Side-by-side comparison of two legendary fine art printing papers
Video for new Baryta Photographique II
UPDATE (June 2020): Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique has been replaced by a new version — Baryta Photographique II. Click to watch my new comparison blog post and video illustrating the print quality and surface characteristics of the new Baryta Photographique II paper or watch it on YouTube here.
This is just a short video comparing the surfaces of two highly-respected baryta surface inkjet papers. See the paper surfaces up-close and side-by-side. Hahnemühle and Canson both make great papers for fine art and commercial photography applications. Both are legacy European companies that have made artists papers since the 1500s. Both papers are museum quality. How do their most popular papers compare?
By the way, this article was not sponsored by anyone and I received no paid endorsements.
Above: a side-by-side comparison with the Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique on the left and Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta on the right. Note the Canson features a stippled texture while the Hahnemuhle features a surface more like the traditional darkroom fiber-based prints I have seen. Both are gorgeous.
The Hahnemuhle paper is 325 gsm, which is very thick. I had to open the platen gap on my printer to a wider setting and feed it through the rear manual-feed slot to get it to flow properly. Prior to that, it went through the printer but showed impression lines from the printer’s rollers.
Test the papers yourself
You can buy boxes of 8.5 x 11-inch papers to make your own test prints on Amazon here:
Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique — Acid Free, 8.5 x 11 Inch, White, 25 Sheets
Hahnemuhle Fine Art Baryta — Ultra Smooth High Gloss, Bright White Inkjet Paper, 325gsm, 8.5×11″, 25 Sheets
In the end, I decided to go with the Hahnemuhle, but also will be keeping the Baryta Photographique as a backup.
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