Yes, that's what I experienced, too. A real shame, because this is such a great paper for pt/pd. Maybe-- hopefully-- this was just a fluke-- just one bad batch. Nice title for a book (or exhibit): When Good Paper Goes Bad . . . |
I also noticed the graininess—especially in the pure blacks. It was more pronounced where the coating was thinner along the edges of the paper.
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In a message dated 4/24/08 1:28:48 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Yes, I was just printing with some COT320 paper last week, and I wondered if they-- like everybody else-- had somehow changed the make-up of the paper. I usually order it from 2 different places-- depending on who has it-- although it should all originate from the same central place (right?)-- but, yes, I did notice a difference. I have some bigger paper that I haven't opened and was going to try that today to see if there was a difference. I was using a batch of 11x14 before. I had to keep brushing over the same spots to get over the beading/ I also noticed that I was getting this grainy look which I had never before seen with that paper. I switched to a brand new brush, a brand new tray, and I even made up some new developer-- wondering if one or the other had been contaminated in some way. I was also using negatives I'd used before-- with no problem-- and still, I got this graininess. I'm hoping that doesn't happen with this different size-- and was thinking I just got bad batch or something-- who knows. I do wish paper/film manufacturers would simply leave a good thing alone. Too much to ask, I guess.
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