I've used MOAB Entrada bright white double sided paper before for portfolio printing and loved it. For exhibition and archival prints I'd rather use a paper without or with very little optical brighteners.
I'm wondering if anyone here has used or is using MOAB's Entrada 300gsm Natural (double sided) and if they have an opinion of it compared to Hahnemuhle's Photo Rag 308gsm. The Hahnemuhle has optical brighteners but it nearly as warm as the Entrada Natural plus I like how the Entrada flattens easily from rolls because of its double sided coating.
Any opinions or any alternatives to the above i should look into for a high end matte rag paper?
I just chuckled reading your post as my IPF6350 next to me just finished a 24" print on Moab Entrada Rag Natural. Entrada Rag Natural is one of my two favourite papers (the other being Somerset Museum Rag). I've probably made more prints on Entrada Rag Natural than any other paper.
I ditched Hahnemuhle years ago for being over priced and having poor quality control. I was fed up with getting boxes of their paper that had issues. Plus I couldn't stand the paper curl after printing.
To be fair the Hahnemuhle paper is a good paper and I do like it. But I do prefer the Entrada Rag for the way it sits flat after the print. It also measures slightly better for D-Max.
I need to disclose I am one of Moab's Masters so take my opinion in that context. But I will add that I was recommending and printing on Entrada Rag long before I was asked to join their Masters program.
If you want another paper recommendation that is also excellent, double sided and not a Moab product then have a look at Museo Portfolio Rag. Another truly excellent paper. Very crisp, sits flat, and wonderful prints.