Agfa Rapitone information

Discussion in 'Black and White' started by ingemar_lampa|1, Sep 22, 2020.

  1. Hi,

    I have a large stash of Agfa Rapitone P series papers. I can't find any information about them on the googleweb. I mean, I know they are PE and that the first number after the P tells you if they are glossy, semi-matte or matte (1, 2 and 3) respectively and that the number after the dash is the hardness. Apart from this, nothing. I'm not even sure if they are VC or fixed contrast, or if one can play with contrast using filters.

    Any clues?
  2. Maybe this will help

    • Professional B/W enlargement paper on baryta base
    • Speed to ISO 6846: W - H = P 250
    • Silver chlorobromide emulsion
    • Print tone: warm black (varied by developer type)
    • White baryta-coated paper base with white toner
    • Contrast grades: W (1 ), S (2), N (3), H (4)
    • Surfaces: RR 1 = glossy, single-weight

      RR 111 = glossy, double-weight
    • Process in trays 90 seconds

      Development time at 20 C / 68 F.
    Papers are fixed as to contrast however develop for longer than 90 seconds will allow a contrast gain conversely pulling will reduce contrast.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2020
  3. Thanks. However, Rapitone and Record-Rapid are not the same products.
  4. Thanks again. The M series Rapitone are yet again very different from the P series, since they are VC. I don't think this is the case with the P. Believe me when I say there seems to be no information by googling.

    Maybe someone of old has actually been using these papers?
  5. A quick search unearthed this thread for me.

    Developer-incorporated paper is more susceptible to aging degradation than ordinary paper, since the developing agent(s) will oxidise.
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2020
  6. Thanks. I read that thread as well as it is one of the few one comes across. I'm starting to think that, as someone in the thread mentions, that there has been many iterations of Agfa paper using the same name. I have been doing prints on this stash over 5 years ago, but just came back from abroad and a hiatus due to not moving my darkroom with me all over Europe. I see no degradation in prints which I made soon 10 years ago.

    Anyway. I appreciate all the pointers and if anyone wants to add something, that too would be useful.

    Here are some prints I did two days ago. Subject: my wife Alison at Fotografiska museum, Stockholm, summer 2017.


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