Hahnemühle Photo Rag (updated twice)
I've bought some heavy-weight art/photo print paper, the highly regarded Hahnemühle Photo Rag, for my prints, not the least my BW prints.
I bought it at the company linked above. Here are some interesting points:
- I somehow managed to get the paper (50 sheets A3, 308grams) more than thirty Pounds Sterling cheaper than the price they quote here, £144 (the latter also seems to be the typical price). I found that via Amazon UK, but I can't find it now. One has to be on the lookout for good offers in the Internet age!
- Excellent service, I got UPS shipment for only five pounds, and the packaging was exemplary: bubble-wrap on all six sides around the big box of paper. Lovely.
- The paper really is something, thick and stiff, and though pretty smooth, with a very tactile feel. I'm looking forward to seeing prints on it.
... Hahnemühle, there's a company which knows how to move with the times: apparently they've been in the paper business for over 400 years, and yet right now they are in the forefront of high-end inkjet paper. Good going.
Update: my very first attempt at a B/W print on this paper is very beautiful. And that's just printed straight with a color printer and no special settings. The print I'd made earlier of the sink on glossy Canon paper, I consider very good. But the Hahnemühle paper print seems to have more light, more "zing" in it somehow. Hard to pin down. It could be just that the highlights print a bit lighter on it.
Update: funny enough I just now read that my Canon printer can't take papers above 270 grams per square meter. Lucky I didn't know that before I successfully printed on 308 grams paper!