Adorama Variable Grade, Black and White Fiber Base Photo Enlarging Paper, 8x10", 100 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.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Consistent reactions (4)
Best Uses:
Printing (4),Developing (3),Enlarging (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photography student (3)

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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Great Paper and Inexpensive

photo 2 student using fiber paper. no one had ilford so I bought adorama and will never buy ilford again... this paper is equivalent and half the price.

Reviewed by 8 customers


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from homewood, il  -  Photo Enthusiast

Paper is ok. could of been packed alittle better. box got damaged and plastic bag that holds paper got a very small pin hole in it. it shows up as a very small black dot on edge of paper


Beautiful tones


from boston  -  Pro Photographer

This is a fantastic paper. It produces beautiful range of tones. It is more cool than Ilford which I like. The price is unbeatable.


Prefer this paper to Ilford


from boston  -  Photography Student

I have been using this paper for over a year now. I prefer the cool tones that it produces to the warmer tones of Ilford Fiber Base. I also feel like I can push it further. It's also more economical than other brands yet maintains quality.


Same quality as Ilford Fibre Base Paper


from Burlington, MA  -  Photography Student

I am photography student. We are advised by our teacher that this Adorama fibre based printing paper has same level quality as the one of Ilford but much cheaper in price. I compare the end result with my classmate's Ilford fibre paper, and found they are about the same. I am very pleased with my purchase.


Excellent price, good results


from Tucson, AZ  -  Photography Student

The price is the best part. Plus, the quality is equal to other similar products.


High performance at inexpensive price


from Chicago, IL  -  Photo Enthusiast

As a college student, cost is always a huge factor. I was first reluctant to buying a cheaper paper, especially because all of my instructors insisted I buy Ilford or other "name brands". In this case, however, I found that the Adorama paper (8x10, fiber, glossy, double weight)performed equally as well as any other similar spec. paper I have worked with.


Paper is awesome... price is a bonus!


from Santa Cruz, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

First, I purchased the RC Pearl Adorama paper as an inexpensive way to enlarge my prints to 5x7, and to decide which I wanted to further enlarge on fiber. I was thrilled with the results of the RC, as it also gives incredible depth (most people couldn't tell which was which when looking at my prints). I would compare the look of this (fiber glossy) when dry to that of the RC Pearl. They are incredibly close on the enlarger settings as well, even when I doubled my size, and almost doubled my time (double the time, minus about 20%), it didn't take much to get the fiber print out. The paper itself has incredible depth, has just a slight bit of warmth, but still great contrast... somewhere between Kentmere and Ilford. In comparison to ease of use, I would put it around Ilford, as Kentmere is a lot more sensitive to contrast adjustments. I selenium toned it once, and it was incredibly sensitive and fast reacting. It headed towards the purple side.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great Paper and Inexpensive


from ny

photo 2 student using fiber paper. no one had ilford so I bought adorama and will never buy ilford again... this paper is equivalent and half the price.


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Ron M  What company manufactures your Adorama brand black and white fiber base photo paper. What paper is it equivolent to?
MARCO P  Hi Adorama, I have no idea who makes the Adorama brand paper, but it's my favorite paper for printing. I took an advanced darkroom class at my local college in 2010, and during the course I took the opportunity to compare photographic papers. I tested seven brands and made two prints with each, and selenium toned one print and left the other untoned. The Adorama paper was the fastest paper, and I slightly preferred its look to Ilford paper, which had been my "neutral" paper standard. It didn't match--in terms of speed or look--any of the other papers so I would guess that it probably wasn't manufactured by any of them, though a manufacturer may vary their paper recipe to sell to another company who will brand the paper as their own. Apart from Adorama and Ilford paper, the other brands I tested were Foma, Varycon, Oriental, and Kentmere; and I can't remember the one other brand. The closest match was to Ilford paper both in look and speed. All the best . . . . Marco Pallotti
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