Alternative Papers

Starting Point calibration settings for alternative papers, using Ilford Filters except where indicated.

Choose your paper from the list below, and enter the figures in the table for offset (exposure compensation) and contrast. These figures are to be regarded only as starting points and for best results the calibration procedure should be carried out, as actual values will depend on the characteristics of your enlarger, your working methods and materials. However if you use these starting figures it’s likely that only fine tuning will be required. (The figures for Ilford Multigrade IV RC are the factory standard and are listed here only for reference purposes.)

Paper type 

Grade 

00

0

1

2

3

4

5

Ilford Multigrade IV 
Resin coated (standard)

Offset 

Contrast

179 

144 

132 

109 

89 

65 

47 

Ilford Multigrade IV 
Fibre-based

Offset 

-4 

-10 

Contrast 

155 

136 

110 

84 

68 

52 

45 

Ilford MG 
Warmtone RC 

Offset 

10 

10 

Contrast 

200 

163 

149 

123 

101 

81 

66 

Ilford MG 
Warmtone FB 

Offset 

12 

12 

11 

12 

12 

13 

13 

Contrast 

189 

166 

148 

119 

98 

71 

56 

Ilford Multigrade III
RC

Offset 

-1 

-3 

-5 

Contrast 

188 

164 

142 

127 

100 

85 

72 

Ilford MG
Cooltone RC 

Offset 

-2 

-4 

-5 

-5 

-7 

-11 

-16 

Contrast 

160 

138 

116 

93 

77 

60 

55 

Ilford MG IV RC
(Leitz V35 MG head )

Offset 

-8 

-10 

-9 

-10 

-19 

-24 

Contrast 

180 

157 

123 

100 

75 

51 

Agfa Multicontrast 
Premium RC

Offset 

-2 

-4 

-5 

-3 

-6 

-6 

Contrast 

168 

140 

123 

105 

85 

69 

65 

Agfa Multicontrast 
Classic FB

Offset 

-1 

-1 

-11 

-13 

Contrast 

176 

148 

127 

105 

88 

76 

66 

Kodak Polymax II
RC (Kodak filters)

Offset 

-4 

-6 

-6 

-7 

-8 

-3 

-3 

Contrast 

174 

144 

120 

113 

102 

73 

55 

Kentmere Warmtone
VC FB  

Offset 

-6 

-8 

-10 

-11 

-14 

-15 

-14 

Contrast 

138 

121 

109 

95 

86 

72 

75 

Kentmere Fineprint 
VC FB

Offset 

-5 

-6 

-8 

-8 

-13 

-18 

-24 

Contrast 

139 

121 

108 

89 

83 

72 

76 

Fomatone MG Classic

Offset 

23

20

20

21

22

15

13

Contrast 

128

118

101

90

84

65

65

Ilford MG IV
(Ilford 500 head) 

Offset 

--- 

-25 

-24 

-24 

-20 

-14 

-20 

Contrast 

--- 

177 

136 

119 

100 

73 

48 

Agfa Multicontrast Premium
(Ilford 500 head) 

Offset 

--- 

-30 

-26 

-25 

-23 

-30 

-30 

Contrast 

--- 

147 

114 

98 

86 

67 

51 

See also the User Calibrations page for data submitted by our customers for other papers and enlargers

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