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    What paper to buy?

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    I am looking for FB VC and Graded paper. What do you recommend? The paper I used many years ago is no longer being made Well I cannot find it. I am looking for a paper that is neutral of cool in tone and I also like a matte or luster finish. Do not like Glossy. Now when I bought paper years ago FB paper only came in one finish as far as I knew.

    I really need some advice from you all! I saw the Oriental paper in FB but it said warm tone and I do not like the brown looking images.

    Also if you could recommend a paper developer as well that would be awesome…

    Thanks again,

    Kev

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    Kev,

    Here's a link to the Seagull paper, but it looks like they are out of stock on the 8x10 & 11x14

    http://www.calumetphoto.com/ctl?PAGE...type=SPDSEARCH
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    http://www.freestylephoto.biz/sc_pro...d=503&pid=6101
    http://www.freestylephoto.biz/sc_pro..._id=503&pid=17
    First link is to Arista EDU (which is repackaged Forte Polygrade) and the second link is to Agfa 118. Since I generally only use glossy paper I haven't tried either of these papers, but I am familiar with the glossy versions and like both a lot. Oriental VCFB is my favorite, but I am pretty sure that their cold tone paper is made in glossy surface only. And I haven't tried graded papers yet, so I'm not sure about those. I like Dektol and Agfa Neutol Plus for developers, but I haven't used a lot of different paper developers...
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    I like both Oriental Seagull (Freestyle has it) & Forte Fortezo. Forte is having financial problems so try to get some while supplies last. I tried to order it from J&C but not available, so ordered from B&H. I'm still experimenting with alot of developers, but do like Agfa Neutol both WA & Plus. Split Developers works well on the graded papers giving an inbetween contrast level.
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    I like Oriental Seagull VCFB and also graded Seagull. B&H has it and I have had excellent experience with them. Their pricing seems to be more favorable then some. I ordered from Freestyle several years ago and they were accomodating as well.

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    I gotta ad one more vote for Seagull VCFB. It does it all for me at this point.

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    For a cold tone enlarging paper, Seagull graded is a good choice. Also try Maco Expo RF graded, which responds very nicely to amidol and holds shadow detail like nothing else I've used. You can find it at freestylecamera.com.
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    Kodak Polymax Fine Art. It comes in a "lustre" surface, as well as the glossy. It's double weight and neutral to cold. You can cool it down additionally with Edwal Ultra Black and Selenium. I have stated this here on other threads, but when I contact print a negative on several papers I invariably prefer the PMFA. With split filtering, it's a snap to work with. My camera store stocked dozens of packages of Ilford MG IV in 16x20, but no PMFA in that size. When I went to print some 7x17 negs I just couldn't get the snap and "look" that Polymax has. I special ordered some, and now I wait. You can probably even buy it in Bishop (but not Olancha) or wherever Big Yellow is sold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deckled Edge
    You can probably even buy it in Bishop (but not Olancha) or wherever Big Yellow is sold.
    Sorry, Kevin. Wrong side of the hump. I should have said Sonora, but not Buck Meadow....



 

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