I ordered two b&w prints from DigitalSilverImaging.com with their Budget Low Priced RC ROES system and they arrived today.
Packed well, and yet believe it or not the box / envelope was a bit bent. As it turns out not enough to damage the prints, but that was because of the nature of the print paper. Had they been on heavy fiber paper, they might have been bent. Believe me – I know how it goes. I laughed when I saw they were using the same system, more or less as I’ve been using these last 12 years with the cardboard and the kraft envelopes.
I actually could tell their packaging dept. a secret way to prevent bends – though it costs more. If you use a kraft envelope that’s twice the size as the print (this is for smaller prints like 8 x 12 and 11 x 14) and then bend it over in half – it’s just about impossible to dent.
Anyway – the prints are fine from a density and overall look point of view… but… when I went to pick them up I was surprised at how thin the paper was. It wasn’t the double weight RC Ilford paper I remember from my printing days.
Now is that okay or not? I’m not sure.
But I looked at the pricing and offerings again and noticed that there is another listing for Ilford RC Ilfospeed paper. Just to give a comparison of prices for a few sizes:
8 x 12 – $20 (for the first print, RC Ilfospeed. Additional prints are half that price).
8 x 12 – $5.99 (this is what I ordered through the ROES Value RC Print)
That will give you an idea of what you are up against.
And then if you want the fiber paper ($46 for the first print).
So I still don’t have a clear decision here. The obvious thing that comes to mind is to order a bunch of prints maybe even fiber, and have a fiber sale. I’m worried about getting caught with extra stock. As I say – I need to give this some thought. I will place an order for the Ilfospeed paper tomorrow. In the meantime will try to figure out if that can work for me.