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    Reg :- What paper do you prefer for 8x10 contact printing

    Hi,

    I have been doing silver gelatin printing in darkroom for sometime now using Ilford Multigrade papers. However, recently I am quite interested in making contact prints from 8x10 negatives.
    I do have access to enlargers and hence feel comfortable using contrast filters and Ilford's papers.
    But since i am so very knew to darkroom stuffs, wanna know what paper do you guys prefer for contact printing ?

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    I use the same paper for everything. If you don't want to relearn a new paper, stick with what you know. If you have $$$ and wanna try Lodima, go to michaelandpaula.com
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    Ilford Art300 is a great contact paper for some 8x10 soft focus subjects. Fomatone 131 is pretty nice too.

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    I use the same paper I would use for an enlargement. You are in for a real treat. 8x10 contacts are just delicious.

    I am going to try some Lodima soon which will mean doing a bit of calibration.

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    Hi, thanks all of you for the suggestions.

    So, if I do continue to use my Ilford RC and FB papers for contact printing, is it possible to do dodging and burning the way you would do in an enlargement. I believe the base exposure will be pretty small and hence dodging and burning might become difficult.

    What are your thoughts and do you guys do dodging and burning manipulation during contact printing...

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    yes, I do dodging and burning. It's not as easy but doable. If you're exposures are too short, use a smaller bulb, move the light source further away, or just stop the lens down if you're using your enlarger (no reason why you shouldn't).
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    The most easily available contact-paper over in Europe is Fomalux. I have no idea if that is also sold in North America.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MartinP View Post
    The most easily available contact-paper over in Europe is Fomalux. I have no idea if that is also sold in North America.
    I hope to be making contact prints soon and this looks like good paper for the job. How does it perform if developed with Amidol?

    RR

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    I use Azo and Lodima....
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