I recommend having one standard paper with one or two addition brands when the contrast curve of your standard paper is not adequate. If you are using a stained negative, I understand graded paper is the better choice. Contrast filters tend to reduce the contrast of pyro negs.
I get consistent results using a major branded paper vs re-branded paper selling at a discount. You get what you pay for most of the time. Ilford FB WT is a very nice product but has a creme paper base which may not work for your portfolio or framing. ADOX MPC 310 RC delivers the old Agfa print color and contrast. It has a white base with strong blacks which don't haze. The glossy has a ferrotyped finish and the semi mat is a fiber, silk finish.
I happen to like EMAKS graded, Cachet's premium exhibition paper. Fiber is nicer in the hand, often has better low tone separation, easier to dry mount (does not melt), and arguably more archival.
Last edited by Richard Jepsen; 07-31-2011 at 04:27 PM. Click to view previous post history.