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 >> >> >> > ============================================================================ > ================================= >> 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.