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    Print contrast issue

    I have a negative I made in the 80s and printed several times in the past with good results when printing with a #5 filter. I haven't printed it in a few years and attempted to print it recently but can not get the same contrast I did before. Is there a paper that might give me more contrast
    then Ilford Classic? I have printed it on Ilford paper before when it was MGFB paper. I have thought of trying to intensify the negative but worry about damaging the negative.

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    Re: Print contrast issue

    I'd try a new set ofMC filters before anything else. They do fade over time.

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    Re: Print contrast issue

    I'll give that a try thanks

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    Re: Print contrast issue

    If you decide to intensify, and if the negative has enough meat to it, selenium toning is safe. Soak bath, tone 1:4 to completion, rinse, HCA, wash.

    But good luck in printing!
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    Re: Print contrast issue

    Quote Originally Posted by bill2424 View Post
    I have a negative I made in the 80s and printed several times in the past with good results when printing with a #5 filter. I haven't printed it in a few years and attempted to print it recently but can not get the same contrast I did before. Is there a paper that might give me more contrast
    then Ilford Classic? I have printed it on Ilford paper before when it was MGFB paper. I have thought of trying to intensify the negative but worry about damaging the negative.
    Same enlarger (a diffusion head won't give you as much contrast as a condenser), darkroom, safelights, developer?

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    Re: Print contrast issue

    I never tried it myself, but in several posts here and on photrio on the topic of printing soft negatives it is suggested to use a #47 blue filter to achieve the maximum possible contrast.

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    Re: Print contrast issue

    If your #5 filter is working correctly and you can't get enough contrast - try bergger CN with Ansco 130 developer 1:1. Also try your developer at different temperatures or dilutions, longer exposure/development, or maybe a different developer.
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    Re: Print contrast issue

    Old paper developer? Old paper?

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    Re: Print contrast issue

    made in the 80s and printed several times in the past
    As far as I know the current #5 Ilford filter for the contemporary Ilford MG paper is different than the #5 filter from the 1980s. The new 4 and 5 filters look 'salmon' color.



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    Re: Print contrast issue

    MGWT will achieve a deeper DMax than Classic, so that could be a factor.

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