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« on: January 27, 2009, 12:50 »
Hi all,

I just bought an Epson 3800 and its amazing.  Love printing with it.  And everything I've done so far has come out spectacularly.

I have used bought and used Ilford's Galerie Gold Fibre Silk and Premium Luster by Epson.

Does anyone have any favourite papers for certain applications?



Just generally good paper?

I really was hoping that Kodak would release some of their Endura Metallic stuff for inkjet, but so far I can't really find it anywhere.
Does anyone know if there is an inkjet paper that would mimic the Endura Metallic look?



« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2009, 15:22 »
I suppose it's a bit early to ask this, but can you keep tab of how many prints eg. A2, A3, you get per new set of full cartridge?  I am just weighing the cost to print.
I realise it will always be cheaper than custom printing with a lab, but yes, I am also looking for a new printer. Keep us inform here if you can, of what you think of it, cheers !

« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2009, 16:02 »
From what I hear, its $0.51 per standard print for the ink (54 sq in)

But yes, I'll try and keep track.  Note however that the first ink set goes quicker because it primes once when you first get it, and about 10% goes down the drain there (of each ink)

So far, I've done 4 12x18 black and whites and 2 8x10s and they are splendid, and I still haven't seen the levels move

« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2009, 16:15 »
I'm using an Epson 9800 and most of my customers are getting canvas. Try Epson's canvas, either Satin or Matte finish.
Good Luck,

« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2009, 19:56 »
I was just going to suggest the Ilford Gallery Gold Silk... but you already tried it :)  That is my most favorite paper- i am using the R1800 though.

« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2009, 12:29 »
If you likethe look of Epson Luster, I would suggest you try the Ilford Gallery Smooth Pearl.  I think it looks nicer to my eye and the paper is slightly thicker.


« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2009, 14:45 »
For a basic prints I use Ilford gallerie Smooth Pearl paper (cheap and quite nice finnish). Gold fibre silk is very good paper (I like it better than similar hahnemuehle papers I have tested (photo rag pearl and fine art baryta )). For matte prints I use Somerset Enchanched photo paper but it need very large prints to look good in my opinnion (too much surface texture for my taste). I have printed with Epson canvas with no problem. I use epson 3800 as well. Have a nice time with your new printer.

br, Mikko

« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2009, 18:10 »
Thanks guys, really appreciate the input.

Really like Luster, and I'm going to get myself a few tester packs to see what else is there that looks really nice to me.  But I hear good things about all the papers you mention.

Thanks again


« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2009, 13:08 »
just curious, are you printing with color profile or sRGB or Adobe?
does it matter? i read that Adobe has wider range of green and hotter reds,
but is the print media able to show this, or just a waste of "bit"?
moreover, over certain high end commercial printers can print the difference.
have you tried the comparision?
« Last Edit: February 09, 2009, 13:10 by tan510jomast »

« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2009, 14:26 »
I think the answer to your question is that it depends.  For the colour profile, I always work in prophoto or Adobe.  Yes they are much wider ranges for colour from what I understand.  however, when i print, I always load the factory profile for the paper I'm printing on and I let the printer and photoshop cut down the gamut range to match that profile that way I don't end up with weird and fuzzy results.

With the Epson 3800, no one has ever said a bad word about the print quality and from what I hear, the prints are just as good as any of the larger format printers.  the only difference is that you don't have the ability to print that wide on the 3800.

Just got myself some sample packs from ilford and hahnemeulhe (i know i spelled that incorrectly) and will try to test them out soon


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