Adox MC110 Quality Control

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  1. kauffman v36

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    This by no means is a rant on this product, in fact it is my favorite paper to date, but i do have one thing to mention.

    ABout a month after it first came out i ordered a 25 sheet 8x10 pack to try it out. i instantly fell in love, the tonal range is gorgeous and i prefer it to MGIV and MGWT. However, in that pack, there were maybe 4 or 5 sheets of the 25 with dark lines along the veryyyy edge and in one case a spot of emulsion had come off.

    This leades me to my current issue. I have a spring review coming up for school where we put up 10 prints, unmatted, on the wall, for critiquing by all art faculty. Of course, i decided it was worth it to splurge on some mc110 for this. I ordered a 25 sheet 11x14 box to make the 7/10 b&w prints i am putting up. So i start printing, everythings fine, then i notice the black line on the edge of the paper, not every edge, always one edge of the paper.

    i tried it without exposing the paper and just putting an unexposed test strip in the developer, flipping the paper in the easel, it was always the same side. Now, the box was factory sealed till it got inside the darkroom that day so it leads me to conclude its a factory problem, ontop of the fact that ive seen it before. i will still be putting up the prints, 4/7 i believe have this faint but visible line accross the top edge, but it does bother me that such a wonderful paper has this annoying problem. matting the prints wouldsolve it but thats not an excuse.


    Ill try to get a picture of what im talking about but i can imagine im not the first one to have this problem. on some sheets its more than others, very straight line, not as if the paper has been fogged, it seems like it happened when the sheets were cut since its all on the same edge. i dont know really.


    Any help is appreciated!
    And thank you to adox for coming out with a new b&w paper that more than happy to pay the premium for.

    -Robert
     
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    I've tried this paper (went through 4 packages of 25 sheets of 8x10), liked the tonality, and didn't personally experience any flaws. Nevertheless, my personal view at this point is that since I can get the Ilford papers to do what I need them to do, I really prefer to use only Ilford, Kodak, and Fuji products now (although I must admit I have also used alot of Oriental paper over the past few years and never had a quality issue). Given the market is so much smaller than it once was, when it comes to quality control, batch-to-batch consistency etc Ilford, Kodak and Fuji are the leaders. I know what I'm going to get every time, and the products are relatively easy to get. Now obviously when it comes specifically to black and white paper, the choice is extremely limited since it means I only have Ilford products to choose from. That's way too limiting for most people, especially people doing all sorts of multiple toning and alternative stuff, but for anyone looking for a "standard" neutral toned paper I'd still suggest Ilford will give you the best quality and consistency. With the right toning combinations Ilford papers (MGIV and WT) can also be quite flexible. There was a lengthy discussion thread on this recently with some interesting test results, particularly on how to get neutral or cooler tones out of MGWT.
     
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    It is the paper I use most and yes, I've had some of the same issues. It hasn't stopped me from using it but it's worth mentioning. Quality control may be an issue but beggars can't be choosers, I guess. Film, on the other hand, have tried a few times but gave up, as I was rarely happy with the inconsistent results which I know for sure have nothing to do with my processing routines. Like I've said though, I am happy I can still shoot film and have a few great choices of paper.
     
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    I've been using the Adox MCC 110 in different sizes for over a year now,
    and didn't experience any flaws.
    The results are nearly identical with the old Agfa Multicontrast Classic.
     
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    Everyone raves about this paper but I have yet to try any.
    I hope this is an isolated issue.

    The days of Kodak quality are disappearing.

    Can you get the "black line" into the border area and then trim it?
     
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    You should contact Mirko from Fotoimpex who made this paper. Send him an email, or better, give him a call.
     
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    i dont get what you mean about getting it into the border area, its on the very edge of the paper, i could trim it but i prefer not to trim it in order to keep all my paper size and image size identical.

    ill try and get a photo this week since my prints are at school right now.

