With Lodima silver chloride paper, which has a very long straight line and very little toe and shoulder, only about 20% of the dodging and burning that one would do on enlarging paper is necessary. And masking, with all of the work involved, is almost never (as in maybe once in ten years) necessary. Why anyone would use enlarging paper on which to make contact prints remains a mystery to me. And it would remain a mystery even if we had not made the new paper. I think anyone who does not make contact prints on contact printing paper is setting themselves up for a lot of unnecessary work, but hey, to each his (or her) own.
Just yesterday we received this email:
"I've printed a few 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 negatives on samples of the pre-production Lodima paper. My oh my what grand results. I could not achieve a satisfactory print with some of my negatives contact printed on my usual enlarging paper; however, they printed easily on Lodima. I am eagerly awaiting the new paper."
Michael A. Smith