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Epson Exhibition Fiber Paper - Silver Halide Inkjet

Postby JoePhoto » Nov Thu 01, 2007 4:11 pm

Epson has recently announced their gallery quality Exhibition Fiber Paper (EFP) under the Epson Professional label. What's so special about another inkjet paper? Well this one pays particular attention to the past and is the closest thing to a modern F-Surface Silver Halide paper available for inkjet. EFP boasts a D-Max of 2.7 which translates in some of the deepest blacks available and extraordinary subtle shadow details. This not nly bodes well for some of the best B&W prints available but shows a promise of silky smooth toned color prints.

Having seen some of this paper first hand in Vegas during Photoshop World 07 (courtesy of Vincent Versace,) and pressing my nose against it - it's the real deal! Vincent showed us this "top secret silver halide" inkjet paper during a private lesson on IR photography and printing. Alhough he couldn't reveal it's name or who made it, but it's clear that the recent EFP announcement is what we saw. If you're printing on K3 inks, you will deffinitely want to add this to your arsenal.

Scott Kelby wrote on the Photoshop Insider Blog:
The black and white reproduction on this paper is just off the charts for anything I’ve seen coming out of an inkjet, and I’m now spoiled to the point that I’m not sure I’ll be able to print on anything else. I really think the texture, look and feel of this new fiber-based paper is going to finally win over that last bastion of the photographer who was clinging on to the notion that lab prints were still king. This is that big a deal.

Also, I found this interesting; while this new Exhibition Fiber paper is now clearly THE paper for black and white, I was stunned by the quality and richness of the color reproduction as well. This paper is just sick!!! (in a really, really good way).



Available in mid November - Click here for more info on Epson's website.
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Postby JoePhoto » Jan Fri 18, 2008 9:41 pm

It's available at B&H! Not cheap stuff, but worth every penny.
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Postby TonyK » Jan Sat 19, 2008 6:30 am

You are trying to bankrupt me and with a possible move in store. That's not nice Joe! :cheese
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Postby mattchase » Jan Sat 19, 2008 10:04 am

dayum that is some expensive paper!
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Postby TonyK » Jan Sat 19, 2008 10:15 am

$60 for 25 sheets (8x10) is about $2.40 per page
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Postby JoePhoto » Jan Sun 20, 2008 9:04 am

Compared to lab printing, it's not that bad actually, especially for what you get with EFP.
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Postby TonyK » Jan Sun 20, 2008 9:12 am

May be Joe. But I may also be looking at another move and job change. Money will again be tight for a few years. I just hope this is the LAST one and that my wife will be happy with this choice.
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Postby JoePhoto » Jan Sun 20, 2008 3:48 pm

Tony these are clearly for "Fine Art" prints. I wouldn't suggest using this paper for family snapshots or anything. A personal art project, gallery presentation, or paying client would be the intended purpose.

Usually delivered matted or matted and framed, a single fine art image on this paper would be sold for much more than the cost of an entire pack of paper and the frame cost combined. Sell a handful and you just paid for your printer as well. You go from it costing money to it generating money.
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Postby TonyK » Jan Sun 20, 2008 6:38 pm

Joe,

I think you took my last response wrong. The paper looks great. Its intended use is known to me. I might be moving very soon was all.

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Postby JoePhoto » Jan Sun 20, 2008 8:44 pm

Gotcha - no worries.
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