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    Paper For Contact Printing

    Which papers are recommended for contact printing large format negatives?

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    Re: Paper For Contact Printing

    These are the only traditional silver chloride papers I am aware of. (In the tradition of the papers Weston, etc. printed on.)

    https://www.lodima.org/photographic-paper/

    http://www.adox.de/Photo/lupex-contact-printing-paper/

    Or any of the alt processes i.e. Pt/Pd, cyanotype, kallitype, etc. in which you make the emulsion yourself.

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    Re: Paper For Contact Printing

    Any optical enlarging type paper can be used for contacts.

    If just starting, out buy the cheapest sample RC.

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    Re: Paper For Contact Printing

    I'm happy with my contact prints on simple Ilford RC MGIV and FB Classic, RC is cheap enough to experiment at will.

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    Re: Paper For Contact Printing

    Variable contrast enlarging papers are useful with contact printing because the dodging and burning we might apply under the enlarger is much more difficult with contact prints.

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    Re: Paper For Contact Printing

    Why not start with the Silver Chloride contact printing papers to begin your journey? Might as well get used to handling and processing the papers that should give you the best result.
    Check out http://michaelandpaula.com/mp/Azo_Writings.html and read from a master of contact printing with these papers.

    The process is simple and good results are to be had if you have a workflow that is consistent.

    Good prints can be made with any paper but those made specifically for contact printing do have an edge over the general purpose offerings. Why not take advantage of it at the start?
    I tend to procrastinate on stuff. One of these days I'll do something about it.

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    Re: Paper For Contact Printing

    Adox Lupex is about 2.5 times as expensive per sheet as most other papers, one gets quite a bit more practice out of their money that way.....

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