Dye Transfer Supplies

Old processes weren’t static — they changed, often rapidly. I say old, but they weren’t old then, they were new; at their early stage. That is the stage when much of the work was being done without big industrial support. It so happens, that is the point we get to after the process has been abandoned by its industrial supporters.

Process is a life-style thing at the beginning, and at the ending. The Cycle of ….

The equipment needed listing from two different issues of the Kodak Dye Transfer guide. These are from the 50s, as the process went from a maybe to the main way of printing from color. Dye Transfer rapidly replaced Carbro, becoming the preferred way for print publishing — advertising, in fact all media.

By the time Dye Transfer entered the 60s, Kodak had already introduced its replacement: Type C, the process now called RA-4, after the chemistry used. Fujifilm and Kodak have color paper for the process. The process of printing color this century doesn’t involve anywhere near the amount of supplies of last century.

These days: No Assembly Required. Unbox. Mix. Print.

Finished Another Jug

Joy and a little apprehension — every time I mix another batch of chemicals. It must be done; someday it will be all done. Even if they last, I won’t.

Out with the trash. No need to even save the jug. Shipping liquid is expensive. Powder is so much easier to ship, store, but not easier to mix, so, more chemicals are made as concentrates. Ilford chemistry is easy: dilute 1 to 4 for film; 1 to 9 for paper. For the mathemagicians: mix the film stuff 1 to 1 for paper.

Ilford hypam has been my main BW fixer for about a decade. I only use one of these a year; a decade ago I was using 5 a year. So much for the film revival, if I’m a lead case.