Pearl surface equivalent from Adox/Foma

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  1. Anon Ymous

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    Hello all,

    until now, I mostly printed RC and specifically Ilford pearl. I'd like to give other brands a try. Adox MCP 312 and Fomaspeed Variant 312 are possible choices. So, are they close to the pearl surface, or are they closer to satin?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Anyone? :confused:
     
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    It's a good question and surprising that there have been no answers. The Adox MCP is relatively new but I imagine it is identical or nearly so to Agfa MCP312 which was called semi-matte and which a few must have used. Foma has been around longer but it may be that both papers have a very limited number of users.

    I'd be interested in answers myself

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    I have some Fomaspeed 312 and it looks closer to satin to me.
    It is also similar to the Kodak N surface.

    I am also a Pentax Man.
     
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    Oh, thanks a lot mate! So, it seems that Ilford's pearl is rather unique.
     
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    Freestyle just announced their Arista.Edu Ultra paper in a Pearl surface. According to their description it is "very similar to Ilford RC Pearl". I don't know if the paper is Foma like the film is.

    Though I haven't used this particular paper surface before, I've had great results with their Semi-Matte surface. Slightly thinner than Ilford papers but that hardly matters when its in a frame.
     
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    I just checked it. Since it's made in the Czech republic, it's 101% sure that it's Foma.
     
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    geee I don't know. I think I'd only believe you if you were 102% sure. :D
     
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    Ifrord Pearl is very similar to the Kodak E surface.
     
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    Actually, I was talking about BW papers. There are Kodak and Fuji colour papers that have that kind of surface.
     
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    Yep, try the Foma Variant RC semi matte. Not sure whether its like Ilford's Pearl but it is lovely.
     
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    Thanks Schlapp.