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    Any news on this paper as of 2012? I have to do a 16x20 print from a 4x5 negative for a class assignment and the Fotokemika is probably the cheapest of all the options. Which is very important when you're a college student - hahah. I do realize that you get what you pay for though. Any information would be greatly appreciated!
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    My experience with Varycon runs hot and cold. I think it's a wonderful paper... for portraits. For landscapes and the like it's been awful. The details in shadow areas are very muddy and it doesn't really respond well to VC filtration. Its saving grace is its low price. It's possible that the graded paper is better, but I've never used it.

    Oh, air dry only BTW. Belt/drum style print dryers are out as the prints tend to stick to the cotton belt (in my experience).

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronmichael View Post
    Any news on this paper as of 2012? I have to do a 16x20 print from a 4x5 negative for a class assignment and the Fotokemika is probably the cheapest of all the options. Which is very important when you're a college student - hahah. I do realize that you get what you pay for though. Any information would be greatly appreciated!
    I printed some 4x5 negs onto 16x20 Varycon gloss last year and the results were very good. I was using a colour head and Dektol. Print colour was good and didn't require any toning.

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