Inkjet photo paper recommendations?


iceblinker

Link Posted 18/03/2009 - 18:15
Any recommendations for anything cheaper but almost as good as Epson Premium Glossy?

I want glossy, A4 and 6x4" and 7x5", ~180 gsm and 250+ gsm.
~Pete

ttk

Link Posted 18/03/2009 - 18:21
Galerie Paper here, link


ICC printer profiles here, link


I have a Canon Pro printer and this is the only paper I use now.
Tel,

Anvh

Link Posted 18/03/2009 - 18:25
Epson Glossy is concidered better by most users, tests and reviews
I've some A4 here, they are 225 g/m2.

Don't know how much cheaper they are but I've bought some packs of 2 for 1.
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ

hefty1

Link Posted 18/03/2009 - 18:26
Another vote for Ilford Galerie from me - I use it exclusively with genuine Epson inks and the results never disappoint.

I prefer the "Smooth Gloss" to "Classic Gloss" but they're all good.

edit: whoops! Got my classics and smooths mixed up.
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Last Edited by hefty1 on 18/03/2009 - 18:28

Anvh

Link Posted 18/03/2009 - 18:26
ttk wrote:
Galerie Paper here, link


ICC printer profiles here, link


I have a Canon Pro printer and this is the only paper I use now.

I have a normall Canon but only use the epson paper with the Ilford colour profile, works great though but will try Ilford when I'm out off paper.
Stefan


K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
AF-540FGZ

johnriley

Link Posted 18/03/2009 - 18:33
Jessops paper is actually very good.
Best regards, John

Briamb

Link Posted 18/03/2009 - 19:22
I have 2 Epson Photo Printers and a Canon Photo Printer used many types of photo paper over the years I would look at 7 day shop they have some Inkrite 260g/m2 going cheapwith no delivery charges. I am using at the moment with good results. They also do their own brand 6x4 270gsm in 100sheet boxes very good The more expensive ICI Olmec is excellent if you find it at a reasonable price. They all give good results on my printers.
Brian
K-m DSLR 18-55mm 50-200mm Len Kit Sony H9 Casio EX Z500

iceblinker

Link Posted 18/03/2009 - 22:20
Thanks very much for all the suggs. I'm going try the Inkrite and 7DayShop stuff. Those are the kind of prices I was looking for.
~Pete

ttk

Link Posted 18/03/2009 - 22:23
When you have done some testing let us know your findings please.
Tel,

mikew

Link Posted 18/03/2009 - 22:29
I have a Canon printer, using Canon ink and find that Canon paper delivers predictable results but is pretty rubbish at large areas of green (but predictably)! I to will try the Ilford paper when I need more glossy paper.

Hmm, you've made me think about an A3 printer now you rotter. A4 isn't big enough but I felt too poor to get an A3 printer when I was looking. I have had a couple of good months perhaps if it's 3 in a row ...

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iceblinker

Link Posted 18/03/2009 - 22:31
Will do, Tel. I'll mention how I think it compares to Epson Premium.

I was quite pleased with a sample pack of paper from Inkexpress.co.uk (supplied with ink) - but they're not as cheap as 7DayShop when postage is taken into account.

Re A3 printers: Fortunately I don't really have the space for one, otherwise I would have been tempted too!
~Pete
Last Edited by iceblinker on 18/03/2009 - 22:33

rbubbly

Link Posted 19/03/2009 - 13:53
I find Ilford my pick. Not that others are that bad.
Rbubbly
K20D, *istDL, MZ5, MX and MV
Leuven Belgium

iceblinker

Link Posted 21/03/2009 - 12:25
I've now received and tested some Inkrite and 7DayShop paper.

Inkrite Professional Photo Gloss 260 GSM: Disappointing. There's the mottled effect in the solid blue sky part of my test print that you see in cheap low-quality paper.

7DayShop Glossy 270 GSM: Thin for the claimed weight, but excellent, at least as good as Epson Premiumm, and whiter.
~Pete

iceblinker

Link Posted 21/03/2009 - 13:02
Also good is Tesco Glossy Photo Paper - now 4.58 for 50 sheets of A4.

Tesco Value is awful though.
~Pete

fatspider

Link Posted 22/03/2009 - 10:59
I suppose the answer should be, how long do you want your prints to last? other brand papers may not have the longevity of genuine Epson papers if used with genuine inks.
Having said that, I always had a preferance for Epson Premium Photo Glossy despite using brand X ink, I tried cheaper papers which were ok for occasional prints but always went back to Epson, However, since getting an A3 printer I have had to set my sights lower as the A3 Epson paper is extortionately expensive, I shopped around and came up with this on ebay link So far the results have been amazing, every bit as good as Epson at a fraction of the price, you could enquire as to the availability in you prefered size.
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