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Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5"

B&H # ILFSMG3.53.Q Mfr # 1762628
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Ilford Multigrade Gelatin Filter Set 3.5 x 3.5"

Contrast control with multigrade and variable contrast black & white photographic papers can be achieved in several ways. One of the most widely used ways is through the use multigrade or variable contrast hand filters.

A magenta filter absorbs green light and transmits blue;
A yellow filter absorbs blue light and transmits green.
In this way, high and low contrast images can be made.

Ilford produces twelve Multigrade filters that are numbered 00 - 5 in 1/2 steps, with the lowest filter number corresponding to the softest contrast.

Filters are available in sets of filters 3-1/2 x 3-1/2" (8.9 x 8.9cm) and 6 x 6" (15.2 x 15.2cm ). They can be used above or below the lens and can be cut to fit the enlarger filter drawer.

Filter sizes 12 x 12" (30 x 30cm ) are available to special order. .

Multigrade filters are very easy to use: no complicated calculations are needed when changing from one filter to another. The exposure time for filters 00 - 31/2 is the same; that for filters 4 - 5 is double.

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IlfordMultigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5"
 
4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (14)
  • Consistent reactions (11)
  • Easily cleaned (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Enlarging (13)
    • Printing (12)
    • Photography (9)
    • Developing (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (9), Casual photographer (5), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (12)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good purchase

    I use these filters in my basic photography class. They are very easy to use. Each filter is clearly labeled. I also like how the filters are easily stored and kept in one...Read complete review

    I use these filters in my basic photography class. They are very easy to use. Each filter is clearly labeled. I also like how the filters are easily stored and kept in one box with a "file-type" system.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Simple, effective and good value

    Very simple to work with and easy to keep organised with each filter labeled. These fit my Kaiser 35mm and Bessler medium and large format enlargers perfectly without a need to be cut smaller....Read complete review

    Very simple to work with and easy to keep organised with each filter labeled. These fit my Kaiser 35mm and Bessler medium and large format enlargers perfectly without a need to be cut smaller.

    Just try to keep the enlarger on for the minimum possible time while the filter is in as these do tend to fade quite quickly if exposed for extended periods. For this reason I very much prefer the old Kodak Polymax filter system that attaches below the lens as they cost about about the same. Unfortunately these aren't available any longer and your only other alternative is the much more expensive Ilford set that attaches below the lens.

    If you only print occasionally and want to keep cost down. Get this set. If you spend extended periods in the darkroom and want your gear to last for years, get the more expensive Ilford set. You'll be saving in the long run.

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    5.0

    Good product for cold light enlargers

    By baltotpt

    from Minneapolis area

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          Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

          I use these graded filters with a cold light head. Typical good Ilford product.

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          5.0

          Good stuff

          By Mu

          from Queens, NY

          About Me Photography Student

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          • Compact

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              Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

              works great

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great Product!

              By Em

              from Baton Rouge, LA

              About Me Photography Student

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              Pros

              • Compact
              • Consistent Reactions
              • Easily Cleaned

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                Best Uses

                • Developing
                • Enlarging
                • Photography
                • Printing

                Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

                Works great!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Darkroom essential

                By Jkporter

                from Cushing, ok

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Compact
                • Consistent Reactions

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Enlarging
                  • Photography

                  Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

                  Tired of holding my old, scratched up filters to my lens...so giving these filters a try. Cheaper to buy new filters than the filter adapter for my old Kodak round filters. Nice thing is they stay protected from scratches more by being inside my enlarger...con is you have to slide open the cover to change out. I like the control of light much better and the extended exposure time.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Good Basics

                  By Claire Anna

                  from Galesburg, IL

                  About Me Photography Student

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                  Pros

                  • Compact

                  Cons

                  • Hard to clean

                  Best Uses

                  • Enlarging
                  • Photography
                  • Printing

                  Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

                  These filers are great and I get good results with the multigrade paper. The only problem that I've had is the box they come in and the folder style that holds them isn't very steady, and when it opened in my bag a lot of the filters got scratched and I can't get the scratches off.

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                  5.0

                  work great for me

                  By Regina

                  from Argentina

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easily Cleaned
                  • Good price value
                  • Good sizefit

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Enlarging

                    Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

                    As an amateur photographer I love these filters, they allow me to control contrast on my multigrade paper. Easy to use and store.

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                    5.0

                    Wonderful!

                    By AllyScene

                    from Detroit, Michigan

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                          Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

                          I have been using these for years! I have under-developred film sometimes, my mistake, and these filters can really add some pop to my prints!

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Comprehensive set.Good for the classroom

                          By gioslats

                          from Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

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                          • Consistent Reactions

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                            • Printing

                            Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

                            First time students of black and white photography are able to compensate for poor exposure using these filters. A greater black to white contrast is visibly noticeable

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                            5.0

                            B&H: a great place to buy from!

