#1. "RE: Best Epson paper for Black & White?" | In response to Reply # 0esantos Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002Tue 27-Nov-12 08:19 PM
There is no one "best" paper for any type of image since it really depends on the subject matter and how you want the medium to influence the presentation of said subject matter. I generally recommend and really like Epson's Signature Worthy Exhibition Fiber because it was specifically developed to replicate the old Baryta (barium sulfate) type black and white papers of old. Other good choices would be the Cold Press and Hot Press papers, Velvet Fine Art (VFA), Premium Luster, and Premium Glossy.
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#3. "RE: Best Epson paper for Black & White?" | In response to Reply # 1blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Wed 28-Nov-12 08:14 AM
Paper choice is an intensely personal matter. I have found myself tending to almost half B&W, more than most folks. I like Exhibition Fiber and I probably use more of it than anything else, but my friend Larry (MotoMannequin) hates it. Vic (vfnewman) likes Premium Glossy but I don't care for it except in specific situations. Hal (HBB) likes VFA, and in general so do I, but in my opinion it really does not work for some images due to its lesser dMax. This is particularly the case for night images, which tend to be low-key and thus rely heavily on the heavy blacks. Unfortunately my next choice - Hot Press Natural - usually also fails on those same images, mostly for the same reason. On the other hand, I do print quite a lot of B&W on both HPN and VFA.
And don't forget that both the environment in which the print will be viewed/exhibited and the viewer's taste may also be significant contributors.
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#4. "RE: Best Epson paper for Black & White?" | In response to Reply # 3