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    Printing color negatives as B&W

    Anybody do this regularly?
    Are you happy with the results?

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    For this to work i guess you should have panchromatic paper. Does that even exist? You'll loose all red details otherwise.
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    Ilford Galerie Digital Silver, panchromatic or very near-panchromatic FB and RC papers from Harman.

    https://www.focusnordic.dk/Product/ILF-DIG-SILV

    https://www.focusnordic.dk/Product/4421170960

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    my students do it all the time, times will be longer and contrast needs to be in the grade 4 range
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    You will find that the grain is MASSIVE. Even on fine grained colour 100iso film B&W film of the same sped will beat it hands down, I think it may be something to do with the red dyes not being recognised on B&W paqper

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    My aunt is a professional portrait photographer. Toward the end of her film path, when digital was starting to pick up, she would use chromogenic C-41 film for some of her personal/family stuff she still wanted to print in the darkroom. I have her enlarger now, and she told me if I wanted to do it, the exposure time is almost doubled, and increase the contrast filter to around 3 or 4 on Ilford paper.

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    Kodak used to make a paper for this purpose. It was supposed to be processed in EP-2 (or it's RA-4 now). They don't make it any more.

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    You should not use VC papers with color negatives as the contrast varies with the color and can give some odd results.

    Kodak made a B&W panchromatic paper that was processed as a normal B&W paper in Dektol or something similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chan Tran View Post
    Kodak used to make a paper for this purpose. It was supposed to be processed in EP-2 (or it's RA-4 now). They don't make it any more.

    If I remember correctly, Kodak made a B&W color dye paper in the '70s - it was a special purpose paper designed for things like ID cards (and such) that needed B&W images.

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    Maybe I was lucky(in the sense of using VC paper and maybe having no reds in the neg) but I was very pleased with the results. They were 1970s colour negs and had suffered but the B&W prints were very good. Not what you'd get with a B&W neg of course and if B&W is your thing then go for B&W but if you want prints from old colour negs that may be fading or simply want to have the occasional B&W prints then the results in my experience aren't bad

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