Ilford Selenium toner - experiences?

Discussion in 'B&W: Film, Paper, Chemistry' started by Colin Corneau, May 21, 2008.

  1. Colin Corneau

    Colin Corneau Subscriber

    Nov 20, 2007
    Brandon, MB
    Medium Format
    I have a show of my China images coming up, and want to start printing.

    Previously, I've almost always used Ilford's Warmtone FB - I liked its look on its own, right out of the fix without any toning.

    Now I'm trying my luck with the Kentmere Fineprint doubleweight FB, and have a few bottles of Ilford's selenium toner I thought of trying with it.

    I don't want anything more than enhanced Dmax, improved archival quality and a slight colour change (although nothing like eggplant or greenish, or the like).

    What are your experiences with this toner? Many thanks for the advice
  2. Stan160

    Stan160 Member

    Apr 24, 2006
    Woking, Surr
    I've used this toner 1+3 and 1+9 on Kentmere Fineprint Gloss (not warmtone), and also on the warmtone FG matt surface at 1+3.

    It tones very fast, and there is an eggplant cast at all dilutions I've tried, but only subtly on the gloss paper at 1+9 - I had to compare to an untoned print to spot the difference. The most I have toned for is 4 minutes, and there is a noticeable difference after 1 minute with the stronger dilutions.

    No problems enhancing the Dmax. More noticable on the gloss paper, which produces wonderful deep blacks anyway, the toner separates things just that bit further.

    You might find you need to print at a higher grade than Ilford paper to get a good Dmax, but I've only used Ilford RC so I could be comparing apples to oranges.