 sheets of 8x10. does anyone know of a source for less expensive paper?
 
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www.freestylephoto.biz. Chech out the Arista papers.
 
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I tried the Arista EDU and it didn't like my safelight, but thanks for the tip all the same.
 

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Jim, depending on the savings might be cheaper to change the safelight if that's possible?
I'm in total agreement with that-- my RED safelight NEVER fogs paper

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My safelights are OC, btw. Plus, the Arista brand is $3.00 more than the no-name from Ultrafine; that paper and all others I've used like my safelights :smile:
 

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My safelights are OC, btw. Plus, the Arista brand is $3.00 more than the no-name from Ultrafine; that paper and all others I've used like my safelights :smile:
IMO the only use for OC safelights is to make it easier to see in the darkroom. Yes, it is harder to see with red, but it is a much safer light. All the European paper I use require red, plus I have always (since the 60's) used red without fogging any paper.

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IMO the only use for OC safelights is to make it easier to see in the darkroom. Yes, it is harder to see with red, but it is a much safer light. All the European paper I use require red, plus I have always (since the 60's) used red without fogging any paper.

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I agree with that and have switched from an OC to a red No1 (not 1a) safelight about a year ago. It's a much 'safer' light and just one of those things to get used to.
 

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What is OC? Is that the orangey-red? It's making me wonder what I have - red or OC?
 
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I got my safelight from freestyle. Given the limited space in my darkroom (read: downstairs half bath), the safelight is located on top of my GraLab timer, approximately 12 inches form the nearest edge of the Arista papers I use. It might have been a rough batch of paper. But I would be more prone to look at the safelight.
 

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How does Arista paper compare to Ilford - quality wise?
 
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It doesn't. And I have not used Ilford papers, yet. I think that comes next year. But it is a great starter paper. Prints well and is easy to work with for relatively little quid. For the more serious printer, a good test paper I suppose.
 

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It doesn't.

Why do you think this, especially given you don't use Ilford papers? Is it image quality, consistency; what quality do you feel the Arista .EDU papers lack?
 

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It doesn't. And I have not used Ilford papers, yet. I think that comes next year. But it is a great starter paper. Prints well and is easy to work with for relatively little quid. For the more serious printer, a good test paper I suppose.

Are you kidding? Foma supplies a large amount of paper to Arista and the paper is top notch. Don't believe everything you "read in the news."
 

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How does Arista paper compare to Ilford - quality wise?

It's has a somewhat thinner base. It's also less resistant to water, although it will not cause you any problems. Depending on the conditions, it may have a tendency to curl slightly, but it never bothered me. It also has a very nice emulsion that tones nicely. I like it.

EDIT: The paper I used was Fomaspeed Varriant
 
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