    Also, i use adorama house paper for all my work prints for 8x10 and actually prefer it to MGIV personally. not to rag on MGIV but its too cool and harsh for my taste. i know toning can take care of that but i print in a darkroom where there are 18 other enlargers so the chemicals haveto work for everyone.

    ill contact fotoimpex, anyone have a phone number/email handy?

    Thank you
     
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    Do I understand this correct, the black line is where the paper has been cut?
    This happens, it is due to the silver halides being "exposed" by pressure.
    My Agfa MCP has this rather often. A careful rub along the edge while the print is in the water removes it easily.

    To contact Fotoimpex: www.adox.de or www.fotoimpex.de
     
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    I really like this paper, but moved to Ilford until 100 sheet boxes show up.
     
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    Is this VC paper?
     
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    Mike,

    Mirko has explained on previous occasions that due to the Adox pricing structure, 100 sheet boxes of 8"x10" Adox MCC would not be available at significant discount over the 25 sheet packaging.

    Tom
     
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    If it were pressure sensitization due to cutting, well, you have 4 cut areas per sheet so by this reasoning you should (or could) have up to 4 black lines per sheet.

    When you see only one black line, and can attribute it to a factory problem it may be one of several things:

    1. Pressure sensitivity fogging the paper which is set on end as a whole roll. This crushes one edge and can fog it.

    2. A light fog along one edge due to some sort of leak at the factory or in packing. Check the black bag and see if the seal is tight along the fogged edge.

    I'll probably think of a few more.

    Good luck.

    PE
     
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    I've participated in those discussions, but a savings is still a savings. Until then, I'll keep using the Ilford brand.
     
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    wow, lots of responses. thanks.

    yes its only along one edge, and no, it does not come off by rubbing, tried that while i was printing when i couldnt figure out what it was. the reason i dont think its fogging due to light is that the line is very thin and doesnt bleed at all, as if drawn with a ruler.

    i pm'd mirko and am awaiting a response.
     
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    If paper or film is rolled into a tight roll preparatory to cutting, any impact, fold, crease or exposure will create a very fine line along the area of contact.

    It will look as if drawn by a ruler!

    PE
     
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    I think this may be my first post - but I have been lurking for a while!
    In Australia we can get very few of these obscure Euro products (that often seem to be of dubious manufacture) and that does not concern me one bit.
    Those of us who like to print our own B&W should be supporting Ilford with every dollar we can because they are not only the last of the big four still coating B&W paper but probably the only one, big or small, that will be left standing before too long.
    Let's not kid ourselves either that any of these products coming out of Europe are really Agfa by another name - AgfaPhoto is dead. A coating machine once owned by Agfa or a couple of "chemists" who once worked for Agfa do not make an Agfa factory.
    I have much the same feelings re film. While there is more choice available in film, if we want to continue to have, say, TriX available, let's support Kodak and buy the stuff instead of some off-brand emulsion that may not be here next month or if is could well be made by someone else in another country.
    Collectively we don't need to repeat the Kodachrome saga and not use it for 10 years but profess lifelong love for it then complain bitterly when the manufacturer drops it.
     
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    Exactly.

    Buy lots of film...and then SHOOT it so you need to buy lots more!

    I have been a sinner myself as of late. I normally shoot a lot. But I don't think I have shot more than a couple frames of film in the past month with my current schedule (14 - 18 hour days during the week).
     
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    Well, be careful when bashing European products. After all Harman (not Ilford) is in the UK which is still part of Europe. Might be confusing when being so far away....
     
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    while it is not agfa, adox products are coming surprisingly close to agfa in terms of results. i also use ilford products, and support them in every way possible, but if everyone JUST bought ilford then every other european company would for sure go out of business.
     
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    I have had this issue too and could identify the plastic bag as the culprit. It is made of a folded sheet welded together at the edges. This welding creates up a breaking point where you get light leaks easily if you bend the material too often. Mirco should chose on more spacious boxes and think over the assembly method for the bags.

    Ulrich
     
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    Ulrich,

    ill check the bag today, the funny thing is it happened the very first time i opened the box. so unless someone at adox had been folding my black bag over and over (which i doubt, lol) it had never been folded other than when it was packaged.