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. For best results the calibration procedure should be carried out as the actual values will depend on the characteristics of your enlarger, your working methods and which materials you use. 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.

 

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

Paper typeGrade00012345
Ilford Multigrade V
Resin coated
Offset

Contrast
-39

60
-16

140
-13

120
-2

141
-2

141
-2

141
-3

141
Ilford Multigrade
FB Classic
Offset

Contrast
-2

141
-2

141
-17

100
-2

80
-5

77
-6

59
-12

52
Ilford Multigrade IV
Resin coated (standard)
Offset

Contrast
0

179
0

144
0

132
0

109
0

89
0

65
0

47
Ilford Multigrade IV
Fibre-based
Offset

Contrast
3

155
1

136
2

110
1

84
0

68
-4

52
-10

45
Ilford MG
Warmtone RC
Offset

Contrast
10

200
10

163
9

149
9

123
9

101
8

81
7

66
Ilford MG
Warmtone FB
Offset

Contrast
12

189
12

166
11

148
12

119
12

98
13

71
13

56
Ilford Multigrade III
RC
Offset

Contrast
-1

188
0

164
0

142
0

127
0

100
-3

85
-5

72
Ilford MG
Cooltone RC
Offset

Contrast
-2

160
-4

138
-5

116
-5

93
-7

77
-11

60
-16

55
Ilford MG IV RC
(Leitz V35 MG head )
Offset

Contrast
-

-
-8

180
-10

157
-9

123
-10

100
-19

75
-24

51
Kentmere Warmtone
VC FB
Offset

Contrast
-6

138
-8

121
-10

109
-11

95
-14

86
-15

72
-14

75
Kentmere Fineprint
VC FB
Offset

Contrast
-5

139
-6

121
-8

108
-8

89
-13

83
-18

72
-24

76
Fomatone MG ClassicOffset

Contrast
23

128
20

118
20

101
21

90
22

84
15

65
13

65
Ilford MG IV
(Ilford 500 head)
Offset

Contrast
---

---
-25

177
-24

136
-24

119
-20

100
-14

73
-20

48
Agfa Multicontrast Premium
(Ilford 500 head)
Offset

Contrast
---

---
-30

147
-26

114
-25

98
-23

86
-30

67
-30

51