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    Agfa Portriga

    I found two boxes of 16x20 Agfa Portriga in a photo store here in Madison for $35 each. Is this a good deal? I seem to recall this being a good portrait paper.

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    Will;

    I understand it to have been a fine paper. I have an emulsion formula that is purported to be for Portriga in a folder here somewhere. I intend to give it a try someday.

    PE

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    Agfa Portriga is one of the classic great papers.
    I would think it is greyed out though , but worth the chance if you can get your money back if it is nfg.

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    That sounds like a good deal, as long as it's still good. Heck, if that were me, I'd probably buy it.

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    When I emptied out the bix box of everything that has been following my darkroom gear since the 80's, I found that all the Agfa and Kodak papers were dead. The Agfa was fogged, and the Kodak was no longer sensitive to light!

    But Ilford, Kentmere and Oriental were still fine.
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    I think Agfa stopped producing Portirga in the mid to late 80s. I have few sheets of 11X14, some fog, I print dark and then bleach. I think $35 is really very high.

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    I bought some Portriga I while ago (http://www.apug.org/forums/forum37/32983-got-paper-what-now.html) and have so far not have any problems with fogging or anything. What I really like about the paper is the texture and the tonality which makes this my number one choice when it comes to portraits. I would probably by one box, take it home and do some tests and if they are OK buy the other.

    Does anyone know of an available paper that has the same texture?

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    Is it Portriga, or is it Portriga Rapid?
    If you're not taking your camera...there's no reason to travel. --APUG member bgilwee

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    In Europe Portriga was better known as Record rapid, which had a glossy base, and Portriga with a stippled matt base.

    Portriga Rapid was the RC version and came with a glossy or matt base.

    Ian

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    I have a box of Portriga that I picked up at a flea market many years ago. It is slightly fogged, but still useable for most subjects.

    16x20 boxes are probably 10 sheets each - so you would be paying $3.50 per sheet. I would be inclined to buy one box, dash home to test it to see how fogged it is, and if its still useable, then buy the second box.
    Louie

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