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Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters)

B&H # ILFSMG66Q Mfr # 1762640
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Ilford Multigrade Gelatin Filter Set 6 x 6" (12 Filters)

 

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 - 6x6" (12 Filters)
 
5.0

(based on 21 reviews)

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Pros

  • Consistent reactions (15)
  • Compact (11)
  • Easily cleaned (9)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Enlarging (16)
    • Printing (16)
    • Photography (14)
    • Developing (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (6), Photography student (4)
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    5.0

    Perfect filter set for multigrade paper

    By EMnStephen

    from NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Reactions

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Enlarging
    • Photography
    • Printing

    Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

    This is best for between light and negative filtering. Just perfect! Includes its own case.

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    5.0

    great contrast

    By Sacco

    from Atlanta

    About Me Photography Student

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Consistent Reactions
    • Easily Cleaned

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Developing
      • Enlarging
      • Photography
      • Printing

      Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

      these filters are easily cut/altered to fit my filter slide in my enlarger and they do a great job giving clear adjustments to contrast between filter grade.

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      5.0

      Diversity In The Darkroom

      By RexP

      from Oxford, CT

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Reactions
      • Easy to use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Enlarging
        • Printing

        Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

        How do you turn a box of black and white paper into 12 boxes with different contrast? Of course by using variable contrast grade paper and these filters. With Kodak no longer supporting black and white printing other sources must be called into play. There are still many fine black and white papers in Europe and Ilford is one of them. It is just too costly to stock the many different grades of paper needed to produce fine art prints, so these filters are necessary to bring the diversity into the darkroom.

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        5.0

        great filters!

        By hannah

        from va

        About Me Photography Student

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        Pros

        • Compact
        • Consistent Reactions

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Enlarging
          • Printing

          Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

          These filters come in such a convenient booklet that you can take with you in the darkroom. Its a bit pricey but very worth it.

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          5.0

          Good Product

          By Chris

          from Detroit

          About Me Photography Student

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          Pros

          • Compact
          • Consistent Reactions
          • Easily Cleaned

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Developing
            • Enlarging
            • Photography
            • Printing

            Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

            Great product, and good quality. Plus the price here is much better than many other places I was looking into buying from!

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            5.0

            Simply the Gold Standard

            By Tessarman

            from AZ

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            Pros

            • Consistent Reactions

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Enlarging
              • Photography
              • Printing

              Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

              With the demise of Kodak's paper and filters, this is the only game in town...

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              5.0

              Simply the Gold Standard

              By Tessarman

              from AZ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Reactions

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Enlarging
                • Photography
                • Printing

                Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

                With the demise of Kodak's paper and contrast filters, this is the only game in town.

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                5.0

                Fantastic Filters

                By TLW Photography Tomasz Wasik

                from New York, NY

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                • Consistent Reactions
                • Easily Cleaned

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Developing
                  • Photography
                  • Printing

                  Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

                  These filters allowed me to really increase the contrast in my images and help add certain 'greys' to the image that really created a great image. Definitely helped in the darkroom.

                  Good Luck!

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                  5.0

                  Way to get your VC filter above the neg!

                  By Steve

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Variable contrast papers

                    Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

                    -more increments than usual filter sets
                    -cut your filter to your enlarger's filter holder
                    -above-negative filtration for better image quality

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                    5.0

                    Excellent product

                    By Natalee

                    from Brooklyn, NY

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comes with 12 filters
                    • Compact
                    • Easily Cleaned
                    • Easy to use
                    • Portable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Developing
                      • Enlarging
                      • Everything
                      • Photography
                      • Printing

                      Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

                      This product is very important for any development of pictures. The use of the filters, changes the contrast of the negatives of the pictures that were taken, by applying it to a machine that allows the development of pictures to take place. The only problem is that the filter may not fit in the panel its suppose to be inserted in, so cutting it may take place so that you can get a perfect fit. I had to cut a centimeter off one side of the filter. As for everything else, the filter is just perfect.

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                      5.0

                      Worth buying

                      By giles

                      from Cincinnati, Ohio

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Easy to use
                      • Necessary

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Enlarging
                      • Photography
                      • Printing

                      Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

                      Previously I had used the smaller Multigrade filter set that fits under the enlarger lens, however the universal filter holder that holds the filters below the lens is not ideal - it wobbles and falls off all too easily. (If you think about it, it can't be much better as it has to be usable with all, or the majority of, enlargers). Plus the fact that the image from the negative shines through the filters which are almost certainly not optically perfect. Enter the 6x6 filters. These fit between the condenser and negative carrier in the color filter draw and so avoid the problems associated with the under-the-lens set. Thus, if your enlarger has a color filter draw go for the 6x6 filters, otherwise you have no alternative but to use the less user friendly under-the-lens set.
                      My enlarger (Beseler 23C II) takes a 5.5 inch square filter which meant cutting 0.5 inches off two sides of each filter, but this is easy enough to do. My advice is to cut a piece of card of exactly the right size, check its fit in the enlarger, then use it as a template to cut the 6x6 filters down to size.

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                      5.0

                      Sizes

                      By Shah

                      from Newyork new york

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact

                      Cons

                      • Inconsistent Results

                      Best Uses

                      • Enlarging

                      Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

                      If only tgey made these in more than 2 sizes

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                      5.0

                      well made

                      By Thorin

                      from D.C.

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Consistent Reactions
                      • Easily Cleaned

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Developing
                        • Enlarging
                        • Photography
                        • Printing

                        Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

                        does a good job,

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Value

                        By Professor Walt

                        from Westminster, MD

                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                        Pros

                        • No image degradation

                        Cons

                        • Wear cotton gloves

                        Best Uses

                        • Enlarging

                        Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

                        These filters are perfect for controlling image contrast by filtering the light before it passes through a negative, instead of using smaller filters under an enlarger lens.

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                        5.0

                        Works Great!

                        By John

                        from Boston, MA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

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                        • Consistent Reactions

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Developing
                          • Enlarging
                          • Photography
                          • Printing

                          Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

                          I had to get these filters for a black and white photo class that I'm taking and they work great! Its nice how they are separated in the box with tabs and it makes it easy to find the right filter in the darkroom. [...]

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                          5.0

                          awesome!

                          By laura lee

                          from baltimore

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Reactions

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Enlarging

                            Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

                            the best filter there are. hands down

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            EXACTLY

                            By MC

                            from Utah

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                            Pros

                            • Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Developing
                              • Enlarging
                              • Photography

                              Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

                              [...] since this is one of the best filters, they have been working amazingly since I have received them!

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                              5.0

                              None better

                              By Jimmy Jazz

                              from DC

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Consistent Reactions
                              • Easily Cleaned

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Printing

                                Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

                                I ended up getting my own set because the darkroom checkouts are scratched. Every photo student should own a set. Period.

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                                5.0

                                Multigrade Filter Set

                                By Babs

                                from Brooklyn, NY

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Consistent Reactions
                                • Easily Cleaned

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Photography
                                  • Printing

                                  Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

                                  My prints come out so much better. I like the many increments of shading that are available in the pack.

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                                  5.0

                                  I dig it!

                                  By Tammie1619

                                  from New York

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Consistent Reactions
                                  • Easily Cleaned

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Developing
                                    • Photography
                                    • Printing

                                    Comments about Ilford Multigrade Filter Set - 6x6" (12 Filters):

                                    I really like these filters

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