Canson Baryta vs. Etching Rag vs. Epson Premium Luster

Started Mar 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Canson Baryta vs. Etching Rag vs. Epson Premium Luster

Paper choice is a very personal thing. It is based on your conception of how you want the final print to look, and is often very image specific. And if they are going under glass, some of the differences are moot.

Canson Baryta Photographique is 310 g/m², Epson Premium Lustre is 260 g/m², the baryta is a more substantial paper. The Canson is a baryta paper, it gets its whiteness from the barium sulphate layer, the Epson paper gets its whiteness from optical brightening agents (OBAs), and OBAs fade quickly over time and look less white under UV protective glass because the whiteness they produce comes from pushing the spectrum around the 230 nanometer mark, which is close to the UV area of the spectrum. The Canson paper is acid and lignin free, the Epson may be too, but I don't know.

In short, the Canson paper is of archival quality, the Epson is not. That isn't to say that Epson Premium Lustre is a bad paper, I use a lot of both these two papers

I don't use Edition Etching, but I use a similar paper from Hahnemühle, German Etching. The Canson paper is cotton rag, the Hahnemühle is made from wood pulp. It holds detail better than most textured papers but still retains its texture and feel in the white areas.

The smooth cotton rag papers are more popular with photographers than textured ones. Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 is probably the most widely used, but I have a preference for Canson Rag Photographique 310. The Hahnemühle paper contains a small amount of OBAs, the Canson has none. The Canson paper is a little smoother, although Hahnemühle do make an 'ultra smooth' version of their rag.

Brian A

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