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    Zone VI Brilliant fiber paper???

    I started using the Zone VI Brilliant variable contrast fiber paper and love it. I love the whites and blacks and the in betweens, and I love the rigidness of the wet paper. (I have had other fiber paper kink the emulsion when wet...) I have also not seen any difference in the wet and dry prints, so I don't have to compensate for drydown I think it is called.

    But, my question is, what do the other APUGgers think of this paper. I haven't seen much written on it.

    Thanks in advance for your comments.

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    Hi WBryant, I love it.
    Excellent paper for a lot of the kind of images I've been doing. Has a nice white base as you say, and gives beautiful rich dark tones.I bought 1/2 doz packets of old stock a while ago, and I can see the end of it coming. Wish I could get more.
    Regards, John.
    My contributions to the current Print Exchange will be on zone vi brilliant.

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    Quite possibly my favorite all-time paper. I'm working with AZO now, but I always loved Brilliant. I used it mostly in graded emulsions, not the VC. Are you using VC Brilliant? It is very cold neutral black and whites, no greenish balcks like Gallerie. I always preferred it to Seagull, too.

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    The old Zone VI paper was OUTSTANDING; Fred Picker cut a deal with a famous (in Europe) printing paper manufacturer (can't recall the name). A few years later, this arrangement fell through. While contuing to use Zone VI paper from Calumet, I determined (or, perhaps, surmised) that this was paper manufactured by Ilford. I now mostly use Kodak Polymax and am quite satified with it. For warm tone I use Ilford MGFB and on occassion Se tone to obtain what ever degree of brown shading I am seeking. For colder tone needs, I use Polymax paper and add some benzotriozole to my D-73 print developer.

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    Dear WBryant,

    I use it regularly, although not exclusively. It has a very good look and tones easily.

    Neal Wydra

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    I've heard (Fred Picker, I think) that contrast can diminish, even in less than a year, depending on storage conditions, as others have suggested. Like you said, like all B&W photo materials, always test first.

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    The old Zone VI paper was made by Guilleminot & Boesflung in France and it was a marvellous paper.
    When that company stopped its production it became Bergger with some people from the old company but now Bergger production is made by Forte.

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    I think hortense and payral are correct,
    I used the Fred Picker version and it was a beautiful paper , when it switched to Calumet it was a different paper, now I believe as hortense says it is Ilford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikewhi
    Quite possibly my favorite all-time paper. I'm working with AZO now, but I always loved Brilliant. I used it mostly in graded emulsions, not the VC. Are you using VC Brilliant? ....
    -Mike
    Yes I use VC Mike. Still great stuff.

    Bob is Calumet the only place to obtain zone vi brilliant now, do you know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John McCallum
    Yes I use VC Mike. Still great stuff.

    Bob is Calumet the only place to obtain zone vi brilliant now, do you know?
    Yes.

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