Side-by-side comparison of two legendary fine art printing papers
UPDATE (Jan. 2020): Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique has been discontinued and is being reformulated and released in a new version II.
Below is a direct copy-and-paste from a Canson press release regarding the new Baryta Photographique II. Canson is also releasing a matt version.
Annonay, France, Dec. 19, 2019 — Canson® Infinity is evolving their Baryta Photographique range, which will consist of the new and improved Baryta Photographique II 310gsm as of January 2020to coincide with the new Baryta Photographique II Matt 310gsm as of Q2 2020, while the existing Baryta Photographique paper will be discontinued.
Driven to offer the best possible quality of fine art inkjet papers, the second generation of the Baryta Photographique range has improved handling and finishing characteristics. The new range is also evolving in size and is now available in sheets and rolls up to 60” wide, making it perfect for large-scale photography projects. This generation features a more structured surface aspect, reminiscent of traditional fiber-based darkroom papers.
Baryta Photographique II will be available starting from January 2020 and in Q2 2020 Canson Infinity will also be introducing the new Baryta Photographique II Matt. Equally benefitting from improved handling and finishing characteristics, it has a smooth matt surface finish, which accentuates the detail within the image.
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.
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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
Note: If you make a purchase through these links, I will earn a small commission from Amazon.
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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