Paper question-- FreeStyle Product-Is Arista VC RC same as Ilford MG RC?

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by Jos. Burke, Jun 11, 2004.

  1. Jos. Burke

    Jos. Burke Guest

    I've been using Freestyles' Arista Label Sheetfilm ( 8x10 sheet 125 speed)
    which is commonly stated as being Ilford FP4--and I process it as FP4.
    EXCELLENT FILM By the way!! But what of the Papers--I use both Ilford VC RC
    and Fiber papers. Is the RC/Fiber Arista also an Ilford MG IV Equivalent?
    I use RC for contact sheets and various (occasional freebies) but final
    prints in fiber. Any Arista paper users here?
    Jos. Burke, Jun 11, 2004
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  2. Jos. Burke

    Dan Quinn Guest

    I've heard that it may be Kentmere. I'm using some Arista in Grade 2
    8x10 FB and 5x7 RC. It looks good to me.
    I Homebrew. I had never added bromide but did start when I found the
    Arista FB more prone to chemical fog. Nice whites now. Dan
    Dan Quinn, Jun 13, 2004
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  3. I haven't used Arista paper for some time but when I did
    it was obviously NOT Ilford stuff. Some appears to be made
    by Kentmere, a well established English company, but I think
    Freestyle also buys paper from one of the former eastern
    bloc companies.
    The film is definitely Ilford, same as Ilford's normal
    packaged film.
    Richard Knoppow, Jun 15, 2004
  4. At one point perhaps Ilford did make Arista.


    Arista EDU is diffinately not made by Ilford.
    Gregory W Blank, Jun 15, 2004
  5. The consensus is that the Arista Professional line is Ilford and
    that the Arista.EDU line is Forte. AFAIK Freestyle is still
    offering both.
    Jordan Wosnick, Jun 15, 2004
  6. Jos. Burke

    Fil Ament Guest

    I could agree with both of your statements.
    Except Gregory's spelling sucks.
    Fil Ament, Jun 15, 2004
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