by Mike McNamee Published 01/02/2007
The Oxford Twill weave has been used again in the HD Canvas variant.
Since they became involved with inkjet printing FujiFilm have sourced high-quality papers and sold them under their own brand name at competitive prices. Additionally, simple things like the provision of 300-piece boxes of A4 have led to them building a strong following amongst professional photographers.
Their latest swatch book contains six Photo papers, eight Fine Art papers (& canvases), four Matt papers and five specialist materials such as backlit and banner materials. We concentrate in this review on the three new papers in their range.
In the front of the swatch book is a mini-CD with a set of profiles for Epson 2400, 4000, 4800, 7600, 7800, 9600 and 9800 printers. They are built for 1440dpi resolutions with advice that they may be used at other resolutions – not strictly true as all these printers vary their inking level at different resolutions. Certainly in use, the provided profiles did not perform particularly well and we elected to build our own
Fine Art Museum Baryte Paper
This is yet another addition to the ‘fibre-based silver halide look-alike’ media that have sprung up, and it shows all the characteristics of the breed; high Dmax, very low overall errors and quite exceptional skin tone accuracies. Its name harks back to baryte (barium sulphate, sometimes barite, one of 49 synonyms which includes Tiff!) a material used in the surfacing of traditional halide papers. Such are the subtle differences in batches of materials that this one topped the pole on gamut volume and also displayed the lowest error reading in the class. However, the overall ‘signature’ of the errors was much in accord with the other variants we have tested with Epson UltraChrome inks, using the Photo Black ink set. Our data were derived from an Epson 4800. The gamut volume was 830,985, the Dmax was 2.28 and the Macbeth errors averaged 4.4?E Lab/2.54 ?E2000. The skin tones had an average error of 1.2?E Lab/1.5?E2000
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