Ilford Harman Direct Positive Fiber Based (FB) Paper (Glossy, 4 x 5", 25 Sheets)

Ilford Harman Direct Positive Fiber Based (FB) Paper (Glossy, 4 x 5", 25 Sheets)

Ilford Harman Direct Positive Fiber Based (FB) Paper (Glossy, 4 x 5", 25 Sheets)

B&H # ILDPF4525G MFR # 1171158

Product Highlights

  • 'Positive' Paper-No Need For a Negative
  • Fiber Baryta Base
  • 225 gsm
  • Genuine Silver Gelatine Photo Paper
  • Fixed Grade, High Contrast
  • Slow ISO Speed (Around ISO 3)
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Size: 4 x 5"

24" x 66'

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4 x 5" 5 x 7"


11 x 14"

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16 x 20"


Surface Finish: Glossy

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This is a 25-sheet box of 4 x 5" Direct Positive Fiber Based (FB) Paper from Harman. It is a fun paper that can be used for many purposes. For the pinhole enthusiast, this paper is the answer to achieving a finished, positive print without the need of a traditional negative or inter-negative. This paper can also be used in large format photography or even when cut into small sheets for LOMO-type cameras.

As a creative tool, Direct Positive Paper can be used in the creation of interesting photograms of everyday items. Just cut it up into whatever size you need and you're ready to make an exposure. Finally, you can also use this paper as a traditional printing paper using a negative.

