VC Select...Medium-Weight Resin-Coated Variable Contrast Bromide-iodide Paper...
Compatible with Ilford MG Filters grades 00-5, offering commercial and creative printers a premium quality, high speed, variable contrast resin coated paper, VC Select gives the busy professional printer a high-quality alternative - superb image rendition on a high-speed emulsion one stop faster than most. By cutting exposure times by 50%, VC Select can significantly reduce valuable production time.
Deep, rich, neutral blacks, excellent tonal separation and crisp whites characterize this paper. VC Select offers image excellence, high emulsion speed,cool, crisp, sparkling prints backed by the quality and consistency of an ISO 9002 accredited manufacturer. Available in Glossy and Fine Lustre surfaces.
Reviewed by 2 customers
I had a pack of this paper when I used an old Condensor enlarger, and things were too contrasty and times were very quick. Using a color head, times are reasonable, and )0Y0M yields about what Ilford MGIV does with a number 3 below. However, whites are definitely whiter, and blacks seem deeper and the paper has a slightly colder tone. Overall, it seems to have a bit more range than Ilford, which complements the increased contrast very nicely. Not a great beginner paper, though, especially in this size. at f/16 with 40CCs of neutral density dialed in to my color head, my print times are usually centered around 8 seconds for a negative of normal density. I usually do test strips in with a sequence of 6,6.5,7,7.5, and 8 seconds to really dial in print time. With an old analog timer, this precision would be impossible. Excited to try this paper in larger sizes- Given my calculations I should be seeing excellent 12-15 second print times at a sharper f/8 and a little more neutral density. Split grade printing works great with this paper, too. Overall, it's my favorite paper for landscapes with a lot of dynamic range that need some extra punch. This paper definitely delivers that, and for those shots looks much nicer than Ilford.
Surprised at the quality of this product for the price. I have been processing black and white film/prints for 40 years and worked as a custom printer for numerous years and this product works very well for any standard use very happy with it as a first time buyer of it! Would highly recomend for student and daily use