I need a new paper

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  1. oriecat

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    I have a $50 amazon gift cert and I need some new paper, since I just finished a box this weekend. I want to try more FB. I am not fond of warm tones and gloss (altho I understand FB glossy isn't really, unless you ferrotype it? Is that right?) Was thinking of trying Agfa. I think some of you use it? 111 or 118?

    Thoughts or other suggestions?

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    I've used Agfa 118 a bunch. Love that paper, and I use it for any print I know I'll want to handcolor. It has a bit of tooth to it, which makes it perfect for that technique, but I also know it will not render an image as crisply as, say, Ilford glossy (another fave). The Agfa does tend to curl a LOT, which I know is one of your pet peeves. :wink:

    btw, I'm not sure what you mean by your statement about the FB glossy not being a true glossy. I've only used the Ilford, and it looks glossy to me (and compared to the 118 surface it sure is).
     
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    the agfa is fab. it will render your highlights a bit warmer, though. bergger has a greenish tint to it (quite cool, actually). ilford: i love their film, but dislike most of their papers. oriental seagull is a killer paper that has deep, rich blacks and responds well to post-dev work. luminos is to die for. forte is also a paper that i always keep around.

    it really comes down to what will you be printing.

    ** edit - ferrotype is an alternative process that utilizes iron (ferro)
     
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    You 'glaze' fibre based prints to make them really glossy. You dry them face down on a hot chrome plate. Is not worth the effort because so much can go wrong - and the glaze cracks easy.
    I always preferred Kodak film with Ilford FB paper. It's just personal preferences.
     
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    Yeah, that's what I meant. People on the apug forum have called it ferrotype, I think. Unless I misunderstood.

    Well I gotta look around amazon s'more and see which ones they have, they don't have a great selection, but I will pick something to try out. Thanks :)
     
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    So I decided to try a couple things, all FB:
    25 pk - Agfa 111 glossy 8x10
    25 pk - Bergger CB Semi-Gloss 8x10
    25 pk - Adorama Matte 5x7
     
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    Groovy. Let me know how you like the Agfa 111, I'm real curious.

    I also am interested in the Bergger paper. Is their darkroom paper as outrageously expensive as their inkjet papers? :? I bend over and pay it every time, cause they make gorgeous papers, but have avoided darkroom products so far.
     
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    Yeah it was over $21 for the pack, compared to like $13 for the Agfa pack. :| But it's like free to me so I didn't mind, since the $50 gift cert showed up totally unexpectedly from a forum I frequent for work! :D
     
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    Yow. Well, hurray for gift certificates! :cheer:

    Still not as outrageous as their inkjet papers. They're beautiful papers, look like artist's papers (that's the whole point) but very costly.
     

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