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Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5"

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Ilford Multigrade Filter Set 3.5x3.5"

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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 26 reviews)

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Pros

  • Compact (16)
  • Consistent reactions (12)
  • Easily cleaned (7)

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    Best Uses

    • Enlarging (15)
    • Printing (15)
    • Photography (10)
    • Developing (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (11), Casual photographer (5), Photography student (4)
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    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

    Works great

    By moogle310

    from Houston, TX

    About Me Photography Student

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    • Compact

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      • Printing

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

      Bought these for a beginner's photography. Had to cut them to size, but I knew that when buying it. Works great, well organized.

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      5.0

      Excellent Product

      By Enzo

      from Miami, FL

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      • Easily Cleaned

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

        Ilford quality. I've been using these filters on MGIV with excellent results. Easy to use and clean.

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        5.0

        Perfect for easy contrast control

        By Brian

        from SoCal

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        • Compact
        • Labeled

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

          Just like it says on the tin, these filters allow full access to Ilford MG paper's contrast levels, and the equal filter factors (or just doubled on 4, 4.5, and 5) make exposure a breeze—no need to recalculate if you just want to bump contrast up or down a tad. I'm very happy with these.

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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

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                • Compact

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

                    works great

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                    5.0

                    Great Product!

                    By Em

                    from Baton Rouge, LA

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                    • Compact
                    • Consistent Reactions
                    • Easily Cleaned

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

                      Works great!

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                      5.0

                      Darkroom essential

                      By Jkporter

                      from Cushing, ok

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      • Compact
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                        • Enlarging
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                        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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                        4.0

                        Good Basics

                        By Claire Anna

                        from Galesburg, IL

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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

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

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                          • 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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                                5.0

                                Comprehensive set.Good for the classroom

                                By gioslats

                                from Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada

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                                  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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                                      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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                                      5.0

                                      "Necessary And Useful"

                                      By Greg

                                      from Ohio

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                                        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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                                        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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                                                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
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                                                  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

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                                                  • 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

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                                                  • Compact
                                                  • Consistent Reactions
                                                  • Easily Cleaned

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                                                    • Enlarging
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                                                    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.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Just what I asked for

                                                    By Janet

                                                    from Hawthorne, New York

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                                                    • Compact

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                                                      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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                                                      • Compact
                                                      • Easily Cleaned

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                                                        • Developing
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                                                        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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