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uaiomex

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Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl 320 GSM Anyone?
« on: April 01, 2011, 12:42:38 PM »

I'm in trouble. It's time for me to start printing new sets of prints for this year. I liked HbAl a lot but got tired of the super shiny surface. Ilford Gold Silk has too much gloss diferential. I was nailing on Canson Platine but the "micro scratches/fiber issue" put me down (for now). Then I was thinking about the other Canson, paper the Baryta but seems that Epson printers have problems cutting it off.
Anyone here using the Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl? It's got nice reviews but the "Pearl" designation puts me off. It reminds of the "old" Ilford Pearl papers which I disliked because of the heavy plasticky look.
Please share and thanks in advance.
Eduardo
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Re: Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl 320 GSM Anyone?
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2011, 08:12:43 PM »

I used it for a bit on my old HP Z3100. Not a bad paper at all, with a fairly subtle surface texture I like a lot better than the artificially regular 'machine texture' of Ilford gold fiber silk. Great hand feel too. I switched to Hahnemuhle Photo rag baryta which I like even more, but try both and see if either works for you.
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Re: Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl 320 GSM Anyone?
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2011, 08:00:41 AM »

its nothing like the old Ilford 'Pearl' material. go see a sample - it has a great air dried glossy surface, with less texture than Platine.
more close to Epson Exhibition Fiber than anything else, imho.  Rolls don't have such a strong curl either as its all cotton.
I like it a lot, but it is one of the most expensive papers out there, even by Hahnemuhle/Canson standards, its spendy.
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Re: Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl 320 GSM Anyone?
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2011, 03:08:01 PM »

Thank you guys, priceless information. Cost is not much of a concern if I found a paper to fully satisfy me.
Cristopher, since you are printing mostly on this paper, could you extend your comments and share the ups and downs while using this paper?
Thanks all again
Eduardo
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