                            By Lin

                            from Willis, VA

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                                • Enlarging
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                                Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

                                My darkroom is useless without my Ilford filters. With my RC paper, I have fun with my hobby of photography.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                "Necessary And Useful"

                                By Greg

                                from Ohio

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                                • Consistent Reactions

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Enlarging
                                  • Photography
                                  • Printing

                                  Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

                                  These filters are just what I needed to print my negatives on multi-grade papers. The box these come in and the white number labels on the filters add to the ease in organizing and using the filters. The only downside is, as with most filters I've used, they are easily prone to gathering fuzz, dust, and scratches which can show up on the prints.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Multigrade Filters!

                                  By Leslie Jaye

                                  from Houston, TX

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                                        Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

                                        My daughter uses these in her darkroom photography class! They are exactly the filters that her teacher asked her to find. She loves these versatile filters!

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                                        • Yes

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                                        5.0

                                        An Essential Darkroom Item

                                        By b&wfilmguy

                                        from Louisville, KY

                                        About Me Casual Photographer

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                                        • Compact
                                        • Consistent Reactions

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                                          • Enlarging
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                                          Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

                                          I use these filters to adjust the contrast of my prints. They range from #00 to #5, with #00 being the lowest contrast and #5 being the most contrast. For best results, I always start printing with a #2 filter (neutral) and then make adjustments from there. These filters are perfect for a small enlarger such as a Beseler Cadet II (like mine). I highly recommend this product!

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                                          5.0

                                          Very good product. Worked as expected.

                                          By Robert

                                          from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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                                          • Compact
                                          • Consistent Reactions
                                          • Easily Cleaned

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                                            • Enlarging
                                            • Printing

                                            Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

                                            Used it with my Omega C760 6X6 Enlarger with Condenser head. Didn't have to cut the filters to size and produced great B&W prints.

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                                            4.0

                                            Special products for prophecional photog

                                            By Palmer

                                            from Montevideo uruguay

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                                            • Consistent Reactions

                                            Cons

                                            • Bulky

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                                            • Enlarging

                                            Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

                                            we are going to use in a Fotografie school

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                                            5.0

                                            Good purchase

                                            By Erin

                                            from Omaha, NE

                                            About Me Casual Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Compact
                                            • Consistent Reactions
                                            • Easily Cleaned

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Enlarging
                                              • Printing

                                              Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

                                              I use these filters in my basic photography class. They are very easy to use. Each filter is clearly labeled. I also like how the filters are easily stored and kept in one box with a "file-type" system.

                                              Share this review

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              Just what I asked for

                                              By Janet

                                              from Hawthorne, New York

                                              About Me Casual Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Compact

                                              Cons

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                                                • Enlarging

                                                Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

                                                I'm in a photography class, and we always have to wait to get our filters. Now I have my own, and I love it!

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                                                5.0

                                                Good Buy

                                                By daley photo

                                                from Baton Rouge, LA

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                                                Pros

                                                • Compact
                                                • Easily Cleaned

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Developing
                                                  • Photography

                                                  Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

                                                  I'm brand new to developing & printing my own photos. These filters are straightforward and easy to use.

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                                                  3.0

                                                  Simple, effective and good value

                                                  By Jano Myburgh

                                                  from South Africa

                                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                                  Verified Reviewer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Good value
                                                  • Reasonably cheap

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Fades with time

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Printing

                                                  Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

                                                  Very simple to work with and easy to keep organised with each filter labeled. These fit my Kaiser 35mm and Bessler medium and large format enlargers perfectly without a need to be cut smaller.

                                                  Just try to keep the enlarger on for the minimum possible time while the filter is in as these do tend to fade quite quickly if exposed for extended periods. For this reason I very much prefer the old Kodak Polymax filter system that attaches below the lens as they cost about about the same. Unfortunately these aren't available any longer and your only other alternative is the much more expensive Ilford set that attaches below the lens.

                                                  If you only print occasionally and want to keep cost down. Get this set. If you spend extended periods in the darkroom and want your gear to last for years, get the more expensive Ilford set. You'll be saving in the long run.

                                                  Share this review

                                                   
                                                  3.0

                                                  very handy

                                                  By sarah

                                                  from nebraska

                                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Consistent Reactions

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Box could be built better

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Photography
                                                  • Printing

                                                  Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

                                                  very useful for developing pictures just right

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Great Product - easy to use

                                                  By Ash

                                                  from Wilmington, NC

                                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Compact

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Developing
                                                    • Enlarging
                                                    • Printing

                                                    Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5":

                                                    Very easy to use and helpful.

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