Ilford Multigrade FB Classic Paper (Glossy, 8 x 10", 100 Sheets)

Ilford Multigrade FB Classic Paper (Glossy, 8 x 10", 100 Sheets)

Ilford Multigrade FB Classic Paper (Glossy, 8 x 10", 100 Sheets)

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  • For Traditional Black & White Printing
  • Baryta-Coated Fiber Base
  • Delivers Seven Full Grades of Contrast
  • Double Weight, 255 gsm
  • Neutral Color, White Base Tint
  • Responds Well to Toning
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Ilford 1171983 overview

  • 1Description

This 100-sheet pack of 8 x 10" Multigrade FB Classic Variable Contrast Paper from Ilford is a baryta-coated fiber base paper with a glossy finish designed for traditional black & white photo printing. This paper features a double weight of 255 gsm and a white base tint providing neutral colors. Additionally, it is variable contrast paper with seven full grades of contrast available. These grades are accessible with the use of speed-matched filters.

Multigrade FB Classic is designed for use with all enlargers and is equally suitable for printing from conventional negatives and from XP2 Super negatives. Safelights are recommended to have dark orange, dark brown, or red filters and a 15 W bulb.

UPC: 019498171987
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Ilford 1171983 specs

Paper Type Negative
Base Type Fiber Base / Double Weight
Basis Weight 255 gsm
Surface Finish Glossy
Contrast Multigrade
Tone Neutral
Paper Handling Brown, Red, Orange Filter (15 W Bulb)
Quantity 100 Sheets
Width 8" / 20.3 cm
Length 10" / 25.4 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight 3.95 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.8 x 8.7 x 1.4"

Ilford 1171983 reviews

Multigrade FB Classic Paper (Glossy, 8 x 10", 100 Sheets) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 49.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent paper! I am printing a variety of negatives for an upcoming show and the image quality on this paper is excellent. Using an Aristo Variable Contrast cold light head I am able to pull every tone out of the negs. Burning and dodging is kept to a minimum. It is a nice, silvery, cool tone paper but in Selenium 1:3 and it even tones very nicely; starts to warm up the shadows. I tried Gold Toning on top of that but didnt see any significant change so you may need the Warm Tone version to get true split toning.
Date published: 2018-11-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to use after years with Kodak paper. I'm grateful to have Ilford Multigrade FB Classic as an alternative variable contrast paper since Kodak stopped producing paper. Ilford responds predictably and repeatably to variable contrast filtration. The paper doesn't reproduce fine negative detail crisply compared to the former Kodak equivalent, however. Also, I've not been able to dry Ilford prints flat, after trying multiple drying and flattening techniques. I'm looking for a paper without those faults.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Mystique of Memory This paper will metamorphose your existence. Think I'm joking? You may not understand the splendor of fiber base paper presently, but you will, oh you will. Yes it is expensive. Yes you have to keep reminding yourself to keep the magic away from light until the proper time. Yes it is not in fact an eternal supply and you will have to invest in more. But is it worth it? Absolutely. The allure of this Multigrade FB Classic Gloss Variable Contrast Paper is not in the exorbitant price tag which seems to imply a decadence known only by those who partied with Jay Gatsby, but within the promise of recollection. The beauty of film photography is the pure distillation of a moment. Even more so than digital photography because once you take a photograph on film it hangs suspended in time until it's development. This Multigrade FB Classic Gloss Variable Contrast Paper is the vehicle by which these suspended moments are brought into reality. It is an essential component in documenting the world we live in. Buy the paper. Your photographs will thank you, not literally of course my dear friend, but in an esoteric way that only someone truly bonded to their work can understand. So my fellow man, go out into the world bold to take life by the horns, then pause to find the humility to step back and say I will save this moment and share it with mankind. And by buying this paper you will know that you have the premier tools to accomplish this indispensable feat.
Date published: 2014-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The only photo paper I use I am a college student who has worked with black and white photography since high school. I had never heard of Ilford until I took my college photography classes and had used a different brand, whose name escapes me, until then. The difference was unbelievable. The prints that I get from the paper are always great quality. My only complaint is when I initially take the water off the prints before I lay them to dry, the corners are sensitive and are prone to peeling and ripping. Other than that, Ilford is the only way to go!
Date published: 2014-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does its job This paper does everything it was meant to do. The gloss is nice, and the tones come out really nice as well--never too warm or too cool. The paper has a tendency to curl, but that can easily be fixed in the press. I only wish the box were a little bit bigger, because I had a hard time getting the lid to stay on after removing one or two sheets, and it made me really nervous when taking the box outside of the darkroom! That said, I had no problems with light damage. Overall a great product.
Date published: 2014-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Solid Improvement I typically use warm-tone papers, but have started a project that I want a more neutral look for. I never really cared for Ilford's previous neutral-tone paper, so I thought I'd give the reformulated Classic emulsion a chance. I'm pretty impressed overall. It has nice, rich blacks and a solid tonal range. I've used it in Dektol and found it to be quite versatile.
Date published: 2014-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice paper, worth the price I'll admit this paper is a bit pricey. I was required to purchase this paper for a photography class, and I was tempted to get a cheaper kind instead. However, after seeing the difference in quality I'm glad I spent the extra buck, even though I know very little about film photography.
Date published: 2016-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's all I use! I use the fiber-based paper for everything except my contact sheets. All of my photo materials are from Ilford, they are the way to go. My only issue, which is more an issue of analog photography than it is of the product, is that I have to buy so much so often!
Date published: 2014-03-03
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