There are a number of reasons besides what Ralph suggested. Here are a few: 1. Manufacturers don't want to make graded papers any more. They might make some hold overs but I suspect they will be on the chopping block soon or reduced down to the most popular grade. 2. Since VC papers are sold in large volumes, manufacturers will coat them more frequently. Thus they should be fresher than graded papers that are coated say ...once a year. 3. Again since VC papers are sold in large volumes, manufacturers are willing to invest in them and will put the latest technology systems in them and update their characteristics or make improved versions from time to time. 4. Unless you use all your graded papers a lot it is most likely your 2 grade papers will be used the most and the others will get old on the shelf. 5. VC papers will give almost any contrast you want. You can get grades in between the whole numbers with dichroic filters (or use the filters under the lens in combinations). 6. Your ability to get the full range of contrasts the VC paper is capable of providing depends on your filters and your enlarger. For example, I have a color head enlarger but maximum magenta or maximum yellow will not give me the highest or lowest contrast. So until I can find a better head I use filters under the lens. And it makes a difference what manufacturers filters you use. Testing your equipment as Ralph suggests is a must. Dave ----- Original Message ----- From: "DarkroomMagic" <info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: "PureSilverNew" <pure-silver@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Saturday, September 18, 2004 8:34 AM Subject: [pure-silver] Re: VC printing equipment Was: Replacement for Bromofort paper; > I prefer a color head to do VC enlarging, but your cold light head in > combination with under-the-lens filters would work fine without a major > investment. You need to test the quality difference and see if you can live > with it. However, the ability of getting several contrasts within the same > sheet of paper is an unbeatable creativity increase. IMHO, modern FB-VC > papers are of supreme quality with bright highlights and rich blacks. > > > > > > Regards > > > > Ralph W. Lambrecht > > > > > On 9/18/04 4:23 PM, "J. Stewart" <jrstewart@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > > > I've been wondering lately whether I ought to go the route of converting to > > variable contrast. I used VC years ago, using filters (not a color head). > > I'm a bit reluctant to return.. the quality in those days wasn't near the > > quality of graded papers. Has that changed in the last 10 years or so? .... > > I know a lot of really good photographers are using VC. Plus, I think I'd > > like the ability to do split grade printing, and I sometimes like softer > > papers than anyone can get in a graded form. > > > > I have a 4x5 D2 with cold lite head as my main enlarger.. standard light > > source (i.e., not the VC). Would it be a major investment to equip myself > > with the gear to use VC? > > > > Jim > > > > ----- Original Message ----- > > From: <XRadar@xxxxxxx> > > To: <pure-silver@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > > Sent: Saturday, September 18, 2004 8:04 AM > > Subject: [pure-silver] Re: Replacement for Bromofort paper > > > > > >> In a message dated 9/17/04 10:09:12 PM Central Daylight Time, > >> jrstewart@xxxxxxxxxxxx writes: > >>> Can anyone recommend a close replacement for Bromofort graded fiber base > >>> paper? > >> > >> Have you tried Bergger graded paper? Not much choice for graded. Ilford > >> Gallerie, Oriental Seagull and the Bergger for cold tone. Probably some > > that I > >> haven't seen. Guess I'm contributing to the decline as I'm using mostly > > VC > >> now. Just so much easier and easy to keep fresh supply. But still have a > > lot of > >> the old Seagull #1 in the freezer for the right image. > >> Chuck > >> > >> > >> > > ============================================================================ > > ================================= > >> To unsubscribe from this list, go to www.freelists.org and logon to your > > account (the same e-mail address and password you set-up when you > > subscribed,) and unsubscribe from there. > >> > > > > ============================================================================ == > > =============================== > > To unsubscribe from this list, go to www.freelists.org and logon to your > > account (the same e-mail address and password you set-up when you subscribed,) > > and unsubscribe from there. > > ============================================================================ ================================= > To unsubscribe from this list, go to www.freelists.org and logon to your account (the same e-mail address and password you set-up when you subscribed,) and unsubscribe from there. ============================================================================================================= To unsubscribe from this list, go to www.freelists.org and logon to your account (the same e-mail address and password you set-up when you subscribed,) and unsubscribe from there.