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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?
    "My forumla for successful printing remains ordinary chemicals, an ordinary enlarger, music, a bottle of scotch - and stubbornness." W. Eugene Smith

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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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    Re: Paper For Contact Printing

    I'll revive this thread...

    I'm interested in Adox Lupex paper. Can anyone comment on it? What's the tone / tint and texture like? How does it compare to Azo / Lodima? I see the latter is mostly out of stock, and with Michael's passing do you think they will make anymore?

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    Re: Paper For Contact Printing

    Quote Originally Posted by Thom Bennett View Post
    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.
    To that list I'll throw in handmade silver chloride paper (and chloride-bromide paper), arguably the newest "alt" process. However. I'll also second the suggestion of contact printing on Ilford Multigrade. Flexible, easy, and lovely.
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    Re: Paper For Contact Printing

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim V View Post
    ....I'm interested in Adox Lupex paper....What's the tone / tint and texture like?...
    I've processed it only in ADOX MCC Developer. The tone was extremely neutral with only a very, very slight hint of green that is readily eliminated by slight selenium toning. As for texture, every darkroom paper manufacturer seems to purchase the same fiber base from Schoeller, so all glossy papers today are essentially identical in terms of texture. If you've seen glossy Multigrade Classic or MCC 110, you've seen the texture of LUPEX.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim V View Post
    ...How does it compare to Azo / Lodima?...
    Azo in its final incarnation was single weight, exhibited color that could be varied widely using different developers and had a somewhat less textured surface. My only experience with Lodima involved early production that flaked off the base quite a bit, so I didn't pursue it beyond that. Others have reported substantial batch to batch variations in subsequent runs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim V View Post
    ...with Michael's passing do you think they will make anymore?
    I've no idea. Perhaps you could contact Paula for a definitive answer.

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