RA-4, Big Lab Printing

They are called “chromogenic,” or “type C,” because that is what Kodak called the 1950 printing process. They are called “Lightjets” because Cymbolic Sciences got there first. They are called “digital C’s” as a product neutral designation; a way to distinguish them from inkjet prints. The labs using these machines are major users of silver based photosensitive paper. They keep the wide papers being made. Narrow paper is used by the scrap-book, duplication systems at drugstores.

The Lab Machines:

Printers include the Cymbolic Sciences Lightjet, Durst Lambda, and ZBE Chromira.

The Lightjet was introduced in 1996. It is laser based, as is the Durst Lambda, while the Chromira is LED based output. Lightjets were the most expensive at introduction, and now are the least likely to be used because of their high maintenance costs. They do provide very wide output along with being reasonably sharp images. ZBE claims they provide the highest resolution of these three systems.[https://www.zbe.com/5×50-printers/]

Durst’s main site no longer lists their Lamda. Print systems don’t wait for the past. https://durstus.com

And Cymboli Sciences is a division of Oce. {https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LightJet}

InventorAlastair M. ReedGary K. PringleCristian E. Dunbar Patent: US5995653A

ZBE: InventorZac BogartJames Browning Patent: US6833931B1

This post is just another plug into the leaky rumor which is the Film Net of Larger Format and Photrio. Most mistakes seem to be outright lies; lies designed to explain, to defend a long held belief. Unfortunately, once a failure, always a failure. Even in fantasy, a failure. Wiling away the dreary life of filling order sheets for the door store —