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    Please diagnose this problem

    Illford Multigrad paper, Detktol developer. Our prints are nothing but varying shades of grey. No amount of exposure seems to help. I've tried filters from 1 to 9 and the problem remains. Using the same setup I tried a print on some old Seagul and it rendered a beautiful image full of wonderful blacks, whites and greys.

    Is it possible the paper is bad? What's going on here?

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    How old is the Ilford?
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    If the only thing different is the paper, I would say you found your problem.

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    The paper's knackered.
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    Emulsion side up, right? Safelight fogging? Have you tested for safelight fogging? What type of safelight and how close?

    Never heard of a grade 9 filter. 00 to 5.5 but never 9.

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    I would take one piece of paper and cut it in half. Develop and fix one piece without exposure (i.e. straight out of the box) and then expose the other piece to white light then develop and fix it (with the lights on for this one if you like).

    If the paper is o.k. you will end up with a white piece and a black piece.

    If you get two grey pieces, something is wrong with it. It is not likely to be the developer as you have had success with the other paper.



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    It's brand new paper. Not to say it hasn't been on the shelf at the store for a while.

    I'm using an amber safelight that's maybe five feet from the enlarger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwyoung
    Emulsion side up, right? Safelight fogging? Have you tested for safelight fogging? What type of safelight and how close?

    Never heard of a grade 9 filter. 00 to 5.5 but never 9.
    I naively figured that a #4 filter + #5 filter equaled a #9. Does it work that way?

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    No, a 4+5 does not equal nine in this application. If you need contrast higher than provided by a number 5 then you need to develop your film much more.

    Retry your Ilford paper with just a number 5. Any difference?
    Claire (Ms Anne Thrope is in the darkroom)

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