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Howie Nordström
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/11/2005

Inkjet paper for B&W prints?

What recommendations do you all have for inkjet paper when making B&W prints?

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11/20/2005 7:41:08 AM

John P. Sandstedt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/8/2001
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  One of the great things about printing in the wet darkrrom was the variety of papers available [RC coated, silver halide, etc.] When things moved to the dry darkroom, it becomes a little hectic, particularly when one sticks to the papers recommended by the printer manufacturer.

I have a Canon S800. While I like Photo Pro Paper for some color prints, it isn't my favorite for B&W. When I literally erred, trying to make a color print of Erica [see Gallery,] I had the 'Grayscale' radio box highlighted. I was using Ilford Pearl Paper - and I've been an Ilford fan ever since.

At Photo Expo last month, a Canon rep recommended Hannemuhle Paper. I haven't tried it yet, but I plan to asap.

As in choice of film, or Vodka, it's a personal decision. You might try; their own papers are available in test kits - several sheets of each of three of four papers. Print out the same image on each and see what you like. You can do the same with other papers, but the test kits aren't available. Once you find what what you like, sit back and sip on your Vodka. I do recommend Absolute, Skye and Finlandia in that order.

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11/20/2005 8:33:31 AM

Howie Nordström
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/11/2005
  Thanks John.

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11/21/2005 6:14:12 AM


BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/28/2003
  I recommend the Epson Velvet Fine-Art Paper. It's not quite true BW, but it's close enough for almost anyone except a trained lab expert. I have heard great things about the Somerset velvet paper to.

It's the closest thing I have found to a fiber-based BW paper, like the old wet room days. Sometimes I miss that.

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11/21/2005 12:25:51 PM

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