Adorama Variable Grade, Black and White Fiber Base Photo Enlarging Paper, 16" x 20", 50 Sheets, Glossy Surface.

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About Adorama

• Adorama VGFB Gloss is a high speed variable contrast black and white enlarging paper with a double weight fiber base. The use of color filters permits selection of required contrast from a range of grades similar to that of graded papers, with the advantage to the user of reduced paper stock. A neutral image tone and a clean white base combine to give a high quality paper equally suitable for dish processing. The paper gives a consistent image tone across the grades and exhibits good sharpness.
• This paper is designed for use with tungsten or tungsten halogen light sources. Other light sources may give different contrast values. Exposure of the paper is straight forward, depending on which filter system is in use. For Ilford Multigrade filters, grades 00 to 3 have the same speed (ISO P 250) and grades 4 and 5 require approximately twice the exposure. For the filter settings, grades 0 to 4 have the same speed (ISO P 320). Grades 00 and 5 require more exposure (ISO P 250). When no filter is used, the paper has a contrast of approximately grade 2 and a speed of ISO P 640.
• Open only in a darkroom illuminated by safelights Ilford 904 or Kodak OC containing 15W bulbs or equivalent; red safelights may also be used. The safelights should be at least one metre from the paper at all times and good working practice of keeping exposure to safelight at a minimum should be adopted. Unused paper should be returned to its original packaging for storage.

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Adorama Features

  • Suitable for use with Variable Contrast Filters from ILFORD or KODAK or for exposure with Chromogenic filters in color enlargers.
  • Superb full grade range performance, supports grade 0 to grade 5 contrast
  • Can be developed in all standard print paper developers including Adorama, Kodak, Ilford, Photographers' Formulary, Sprint & Zonal Pro.
  • Registered ISO 9001
  • Manufactured with the strictest quality control procedures
  • Ultra high quality packaging and product protection
  • Outstanding batch to batch consistency
  • Neutral base color & excellent tonal rendition
  • Excellent longevity
  • Ultra high quality baryta coated base
  • Coating designed for excellent response to toners, including selenium
  • Full range of sizes

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Reviewed by 3 customers


It's better than you might think


from Texas  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Printed on this paper for various exhibitions and galleries. Pros can't tell the difference between this paper and Brand Name papers. Grew up in Ca. and went to college there. Knew several Famous Art Photograperd. They would be pleased with the image quality

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Almost as good as Ilford


from Newton, MA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this to keep down my costs of printing; I'm very happy with the paper - but I needed to adjust the developing time. It's a little thinner than the paper I previously used and I don't know yet how it will take to toning. But so far, so good - good enough that I also bought a package of 8" by 10" and 11" by 14" paper. Thanks, Adorama.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Almost as good as Ilford and much less!


from Newton, MA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this because Ilford paper has gotten very expensive and a friend recommended it. I had to make some adjustment in development time (25% shorter) but I'm very pleased with the paper. I just ordered a box of 8" by 10" and one of 11" by 14".

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