Lusting for Luster: The Latest Inkjet Papers
October 27, 2014
Hahnemühle Pearl 310 and Silk Baryta
Hahnemühle’s been busy lately, and if you’re a fan of this company’s paper, it’s time to check out the new Photo Pearl 310 with its bright white base and pearlescent finish. For photographers with a yen for the look and feel that recalls silver halide, the Silk Baryta provides a familiar silky gloss with a creamy base that offsets deep blacks. Both papers come in cut sheets and up to 50-inch rolls.
Prices: Photo Pearl, $21-$300; Silk Baryta, $27-$270
EDITOR'S CHOICE: Moab Juniper Baryta Rag 305
Juniper Baryta Rag 305, with its true baryta coating on a 100-percent cotton fiber base, offers the rich density of traditional FB-type paper, natural whites, great shadow details and a slightly textured surface. We printed a couple of sample images on the double-weight paper and fell in love.
Price: TBA for sheets from 5 x 7 inches to 44-inch rolls
Canson Photo Lustre
This new paper from Canson Infinity features a scratch-resistant soft lustre finish. The highly opaque 310gsm paper, available in 25-sheet packs and up to 60-inch wide rolls, has an extra white base to bring out highlights, dries instantly and is compatible with pigment and dye inks.
Price: starts at $21
IT Supplies Elegant
IT Supplies’ private label Simply Elegant line may be off the beaten path, but its papers are definitely worth your ink. The latest in the line includes a Metallic Canvas, Fiber Gold 310 and a Premium Luster. The Metallic Canvas is particularly interesting, but baryta lovers will want to check out the Fiber Gold 310 first.
Price: starts at $11
Epson Luster and Glossy Metallic
Classic papers will always be part of photographers’ repertoires, but some images (and clients) demand an extra oomph. Available in Luster (a semi-gloss finish) and Glossy for an extra pop of color, both deliver the sharpness and depth that special images deserve.
FineArt Baryta Satin
Introduced at this year’s Photokina, Hahnemühle’s FineArt Baryta Satin continues the trend of silver halide-like papers. The latest in Hahnemühle’s line features a satin finish with extreme dMax (or maximum black). The 300gsm paper is acid-free, has no optical brighteners and works well for both black-and-white as well as color images.