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TN98
03-28-2011, 02:36 AM
I'm about to order the Lodima paper for contact print. Should I buy the 11x14 or the bigger size?
What size should I buy the paper for Pt/Pd?

Thanks,
TN

aaronmichael
03-28-2011, 02:49 AM
I'm about to order the Lodima paper for contact print. Should I buy the 11x14 or the bigger size?
What size should I buy the paper for Pt/Pd?

Thanks,
TN

If it's for contact printing a sheet that's 11x14 then I would think it comes down to whether you want borders on your final print or not. Buy the larger size if you want borders - or you could always mount the final print. A larger size would also give you some room to play with, without having to crop any of your negative. Just my two cents.

TN98
03-28-2011, 05:15 AM
I think for the Lodima, I would buy the 11x14. I don't know what to use for the alternative process because it need to hand coat on the paper.

degruyl
03-28-2011, 08:14 AM
If you buy a sheet at 22 x 30 in, you can cut it to 15 x 22in and have plenty of room for borders (which is quite useful for hand coated paper). You could also cut it down further, but I'd leave about 1 1/2 - 2 inches around each edge, but that depends on how you are coating the paper.

11 x 15 would be really difficult to print to the edge, but you might be able to manage it with careful coating. Be prepared to get chemistry on your coating surface, though.

TN98
03-28-2011, 09:14 AM
@degruyl thanks a lot. Haven't thought of that size before.

jnanian
03-28-2011, 09:15 AM
when i make contact prints i never want a "full bleed"
or the negative to reach the edge of the paper ..

Vaughn
03-28-2011, 10:45 AM
For silver gelatin, I would probably go 16x20, but I would trim off an inch on each side (down to 15x19) so that I could easily use 16x20 trays for processing. The emulsion of silver gelatin paper tends to chip at the edges if not handled carefully, so it is nice having a little extra around the image.

For platinum printing, etc, I would go with the 16x20 if found in that size -- or cut the 22x30 in half as previously suggested. Looking at the prices of COT 320, 16x20 is a little cheaper than a half sheet of 22x30

jeffreyg
03-28-2011, 11:04 AM
I also think the best solution is the 22x30 sheets. I don't often print 11x14 negatives but if you also print smaller negatives you can get four 11x14's out of one sheet as I do.

http://www.jeffreyglasser.com/

Andrew O'Neill
03-29-2011, 06:53 PM
I it were me, I'd go with 11x14 paper because I trim and dry-mount prints. With larger paper, the trimmed bits would just get chucked... and that would be wasteful.

GregY
03-30-2011, 01:22 PM
For Lodima. Buy the 11x14. You can float mount the prints. It's a beautiful & expensive paper to waste on borders IMO.