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Ink2Paper Photo Paper Review - Ink2Paper are an on-line photo paper retailer selling all sizes and finishes of photo paper, here Brian Wadie puts them to the test.
Ink2Paper are an on-line photo paper retailer selling all sizes and finishes of photo paper. ePHOTOzine member Brian Wadie finds out how they perform.
Epson R3000 using the same settings I would for my normal print jobs.
First impressions were good as the samples arrived securely packed in a rigid cardboard container with no signs of damage.
I have commented on the subjective handling qualities of each paper in the relevant section.
I compared the gloss and satin papers against Jessops equivalent products (these have become my “Go To” papers for club competition work as they give excellent results at a very low price).
The fine art papers I compared against Hahnemuhle equivalents which are my standard papers for gallery and exhibition work.
I wasn’t able to get worthwhile scanned images from the fine art papers (a weakness of my all-in-one scanner) so I’m afraid you will have to make do with my written observations but I was able to scan the gloss and satin samples.
Epson R3000 but the lighter samples all loaded OK.
B&W print comparison - Visually indistinguishable from the Jessops paper both show a rich, deep black and exhibit a good range of grey tones and all shades of grey from white to black are distinguishable on the grey scale wedges. Neither exhibit discernable bronzing or gloss differential.
|I2P Gloss B&W||Jessops Gloss B&W|
Colour print comparison - Visually indistinguishable from the Jessops paper, both exhibit some gloss differential / bronzing on the test image.
|I2P Gloss Colour||Jessops Gloss Colour|
|I2P Satin B&W||Jessops Satin B&W|
With the colour test the I2P looks slightly more saturated / brighter - particularly the yellows and reds. Gloss differential was present in both the colour prints.
|I2P Satin Colour||Jessops Satin Colour|
Costs: I2P A3 240 gsm = £25/25 sheets = £1/sheet, Jessops A3 240gsm = £14.25 / 25 sheets = £0.53 / sheet.
Line definition and image sharpness
I could see no detectable differences in definition / sharpness between any of these papers which gave very well detailed prints in all cases.
I2P Gloss / Satin Pros
I2P Gloss / Satin Cons
Gloss / Satin Paper Rating
A lovely paper to handle, similar surface texture to Hahnemuhle Albrecht Durer with the stiffness and weight of Photo Rag 308. A colour landscape print gave excellent fine detail and good colour using the Epson Velvet fine art setting, letting the printer manage colour.
Cotton Photo Rag 310
A very stiff paper with quite marked edge curl, plain matt surface with minimal texture (less than Hahnemuhle Photo Rag 308). A portrait of a young girl printed on it showed a pleasing rendition of skin tone with sharp and clear eye detail. The texture of the clothing was also well rendered. As good as anything I would expect from the Hahnemuhle equivalent (but what about archival quality?).
Cotton Museum 310
Another nice paper to handle, if anything it feels a little thicker than the others? I used it to print a B&W of a Snowy Owl in flight and got a top quality print on this paper. It exhibited a wide range of tones and a strong, rich black. There was good line detail in feathers and feather pattern. I experienced a few problems setting this one up with the printer reporting a couple of “Paper Skew” events before I finally got it to print (it seemed more difficult than the other samples to feed though the front paper slot).
Costs: I2P A3 = £2.50 /sheet, Hahnemuhle Photo rag 308 A3 = £2.60 /sheet
I2P Fine Art Paper Pros
I2P Fine Art Paper Cons
Fine Art Papers Rating: