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    I bought a pack of this recently, but I don't think I have any negatives of low enough contrast to use it. In one of my tests I printed a negative on grade 2 on Ilford Multigrade, Arista Edu. Ultra, and Adox MC110. These printed with what I call normal contrast, with a nice full range of tones. The print on the Varycon was very high contrast even with a no. 0 filter (I did use only a red safelight with this paper).

    Ilford filters were used, and I wonder if the Varycon filters would produce a different range.

    I find the sister paper Emaks to be of normal contrast, if not on the soft side.

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    I can print on varycon with no filtration on a difusion enlarger. this is with acros 120 negs souped 1:100 in rodinal....
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    I can print on varycon with no filtration on a difusion enlarger. this is with acros 120 negs souped 1:100 in rodinal....
    If you use no filtration, are you using Varycon as a single grade paper, or can you vary it?
    Last edited by jmcd; 05-30-2010 at 07:57 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    I just went through four boxes of 8x10 and 11x14 in a couple of weeks and had no problems. Bought from Freestyle. It is a beautiful paper, and you can't beat the price. If your negatives are "challenged" though you might want to choose something else.

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    JMCD- I try to target the negatives for a grade 3...and that is what I get with the combo and no filtration. Of course you can vary it...it's a VC paper!!
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    If your negatives are "challenged" though you might want to choose something else.
    For a minute there I thought you meant "something else" like tennis or watching tv. But encouraged by your and Peter's reports of success I switched out my enlarger head, from my Aristo that has a cold blue light to my Beseler condenser with a standard enlarging bulb. Suddenly, a gorgeous print with a normal grade filter. If someone else is getting a full range of contrast with a blue light (that does work with many other vc papers) I will have to continue searching for another explanation. Otherwise, problems solved and the paper looks great.

    Of course you can vary it...it's a VC paper!!
    Okay, just checking. VARY(able) CON(trast)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmcd View Post
    For a minute there I thought you meant "something else" like tennis or watching tv. But encouraged by your and Peter's reports of success I switched out my enlarger head, from my Aristo that has a cold blue light to my Beseler condenser with a standard enlarging bulb. Suddenly, a gorgeous print with a normal grade filter. If someone else is getting a full range of contrast with a blue light (that does work with many other vc papers) I will have to continue searching for another explanation. Otherwise, problems solved and the paper looks great.


    Okay, just checking. VARY(able) CON(trast)!

    If you prefer to use a diffuse light source, you might want to try a dichroic color head. Then you could control print contrast with the yellow and magenta filters, while still retaining the qualities of a diffusion enlarger.
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    Can I get a clarification here: Fotokemika Varycon == ADOX Vario Classic? I was under the impression they were different papers.
    Stop worrying about grain, resolution, sharpness, and everything else that doesn't have a damn thing to do with substance.

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    Varicon is the continuation of Dupont Varilour and sometimes shows a similar characteristic,that is migration of silver to the surface which can show an unusual surface effect when viewed at an angle
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    I've been using F-kemika VC FB (8x10, 11x14) for the last year or so on all manner of negatives--flat, contrasty and everything in between. Great results with split grade printing (00 and 5 filters), mediocre results with no filtration. Also, FB has been worlds better than the RC.

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