Did a search and it looks like this hasn't been asked since 2005. So, If I could ask, what is your favorite print media? I am very new to "print your own" but so far I can see having several favorites (even though I've only tried a couple so far). So If possible I was hoping to get some input on the following, "everyday paper", Fine Art, and Canvas. Of course I suppose "everyday" is pretty general in that one could use fine art the most and consider that everyday, but I included it to see what paper is actually used the most. So, what do you consider the best in these categories? Maybe include your printer(s) model as well. Any way here is mine... so far...
Epson 3800, Epson R320 Everyday = Epson Premium Luster so far? Fine Art = ??? Canvas = ???
Well, I did say I have only tried a couple.
----------------------------- I'm a Nikonian with NAS! This will require some explanation to my analyst.
---------------------------- A picture is worth a thousand words! I took a photograph and couldn't think of that many. I guess I'll keep trying!
Since I have essentially the same question about you've been using I'd like to expand upon the original post by adding the purpose for which you use a particular paper.
I am primarily a wildlife/Nature photographer looking to work into informal portraitry. My printeres consist of Epson 4800 and 2400. My use so far has been limited to Epson Premium Lustre and Glossy but am looking for feedback into qualities/uses/properties of any/all of the folowing paper:
Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl 285 Paper Epson Velvet Fine Art Paper Textured Fine Art Paper by Crane developed and sold by Epson UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Satin Epson Somerset Velvet Hahnemuhle William Turner Ilford smooth pearl
Looking to broaden my horizons as well as go with archival products if possible.
I know it isn't very exciting but I think Epson Premium Glossy Photo is just fantastic. I just bought a 25 pack of 13x19 (I've used smaller sizes for years). I've only made one print with it (Epson R2400) but it was a B&W print with a very wide tonal range and I'm just blown away at both the printer and the paper.
I have only now started getting back into B&W inkjet printing after about a 3 year hiatus and I haven't started experimenting again. As someone mentioned, it is quite expensive. I seem to remember being fond of Crane Museo (although I think it is an offwhite rather than bright white) and Somerset something, maybe Velvet but before Epson started marketing it.
that used to have variety packs where you could get 2 or 3 sheets of various papers in a pack which allows for slightly cheaper experimenting. They also sell great quadtone inks.
I am really getting psyched about B&W printing on my new 2400 and can't wait to try some more papers, particularly some fine art rags and non coated papers. I've been away for a while so I've got a lot to re-learn. But the quality I'm getting from files from my D200, converted to grayscale and printed on the 2400 have really got me excited.
I have a few questions about the Breathing Color papers... I have been looking at their site and reading the material. Apparently it seems that you can use either the MK or PK inks for the Elegance Velvet Paper.. same thing for their Sterling 300 paper. Which ink have you used when printing on Elegance Velvet? If I could get away with using the PK for all papers and never have to use MK again, that would be a huge thing to consider.
I read what you said about Epson VFA flaking and blocking up in shadow and highly saturated areas. Do you see the same symptoms on this paper?
I accept that inkjet prints don't compare well to those expecting "wet" lab prints; however, I love them. Or maybe I need to start (over-)sharpening just before printing...
Epson Luster for portraits (hadn't heard about Ultra), Velvet has emerged as my favorite - no glare, bronzing (2200) or metamerism. Rich look. Watercolor is a close second. Enhanced Matte for portraits, too.