Multiple use paper for everything from pinhole to large format and LOMO photography
Does not require the need for a negative
Fully compatible with conventional black and white paper processing chemistry
Available in a glossy surface (comparable to Ilford Multigrade IV RC Glossy) and a Luster surface (comparable to Ilford Multigrade IV RC Pearl)
Fixed grade, high contrast paper (similar to Ilford Multigrade grade 3.5 - 4), but still capable of generating good tonal gradations when 'pre-flashed' during exposure stages
UPC: 019498165252
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Paper Type Positive (Reversal)
Base Type Fiber Base / Medium Weight
Basis Weight 225 gsm
Surface Finish Glossy
Contrast Multigrade
Tone Neutral
Paper Handling Red Filter (15 W Bulb)
Quantity 25 Sheets
Width 4" / 10.2 cm
Length 5" / 12.7 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.35 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.6 x 4.7 x 0.7"
Harman Direct Positive Fiber Based (FB) Paper (Glossy, 4 x 5", 25 Sheets) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to use with a 4x5 film holder The paper fits exactly in a 4x5 film holder, there was no need to cut anything. I rated it at 3 ISO and the exposure was correct. I developed with Ilford Multigrade, for one minute. After the stop bath and a one minute fix (Ilford Rapid Fixer), I washed it for 3 minutes in Kodak HCA and for 30 minutes in water. The paper curled a little during the drying, but it was easy to press it flat by putting some heavy books on it. It's the first time I use FB paper and the first time I use direct positive paper and I really liked the experience.
Date published: 2012-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great quality prints! use as a 4x5 positive print, in camera. The quality, even without preflashing, is great. beautiful blacks and creamy whites. Mine was really curled in the box and dried back to a curl. this was a little disappointing as the RC direct positive that is no longer available was perfectly flat. I rated this at ISO 1.5 and have had excellent results.
Date published: 2012-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fun It is actually cut to fit into 4x5 film holders, slips right in, so they have thought to make it the size of 4x5 sheet film. A bit tricky to get out without a decent fingernail but no real problem. It is curled from side to side (short dimension) so being able to load it under dim red safelight is a plus. It is a bit tricky to get both corners started under the retainer strips. The ISO stated for it of about 3 to 6 appears to be right on. Develops right up in Dektol, I used 1 part in 2 parts water. Exposure needs to be done carefully as it does not have the latitude of film. Also it is hard as nails. Grade 4 is perhaps hedging a bit. Seems more like Grade 5. Pre-flash works very well and opens up the shadows a good stop without changing much else if done just right. Worth figuring out. Sharpness and detail shot in camera is surprisingly good.
Date published: 2012-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for use in a 4x5 camera As others have said, this fits perfect in a 4x5 film holder. I'm still getting it figured out, but I think ISO 1.6 works. Developing with Kodak Dektol and Fixer, and Ilford Ilfostop, all following standard directions. I just started experimenting with preflashing, and it definitely helps. I haven't taken careful measurements, but a 1/2 sec exposure at f/5.6 with a single layer of a white cotton t-shirt over the lens, outside, light overcast, seemed to work.
Date published: 2012-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Request to Resume Production I was lucky and privileged being able buy the last few boxes of this product available at B&H. I understand that there have been some production issues and this product is no longer available. As a committed user of this product, I would like to add my voice to others, inciting Harman/Ilford to do their best to resume production and distribution of this truly valuable and unique product as soon as possible. In a world of digital perfection and impermanence, there are still many, like myself, able to value and make the best of this beautiful paper as an in-camera-positive. Whenever I teach alternative photography workshops, I can have my students experiment more with this paper, due to the much lower price than 4x5 sheet film. Also, students are able to follow and learn the entire loading/unloading and development procedure under safelight, which is something extremely beneficial for those who just begin to learn darkroom techniques. Well, I could go on and on, singing praises of Harman Direct Positive paper and the need for this product to be re-introduced on the market. But, poetry aside, merely from a business point of view, I would ask Harman Ilford not to fail analog photographers like other companies have done before. You are the last company we can consistently trust for the best Black and White film stocks and papers. As I am sure your research and development department must know, there is currently a rather big resurgence in analog (and alternative) photography techniques, worldwide and your help would be very welcome, right now. My humble request is not just about saving a niche (albeit unique) product, it is about asking your help in preserving a photographic practice and tradition that can only be passed on to future generations until specific tools and media remain available. Sincerely, G S
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WYSIWYG Just like everyone says- 3iso, pre flash works to open up shadows for normal contrast situations I really like the paper looks great slight warm nature othrochromatic so bright skin tones if it is still to contrasty use older developer if you want to experiment then you can't go wrong with a box really nice worth it
Date published: 2012-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jolly Good Stuff! I bought this to use with my recently acquired Lensless pinhole camera. I didn't want to bother with processing negatives and going through the extra steps of scanning and whatnot so this seemed to fit the bill. Pros: Very easy to work with. It can be loaded with a safelight which is a huge plus in my book. Sure you can do it in the dark, but it's always nice to know that your paper is loaded correctly before you spend hours in the field and realize you exposed the wrong side :/ Developing is a breeze. Just develop, stop, fix, wash and dry. Extremely Robust. You don't have to worry about scratching this product as you would with a film negative. I routinely manhandle it with my hands, developing tongs and a hair dryer to move the drying process along. On a side note, it does tend to curl when drying but is easily remedied with a good book or two. THICK Blacks! I've noticed a very strong amount of contrast with this paper which may be augmented by preflashing if you don't like it. Personally, however, it's exactly the look I'm going for anyway. Most of the images I've produced are absolute black and white with 2-3 shades of gray thrown in. Cons: You really have to nail your exposures with this paper. I'd say you have about 1 stop of latitude either way. Slower than molasses in January. This paper is rated at ISO 3 which is fairly accurate. My shortest exposures range from 3-6 minutes depending on the subjects and prevailing lighting conditions. I recently did a 1 1/2 hour exposure in the deep shade of a forest and still underexposed by about a stop.
Date published: 2013-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent with pre-flash This is a terrific product. Just remember 2 things. First, have reasonable expectations. Don't expect an incrediblly sharp image with a long tonal range. Second, be sure to pre- flash the paper prior to using it. It is possible to do it with a low wattage light bulb, although most people advise using a brief exposure under an enlarger. However, one of the appeals of this product is that you don't need to have an enlarger, Simpest method may be to load film in changing bag. After exposure, unload in changing bag and, still keeping it inside the bag, load into a daylight tank, e.g., Patterson, Yankee, Jobo, etc. Then process in with lights on. Be sure to search the webernet and profit from other people's experience. Oh, a free bonus tip: Take good notes because you'll have to make adjustments befote you hit on a nice repeatable process with suitable pre-flash and image exposure times. Much easier than my description. Heck, just use it and have fun!
Date published: 2016-06-05
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