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Canson Platine Fibre Rag paper review

Miles Hecker , Jan 13, 2010; 03:15 p.m.

Hi All,

For those of you interested in B&W printing, I've just posted my review of the new Canson Platine Fibre Rag paper.

See http://wyofoto.com/Canson_Platine_review.html

Any feedback or questions are welcome.

Miles

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John Kelly , Jan 14, 2010; 10:33 a.m.

I'm eager to visit the gallery!

Your troubles with paper transport and head strike suggest adjustment of the Epson's platen and, possibly, its internal drying time. Those operator-controlled adjustments are standard for many Epsons, don't know about your particular model. I'd rather decide between papers on the basis of appearance than on the basis of what may be printer adjustment issues.

Robert Brake , Jan 15, 2010; 09:45 p.m.

Miles, I'm curious how the Canson compares in terms of texture with the Silver Rag and the Gold Fiber Silk. More pronounced, less?

David Henderson , Jan 15, 2010; 10:04 p.m.

Thank you. Most useful. As it happens I've been going through a similar process though using labs in UK and USA rather than my own Epson. My clear winner was Harman Baryta gloss warmtone, which is also a semi-gloss paper, which gave me really nice prints from a range of labs and several different printers from Epson & Canon. The Gold Fibre Silk was also in my shortlist. I've tried Crane Museo silver rag in the past from West Coast Imaging and wasn't too impressed, but I must say that the Harman paper has persuaded me that I can get b&w prints made from digital originals that I can display alongside my traditional fibre prints, and I can also use it to scan and print certain "difficult" negs that i've had a tough job getting great traditional fibre prints from.

There is a white version too that I much like for colour work, and a matte version that I don't much care for- too chalky looking and seems very delicate.

Miles Hecker , Jan 17, 2010; 11:53 a.m.

To Robert, the surface texture of the Canson Platine is almost identical to the Gold Fiber Silk.
The Silver Rag has slightly more tooth or texture than either of these.

Ross Fredella , Feb 15, 2010; 03:50 p.m.

Hello,
How is the Canson Platine Fibre Rag for color prints? My Professor raves about this paper. I am a senior photography major and am about to have my senior b.f.a. exhibition. I am looking for a high end paper that a similar quality to the papers that traditional c-prints were made on. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Ross Fredella , Feb 15, 2010; 03:50 p.m.

Hello,
How is the Canson Platine Fibre Rag for color prints? My Professor raves about this paper. I am a senior photography major and am about to have my senior b.f.a. exhibition. I am looking for a high end paper that a similar quality to the papers that traditional c-prints were made on. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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