What are good papers for lith printing?

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  1. brian steinberger

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    Besides the obvious Fotospeed paper, what current FB papers are the most lith printable? I know there are some papers that will lith print to an extent, but I'm wondering what you lith printers out there prefer. I'm going to start lith printing in the Fotospeed lith developer.

    Another question: Does VC or graded paper matter in lith printing since the highlights are controlled by exposure and shadows by development?
     
  2. Sanjay Sen

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    A good source of information would be, of course, Dr. Rudman's site, as well as the articles he wrote that can be found here (these are slightly older). I do not lith print yet, but will (hopefully) be starting soon. FWIW, I've decided to start with Kentmere's Kentona & Bromide papers in the LD20 developer. If you haven't read Dr. Rudman's books yet, I would highly recommend them. I have both and have read one already - very well written with lots of information and tips.

    Good luck, and please post some results here.


    Edit: A combination of the two websites I mentioned will give you an idea of what papers are "lithable", and which of these are still available.


    Best wishes,
    Sanjay
     
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    For lith printing I prefer Fomatone MG from Foma. In Moersch SE5 Lith it can produce yellowish and reddish highlights and greenish shadows. But I would also recommend Tim Rudmans books. Both of them as the one of them is a good instruction manual and the other a good source of inspiration.

    ciao
    -- Ruediger
     
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    Brian

    After fotospeed my favorite papers for Lith are... Oriental Graded 4, and possibly the most underated lith paper of all is Ilford Warmtone.. If you figure out how to make this one work you will be amazed with the potential of this paper.
     
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    My favorite is Kentmere VC Warmtone fiber in the semi-matte finish....sweet.
     
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    Hi Brian-
    I've used Fomatone MG warmtone matt, Kentmere Kentona and Fotospeed Lith. I've also used Fotokemika but it seems to be a slower speed. All are excellent and give different results with different developers. I use Fotospeed developer and Maco Superlith developer. As far as your question I don't get that technical but I haven't noticed any difference in VC or Graded maybe some others have. I personally would go VC as it gives more flexibility. Some negatives I've found just need higher contrast filters (4 and 5) to print well. Stick with one paper and one developer to start. I think fotospeed developer and Fotospeed Lith paper work really well. Most of my Lith prints are this combination. My experience with Lith printing is just do it and don't get technical. In most cases F8 and 45 seconds will work. A lot of times I don't want to sit there for 10 minutes waiting so I usually give my negs heavy over exposure. In my experience wider aperatures give less contrast but more "Lithy" prints while smaller aperatures give more contrast but this isn't a rule as Lith is unpredictable but thats the beauty!
    Good Luck
    Scott
     
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    Freestyle also makes a point of noting which of the papers they sell are lithable. Tim Rudman's site mentioned above is authoratative on the subject.
     
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    Mark, is there a way to see some of your prints or do you know where I can see some samples of Kentmere VC warmtone lithed?
     
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    Can Moersch products be purchased in the States?
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    Here are some different papers from today's session...

    Yesterday and today I worked on lith-printing an image, using MacoLith for the first time. The development went so fast that I doubled the recommended dilution. Since the developer didn't seem to exhaust after 3 or 4 prints like my usual Kodak Super RT, I continued onwards once I ran out of Fomatone and decided to try several other papers. I managed to lith 20 papers in one developer prep; that's a record for me.

    -print 1 is a straight print on Ilford RC pearl
    -2 is Fomatone VC RC WT velvet at gr.4
    -3 is Forte PWT RC semi-matte at gr.3
    -4 is Ilford WT... which still sucks for lith in my house for some reason
    -5 is Kentmere VC WT FB at gr.3, a moderate amt of pepper fog

    For this image, I like the grain/texture and the colour brought out by the lith process, but I think I like the straight print for the contrast...
     

