Oriental Seagull Select VC-FBII Paper (Glossy, 11 x 14", 25 Sheets)

Oriental Seagull Select VC-FBII Paper (Glossy, 11 x 14", 25 Sheets)

Oriental Seagull Select VC-FBII Paper (Glossy, 11 x 14", 25 Sheets)

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  • For Traditional Black & White Printing
  • Baryta-Coated Fiber Base
  • Delivers Contrast Range from #0 to #5
  • Double Weight
  • Cool Tone, Bright White Base Tint
  • Responds Well to Toning
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Oriental 18-FVC11X14-25 overview

  • 1Description

This 25-sheet pack of 11 x 14" Seagull Select VC-FBII Paper from Oriental is a baryta-coated fiber base paper with a smooth glossy finish designed for traditional black & white photo printing. Its variable contrast designation permits working with multigrade filters, from #0 to #5, to adjust contrast to suit printing with different negative densities. The paper has a double weight bright white base and produces a cool tone image characterized by stark black and pure white values. It also responds well to various toning processes to heighten its archival stability or to adjust the print tone.

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Oriental 18-FVC11X14-25 specs

Paper Type Negative
Base Type Fiber Base / Double Weight
Surface Finish Glossy
Contrast Multigrade
Tone Cool
Exposure Latitude R40 - R180
ISO P100 - P500
Paper Handling Amber, Brown Filter (15 W Bulb)
Quantity 25 Sheets
Width 11" / 27.94 cm
Length 14" / 35.56 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.3 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.0 x 12.4 x 0.5"

Oriental 18-FVC11X14-25 reviews

Seagull Select VC-FBII Paper (Glossy, 11 x 14", 25 Sheets) is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cheap *and* good! As a student, I buy Oriental Seagull because it's among the cheapest fibre based darkroom paper. That said, it's awfully nice. It has a great range of tones, and the cool toned paper has really bright whites. The response to contrast filters is amazing - on some papers, it can be hard to see the difference between, say, a #3 and a #3 1/2 filter, but on Seagull you can definitely tell. It warps a little when it gets wet, but that's par for the course for fibre based paper. All in all, this paper is pretty great - I've printed on more expensive papers, and I honestly don't like some of them as much as I like Oriental.
Date published: 2012-05-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good; FAST; Fussy, Yellow-intolerant I print 11x14'S from full-size digital negatives, heretofore using Ilford Warmtone, and wanted to try Seagull: it's cheaper. By comparison, the Seagull is significantly faster (much shorter exposure time) and has a much-narrower exposure latitude (on my system, 8.5 seconds is a bit light and 11 a bit too dark). And the Seagull is completely intolerant of any yellow light in the darkroom: it took me some time to figure that out. Once you dial it in, the Seagull does a nice job with good blacks and detailed highlights. Still, considering the amount of paper I burned getting it dialed in, the savings may be illusory.
Date published: 2014-07-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointed! Fiber print paper in poor condition... I am outraged! I bought 3 boxes of paper and the paper was veiled. I made the claim, I managed to make the change and once again all the paper was veiled! I needed to make many copies in the dark room with Oriental Paper. Also I had great enthusiasm using the paper and finish my portfolio. I don't know if it's a problem of Oriental or a B&H problem. On the same day and with the same chemicals I made copies with ILFORD paper and they were excellent. I am sure that the developer, stop bath and fixer were in perfect condition. Today I again made the complaint at the store and hope to respond accordingly.
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Paper This paper is perfect for Black and White printing. The cold tone allows the true color of the photograph to show through and the ease of development renders crisp images- even for the beginning dark room photographer. I greatly enjoyed both learning and teaching on this paper. When I purchased it, B and H was the only photography outlet in town carrying it. Thanks B and H!
Date published: 2010-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As Good as Ilford I've been using Ilford and thought I'd try Seagull as a lower-cost alternate. Seagull is now my go-to paper. Deep blacks and crisp whites, and fast. It likes about 2 minutes 30 seconds in a 1+2 D76 tray: much more than that and it overdevelops, but that clears up well in an ammonium fix. Being fast, exposure time is fussy: a second more or less is quite noticeable. I get best results with a higher-contrast negative. All-in-all, this is a great paper at a great price.
Date published: 2014-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bargain paper I bought this because I needed 11x14 paper for a photography class and I wanted to get something a little cheaper than my usual Ilford. Suffice to say it works every bit as well, and I would certainly buy Oriental paper again. Its contrast handling was slightly different than Ilford's but nothing a few test strips couldn't cure. Highly satisfied.
Date published: 2008-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oriental double weight 11x14 paper order This paper is excellent. I have used Bergger paper for many years, but since it has been recoated by Ilford, the quality is not the same. I am trying to find a new paper to print on. Of the papers I have tried so far, the Oriental is the best
Date published: 2008-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seagull VC-FB DW 11x14 glossy I am a photo student and we had to do a paper test in my class. I highly recommend this paper to anyone working in the darkroom because the contrasts between black and white are very pure.
Date published: 2010-03-22
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