By an inner desicion recently I'm in for LF photography. Excuse me for asking but perhaps someone could explain what is characteristic for contact print paper compared to enlarger use paper. How useless/useful is a 'normal' BW paper in contact print use?
The new paper that will replace Azo, which we have named "Lodima Fine Art" (see an announcement on the Azo Forum for the reason(s) for that name), has been coated on the coating machines and we will be testing it as soon as it arrives and as soon as we return home from a four-month trip--and both should happen about the same time. We hope the paper arrives in about two weeks so that we can show prints on it at the APUG Conference in Toronto.
My last printing session I used G2 AZO with M&P's amidol for enlarging paper and also Ilford MC IV. I'm happy to say that the Azo produced deeper blacks than normal and matched to the Ilford I'd say the same. I'm not one for densitometers, I do everything by eye and they seem the same.
I have enlarged with Kentimere and loved it. I just got my summer supply of paper in and I'm hoping to try one of my 8x20's with kentimere and the amidol E.P. developer soon. Since I feel the Kentimere is better that Ilford in Enlarging, I'm hoping the same with contact printing.
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