I was going to throw out some of the old papers that were cluttering up my darkroom, but decided to run a few tests before I did something drastic. After all, some of those boxes have been with me since the heyday of duffel coats...

SO, I mixed up a new batch of developer (AGFA 100) and fix (AGFA 304), put my Stouffer 21-step scale in the Durst, hefted my trusty old Ilford EM-10 darkroom meter, and started printing...

My first surprise was how many different papers I actually had. The second surprise was how well they have survived several years in room temperature. The third surprise was how completely and utterly the dead ones are - dead.

I now have a table of exposures (scale steps) for min, mid and max density for 23 different papers and paper/filter combinations, as well as (fourth surprise&#33 some 25 years old Kodak Graphic Arts film which has a beautiful smooth gradation - not graphic at all...

All right, so I threw out something. A near-empty box of 9x12cm Tetenal TT Vario...