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Author Topic: Fuji Frontier Chemical Matte - Same quality on Ink  (Read 2493 times)
davewolfs
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« on: September 10, 2006, 02:09:21 PM »
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Hello everyone,

I usually do my prints at the Lab where a Fuji Frontier is used.


For the most part, my prints are done using Matte. In my opinion the quality of prints is very nice.

I would like to know if it is possible to achieve the same quality as the Frontier using any of the newer inkjets i.e. Canon IPF5000, HP9180, Epson 4800.

If so, what type of paper should I be using, Matte or Luster?

Thanks,

Dave
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2006, 11:14:12 PM »
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Hello everyone,

I usually do my prints at the Lab where a Fuji Frontier is used.
For the most part, my prints are done using Matte. In my opinion the quality of prints is very nice.

I would like to know if it is possible to achieve the same quality as the Frontier using any of the newer inkjets i.e. Canon IPF5000, HP9180, Epson 4800.

If so, what type of paper should I be using, Matte or Luster?

Thanks,

Dave
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I think the Fuji Crystal Matte paper is more like semigloss or luster surface in inkjet terms; matte inkjet papers are completely different (although nice in their own way). To get the "look" of the prints you're used to a luster paper that isn't too "toothy" would probably be a good match, such as Ilford Smooth Pearl.

As to the quality issue, today inkjets are better than the Frontier lab prints by pretty much any measure you can think of: resolution, color gamut, dmax, even archival rating if you use pigment inks.
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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2006, 10:03:26 PM »
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The same Quality....It is a bit of an apples and oranges issue. You can repoduce a wider color range on inkjet, they last longer, you have more paper options, better dmax(if I rememeber correctly). Still they are different processes. I think the short answer is that you should find a good quality pigment print to be comparable to a good frontier print. Epson semi matte, legion photo satin, ilford smooth pearl, are all nice papers that have a nice RC base similar to what your used to. I havbe heard good things about breating colors glossy, also Inkpress puts out a cheap, but very nice lustre and glossy paper.

Get some one who knows what they are doing to print out a file for you and judge yourself. for glossy I think the K3 inkset is hard to beat.
Julian
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