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Old 10th February 2017, 07:57 AM
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Ilford also make a convenient A4 size RC paper which allows you to print almost all of the neg off a 35mm film without loosing too much image area. With 10x8 you will loose approx 1/3rd of the neg area unless you print to fit the paper which means you then waste paper area,

The LPL6600 is a damn good enlarger. I much prefer to use the colour filters rather than individual multigrade contrast filters. The individual filters are known to fade over time and may not give the correct grade, but the dichroic ones in the enlarger head don't fade at all.

Additionally you will have to mount the individual filters below the lens which introduces another surface that can under some circumstances degrade the image.

Using the infinitely variable filtration can help you to tweek the contrast. Also with each pack of Ilford paper they give lists for the filtration for enlargers with Kodak and Durst filtration. The LPL uses the Kodak settings.

They also give another list where you use two filters together (yellow and magenta) These are used to give equal exposure times for all grades between 1 and 4. The exposure times for grades below or above those need to be re-assessed.
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Old 10th February 2017, 09:38 AM
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The help everyone has contributed is much appreciated. Ill take all on board and should be able to start printing next week so ill do a bit of an update then...... to give me an idea of how I can improve and progress.

Once again thanks all.
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Old 10th February 2017, 06:46 PM
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The cut-off can be used for test strips to judge the exposure time. Of course they need to be cut off before exposure... A cutting machine (either roller or blade) is your friend. One of the best investments in the darkroom.
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Old 11th February 2017, 04:56 PM
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Over the past 30 years I've settled on 16x12 as my main paper size, I do buy larger as well.

16x12 cuts down nicely to 12 x8 which is perfect for 35mm or 6x9 negatives.

All darkrooms need a good Rotatrim trimmer, the better ones are great for cutting mat board as well.

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Old 11th February 2017, 06:52 PM
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Over the past 30 years I've settled on 16x12 as my main paper size, I do buy larger as well.

16x12 cuts down nicely to 12 x8 which is perfect for 35mm or 6x9 negatives.

All darkrooms need a good Rotatrim trimmer, the better ones are great for cutting mat board as well.

Ian
I will go along with that too. It may work out a bit cheaper as well, buying boxes of 12x16 is pro rate size for size, usually less expensive. My original preference used to be 9.5x12 but they don't have the impact as a 12x16
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Old 11th February 2017, 07:03 PM
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Why do people keep repeating what I said in post no.6 ?

Did I type too quietly?

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