Foma's Triple-Weight Base: Is it REALLY triple weight?

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    I am interested in trying some Foma paper (specifically 532) for the textured surface, and white base with a warm-toned emulsion. The most intriguing aspect is the claim that the paper has a triple-weight base. One thing I love about FB paper is the "papery" feel. It actually feels like art paper, similar to a heavy watercolour paper. I would be interested in trying something with an even heavier base than the standard double-weight. In the experience of those who have tried this or similar papers is there a noticeable difference in the paper weight between these "triple-weight" papers and Ilford Multigrade Warmtone, for example? I'd also appreciate general experience with this paper such as how it responds to toning or hand-colouring, grade filters etc...

    My thanks, as always, for your help!

    - Justin
     
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    The majority of my work is printed onto textured papers and I have more or less tried all of them. At the moment I am using the Foma 532 paper as it's the only one with variable contrast. The paper is quite heavy, although Foma describe it as a double weight paper, it isn't as heavy as Kentmere's Art Classic which was 240gsm.

    The Foma 532 paper is very slow as it is aimed at contact workers, but I can live with that, makes burning/ dodging all that easier. The data sheet recommends contrast grades of 0,00 to 4

    If you are looking for something triple weight and textured, pick up a pack of Bergger Prestige Fine Art Portrait Silver Supreme (too long a name!), it's a very impressive paper. Grade 2 or 2.5 roughly. When I show examples of both the Foma and Bergger papers, clients can't believe that it's actually a photograph..not that they know anything to start with!

    The Bergger paper is a luxury item with a price tag to match... I'm very happy with the Foma. You may experience a dip in availablity with the foma paper as some suppliers are reporting the paper as discontinued, but I have been informed it will return very shortly.

    The Foma paper is very creamy, whilst Bergger's paper is pure white or slighly warm as they describe it.
     
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    Kodak Elite was a "triple weight" paper, or close to it. It was nice to work with -- but it was a traditional glossy paper, not a textured art paper. Once matted and behind glass, the thickness of the paper doesn't carry much weight, though. (Bad pun alert!)

    Vaughn
     
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    I used the Foma and aside from the fact that it really wasn't any heavier than the Bergger VCCB paper (around 240-260 GSM, which they sell as a double-weight paper), it is a very nice paper to work with. You do have to like the creamy base though, so it isn't for every subject.
     
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