[pure-silver] Re: VC printing equipment Was: Replacement for Bromofort paper;

Well, after a round of several prints that I had to fight to get to the 
right contrast using my cold lite head and fixed grade paper and adjusting 
developer and development time, I decided to try VC. In January, I'll take 
ownership of a Super Chromega Dichro II head to put on my D2. It cost me 
about the same as converting my non-VC lamp to a V54 lamp.

Some things I should have thought about before:

1. I use a Thomas Safelight now and with fixed grade papers I don't have to 
worry about fog... should I worry about VC papers under a Thomas?

2. I know I can test, but can anyone give me a hint on which filtration will 
best match what I have today in my cold lite lamp? Is that 0Y/0M?

3. Are VC papers as sensitive to different developers as fixed graded 
papers? I use Ansco 130 (softest), Ansco 120 (normal), and Beers for added 
hardness. Again, I know I can calibrate my new Dichro for each 
paper:developer combination, but should I expect to need to?

4. Can anyone recommend an especially long scale VC FB paper? I prefer 
neutral tone. I typically print to a scale close to 1.8-2.0 today.

Thanks for any advice!

Happy holidays, everyone.

J.R. Stewart / Leesburg VA


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "J. Stewart" <jrstewart@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <pure-silver@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, September 18, 2004 9:23 AM
Subject: VC printing equipment Was: Replacement for Bromofort paper;


> 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
>>
>>
>>
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