'Other' warmtone papers?
Since I have been printing, I have been very limited in the papers I have used - basically, its been pretty much Ilford, except for trying some Arista EDU recently.
My favourite paper thus far has been the Ilford Warmtone (RC in Perl). I would like to give some other warmtone papers a try, this time in Fibre. What are peoples thoughts on other warmtone papers that are available? What would be a good substitute to Ilford?
For regular printing I use Ilford Warmtone, but Forte also has a nice warmtone. The forte material can't get the extremes of contrast as well (if that is important to you) and tones much more vigorously. I think it looks better untoned than the Ilford looks untoned......I always at least selenium tone so this isn't important to me.
Foma makes its 131/132 Fomatone Classic emulsions. Warmer than Ilford.
Foma makes the 531/532 with a 'natural' base as they call it. As far as I understand it, the emulsion is the same as 131/132, but the base is different.
Seagull has its warmtone emulsion, which I haven't tried myself.
Beyond that I scope Adox Variotone Warmtone. I have no idea what this paper is, but that's a third alternative.
That's all I can find in warmtone papers anymore.
Adox MCC is a warmtone paper, you've missed that one Thomas. Agfa MCC was my main paper for many years I only stopped using it because Agfa ceased making films & papers.
The warmth of all warmtone papers is easy manipulated with development controls, shorter exposures and longer development shifts towards cold, longer exposures and short development time or more dilute developer extent the warmth significantly.
I've still got a couple of hundred sheets of Forte Polywarmtone but my choice in it's place would be Fomatone MG Classic 131, or at a push Ilford warmtone FB.
I use Oriental WT. It is warmer than Ilford.
Last I looked Freestyle still has a few boxes of Salvich warmtone, I bought a box of grade 2 8X10 which I am happy with. I found a supplier in Washington who says they will carry Salvich.
Pray that Adox will bring back Polywarmtone as well.
Another + for Oriental. It's got a nice look to it that you'd like if you like Ilford's look. Its QC is also great too.
Don't forego Ilford's warmtone in FB, either. Not sure how it looks, if any difference, between the RC version (which I haven't used) but it's stellar.
Could have fooled me by how neutral it looks. Do they really market it as a warmtone paper?
Originally Posted by Ian Grant