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    MGWT does not lith like the more lithable papers do and the large/small grain effect is less pronounced, but you can lith process it and it has a look of its own - not as 'lithy' as others. I known that it is a favourite of Bob Carnie's.
    Personally, I find it easier, or perhaps that should be 'more to my liking', to lith it in hot lith developer. I find it responds 'better'.

    However, the TRUE strength of this paper with the lith process (in my opinion) is with what I call 'second pass lith', i.e. redevelopment in lith after bleaching a normally processed print. The results will vary with the ist pass developer used.
    Try it - it splits like a charm ;-)
    Tim
     
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    Thanks, Mike - that was VERY helpful.
     
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    Thanks, Tim. I WILL try out your techniques. In the past I've beat my head against the wall trying too make the Ilford work as straight-up lith. It's such a nice paper for me otherwise and it's so available. Your advice is just the ticket.

     
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    Thanks, Scott.

    The more I look at it, the more I like it. I posted it up literally 10 minutes post microwave and dry mount press so hadn't had a chance to appreciate it. It's up on the Fridge Door Gallery now, in good daylight.

    It's a bit grittier than the others, I'd say a hint of yellow-gray in with the blacks. I'd not had good luck with the Kentmere in the Kodak SRT; brutal pepper fog. So, it's risen up in my appreciation scale...
     
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    Ilford Warmtone is tricky..
    the secret or trick is to pull the print way before the black pull time of other papers. As the black emerges it starts to set, pull the sucker. Once you get the hang of it you will watch the print basically explode in the fix... the effect can be very appealing for images that require an ancient look... I made some images for the band Tradgically Hip , that I think are as beautiful with this paper as any I have ever made. As well a lot of fashion photographers like the IWT look as it gives a 30's 40's look to the image.
    Lots of wasted paper with this one because you really can't see the results until the print has been flipped a couple of times .

     
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    Nancy, I suggest to contact Wolfgang directly and ask him for a distributor in the US: wolfgang@moersch-photochemie.com. He is also a member here on apug.
    If there is nobody in the US carrying Wolfgangs products, you could ask him or Mirko to ship it directly to you.
     
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    I really appreciate you doing this paper comparison. It holds great value. I too like your Kentmere Warmtone image, and I have used it before in a print exchange. I got pepper fogging, but I don't dislike pepper fog, I love it with certain subject matter.

    A paper you should try out some time is Fotokemika Emaks. I got a 16x20 from Guillaume Zuili that is outstanding in color and grain. A deep, rich chocolate black after selenium toning.

    Your examples are really nice. I like all of them actually, but the Kentmere has something extra.

    - Thomas

     
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    Thanks for the examples, I bought a box of Kentmere WT for this very purpose...great to see your results. Are you planning to post the other results? You rarely see print comparisons anywhere.
     
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    Does anyone know if Kentona still lith prints now its had its cadmium removed, and how it compares with old kentona?
     
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    Hi, Gary.

    Those are all the examples I have for now. I only tried 4 different types of paper, but my developer worked for 20 papers made up of those types. So, no other results for the moment. I'm taking notes from the info that's coming out in this thread about other papers!


     
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    I have tried Kentmere WT FB in Fotospeed lith at various exposures and developer concentrations but never got a decent print. In each case there was no infectious rush to development, just waiting for over an hour to get a milky pale print. Pity as I love this paper for normal printing.

    Les
     
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    Thanks for the reference, Andreas
    Nancy
     
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    Strange, it is my favorite paper (Kentmere Fineprint VC Warm semi-matte). It is a really fast paper too. I've only used it in Maco/Labor partner/Rollei (or whatever they are calling it now) at about 1:1:15. If you are using a glossy finish, I wonder if the finish has anything to do with it.
     
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    I am going to try Maco Superlith and Foma in the next few days. It is a long time since my last printing which featured Novalith chemicals and Forte Polywarmtone paper. The colours produced with this combination were delicate and really appealing. I do not know what to expect so it could be interesting !