Adox MCC 110
Freestyle Photographic Supplies, in partnership with Fotoimpex, Germany, proudly announces the imminent arrival a long-awaited photographic paper. That paper is the new ADOX Premium MCC 110 variable-contrast fiber-based paper. Designed to be the replacement for the late Agfa Classic 111 paper, ADOX Premium MCC 110 uses the same emulsion as the original Agfa, but on a neutral white paper base instead of the old warm base. Other than the whiter base, everything else about MCC 110 is exactly the same as Agfa Classic; the hundreds of tests done in the laboratory and in darkrooms around the world confirm this. Thus, we firmly believe that fans of Agfa Classic will embrace ADOX Premium MCC 110 as its proper replacement.
ADOX MCC 110 Premium has finally surfaced, through all the recent changes in the B/W printing paper market, as a preferred choice for fine art photography. It starts off with a bright white base and neutral color that produces amazingly clean brilliant tonalities.
When one creates a desirable separation in the mid-tones, it still leaves shadows open and highlights with appropriate detail. Selenium toning is very effective and easily managed with no split-toning or similar color problems.
Anne and I, along with other photographers in a number of countries, had an opportunity to test this paper a while back. It was remarkable how similar in quality the paper was to the old Multicontrast Classic. One change from the original... Agfa Multicontrast Classic was coated on a "natural white," as opposed to a bright white base. That base was made especially for Agfa and is not available at this time. The new Adox paper has the same emulsion as the previous paper, but is now on a brighter white base. I have no problems with the brighter white base - though I really did like natural white base as a contrast to the bright whites of Polymax. Most photographers who evaluated the prototype test batch preferred the whiter base.
The paper seems to respond well to bleaching. Agfa type emulsions have often been more susceptible to staining with bleaching, but just be careful and keep an eye out for bleaching artifacts. It's good to see another quality silver halide fiber base paper available for those who still love the traditional (or as I understand it's now referred to as "classical") darkroom! This is a particularly refreshing announcement in light of the recent news of some traditional photographic products being discontinued, most notably Kodak's recent announcement that Kodachrome film is going away. Happy printing!
From my very first test print, this new paper won me over! Finally a high quality paper that has all the characteristics that I look for in my work. MCC 110 impressed me with its amazing range of contrast from extremely soft to very hard. My first print made with this new paper is an image which is normally very difficult to print, yet with MCC 110 I was able to go from test print to final print in less time than any other paper before, and the results were remarkable. The brilliant, luminous whites that this paper renders are very controllable making it very easy to maintain subtle detail. The midtones show amazing separation, yielding very silvery-quality values. The shadows are capable of revealing the most delicate detail while still being able to produce a crisp, rich black. On top of all that, MCC 110 bleaches very nicely and tones in selenium to a good neutral or slightly beyond, making it capable of yielding a slightly warm selenium color if desired.
Even the physical characteristics of this paper are excellent. The surface air dries to a nice, smooth sheen - not too glossy and not too dull. The white paper base is perfect - not too warm and not too cold. I'll be using this premium paper from now on for all of my fine print work.
I have printed on ADOX MCC 110 and have found it to be a wonderful new addition to our ever shrinking arsenal of fine photographic papers. The clarity and depth of the surface and the wonderful tonal ranges put it high on my list.