Square fibre paper ?? (ilford?)

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Hi there,

I saw recently (or imagined I saw :wink: ) pre-cut square black and white fibre paper mentioned. Has anyone any info on availability?

I think that it was mentioned that Ilford produce Multigrade fibre base in non-standard sizes once a year and once sold - that's it for the year. Is this true or am I imagining a marketing strategy that doesn't exist?!!

10"x10" or 12"x12" paper is what interests me at the moment - I know I could cut down other sizes but..... the wasteage and time taken etc.

Imagination or reality - you tell me!
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Take rectangular paper, cut it square and use the off cuts for test strips.

Roger

Yeah, that's the normal thing to do - just had a "lazy" thought of being able to pick up pre-cut paper! Knowing me I wouldn't get the cut square anyway!

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Yeah, that's the normal thing to do - just had a "lazy" thought of being able to pick up pre-cut paper! Knowing me I wouldn't get the cut square anyway!

:D

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The paper is (or at least was) made by Ilford. I have seen it in their catalog. However, every time this comes up, I am surprised by the number of people who want pre-cut square paper. Cripes! Just get a paper cutter and cut down your 4:5 paper. It is not wasteful in any way. In fact, it is less so than using special pre-cut square paper. You want test strips anyhow, right? Laziness? If you are too lazy to cut some sheets of paper, find a new hobby.
 

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This comes up an awful lot, surprisingly. I agree, a decent paper cutter is a very good investment for your workspace no matter who you are, personally I like the guillotine variety. It doesnt take much practice at all.
 

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For most of my 6X6 negatives I like to print the square at the top of an 8X10 sheet and leave about 2 inches of white at the bottom. When that doesn't look right, I trim off the bottom to make the sheet square.

Something about the broad white margin on the bottom appeals to me. And nobody ever flips the picture around asking "what's up and what's down".
 

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For most of my 6X6 negatives I like to print the square at the top of an 8X10 sheet and leave about 2 inches of white at the bottom. When that doesn't look right, I trim off the bottom to make the sheet square.

Something about the broad white margin on the bottom appeals to me. And nobody ever flips the picture around asking "what's up and what's down".

Yup. Me too.
 

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I'm with 2F/2F, though not quite so strident. I would be willing to buy 16x20 paper and cut for all other sizes (with my 50 year old Nikkor Trimmer) if the manufacturer would save production costs (only one size box, etc) and pass them on to me. Our choices are already diminishing, and this is one choice I can live without to keep the stuff coming.
 

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Given the number of square MF cameras, you'd think that square paper would be more popular but it seems not. You might want some test strips but with 8 x10 and a square of, say, 7.5 x 7.5 you end up with a lot of test strips. The half inch on the 8 side isn't much good and the 2.5 inch on the 10 side is very long and thin. I'd be inclined to buy a pack of 6x4 of the same paper and use that for test strips. They can always be used for postcards as well with an adhesive pre-printed backing strip

However we can "rail against the dying of the light" as much as we like but if demand doesn't warrant square paper then it isn't going to happen.

Try Simon by all means or simply contact Harman via the "contact us " section on the Harman site. I got a pretty unequivocal answer from Simon on bigger packs of Perceptol and I suggested that customer services be more frank even if it isn't what the customer wants to hear.

Your query might be a good test of whether Simon's frankness has filtered down.

pentaxuser
 

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.... I would be willing to buy 16x20 paper and cut for all other sizes (with my 50 year old Nikkor Trimmer) if the manufacturer would save production costs (only one size box, etc) and pass them on to me. Our choices are already diminishing, and this is one choice I can live without to keep the stuff coming.

More than 10 years ago Agfa Record Rapid used to come in a 16x20" 100 sheet box, which was very popular amongst the (then) large community of labs in London, especially as the price was pretty good. Any interest in seeing that size box again but with Harman papers?
 
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