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« on: September 26, 2006, 07:32:47 AM »
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Ilford recently issued the following press release

"Harman Technology, the British-based company that manufactures Ilford Photo products, will launch a hybrid inkjet paper at Photokina next week, which is claimed to deliver black-and-white output on a par with its traditional silver halide monochrome papers.

The Professional Photo papers are the first inkjet materials to be produced under the Harman banner since the company took over Ilford Photo's operations in a management buyout two years ago, and they are unique in incorporating Baryta, a material used in traditional photography for decades which no-one has hitherto harnessed for digital output.

'Since the rise of digital photography, professional photographers have struggled to create inkjet prints that are worthy of sale,' says Howard Hopwood of Harman. 'With our new Baryta range, we believe we have found a solution, providing media that will reflect the quality of the image and create a robust print that is of museum quality.'

Baryta coatings were originally introduced to the Ilfobrom Galerie FB and Multigrade IV FB papers and then more recently adapted for its Galerie FB Digital fibre-base paper for use with digital laser printers (See next week's BJP for a detailed report on this). The Baryta coating sits above the fibre base of the new inkjet papers but underneath the active and protective coating layers. It prevents the emulsions soaking into the fibre base, which the manufacturer says enhances the detail of images. 'Added to this,' says Harman, 'the Baryta improves the depth and quality of printed blacks, whilst also enhancing the whiteness of the fibre base; allowing a much broader tonal range with greater detail in shadows and highlights.'

'Photographic inkjet media have traditionally been born from a paper manufacturing heritage, but we believe our products are the first inkjet media to be born from technology, science and expertise founded in traditional photographic products,' says Hopwood. 'We believe there is no real comparison available in the inkjet market today. By using the same plant, the same equipment and the same development experts for our inkjet products as we use for our traditional monochrome photographic products, we have helped to bridge the gap in quality, essence and archival properties that has existed between traditional photographic prints and inkjet prints since the dawn of digital photography.'

Harman Professional Photo Inkjet paper will be available in both gloss and matt versions, both of which come in A3, A3+ and A4 sizes, and are 300gsm. Harman adds that the matt paper is compatible with both pigment-based inks and dye-based inks, while the gloss version is only compatible with dye-based inks.

Prices and availability have not been announced yet. Visit www.harmantechnology.com for further details."
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2006, 08:30:21 AM »
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Ilford recently issued the following press release

"Harman Technology, the British-based company that manufactures Ilford Photo products, will launch a hybrid inkjet paper at Photokina next week, which is claimed to deliver black-and-white output on a par with its traditional silver halide monochrome papers.
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2006, 12:38:24 AM »
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It is my impression that this is not an inkjet paper, but a light-sensitive paper for Lightjet type printers.


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Baryta coatings were originally introduced to the Ilfobrom Galerie FB and Multigrade IV FB papers and then more recently adapted for its Galerie FB Digital fibre-base paper for use with digital laser printers (See next week's BJP for a detailed report on this)
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2006, 02:56:07 AM »
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The report is pretty emphatic that it's an inkjet paper,

"will launch a hybrid inkjet paper at Photokina next week"
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2006, 03:45:09 PM »
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Ilford recently issued the following press release

"Harman Technology, the British-based company that manufactures Ilford Photo products, will launch a hybrid inkjet paper at Photokina next week, which is claimed to deliver black-and-white output on a par with its traditional silver halide monochrome papers.

The Professional Photo papers are the first inkjet materials to be produced under the Harman banner since the company took over Ilford Photo's operations in a management buyout two years ago, and they are unique in incorporating Baryta, a material used in traditional photography for decades which no-one has hitherto harnessed for digital output.

'Since the rise of digital photography, professional photographers have struggled to create inkjet prints that are worthy of sale,' says Howard Hopwood of Harman. 'With our new Baryta range, we believe we have found a solution, providing media that will reflect the quality of the image and create a robust print that is of museum quality.
Baryta coatings were originally introduced to the Ilfobrom Galerie FB and Multigrade IV FB papers and then more recently adapted for its Galerie FB Digital fibre-base paper for use with digital laser printers (See next week's BJP for a detailed report on this). The Baryta coating sits above the fibre base of the new inkjet papers but underneath the active and protective coating layers. It prevents the emulsions soaking into the fibre base, which the manufacturer says enhances the detail of images. 'Added to this,' says Harman, 'the Baryta improves the depth and quality of printed blacks, whilst also enhancing the whiteness of the fibre base; allowing a much broader tonal range with greater detail in shadows and highlights.'

'Photographic inkjet media have traditionally been born from a paper manufacturing heritage, but we believe our products are the first inkjet media to be born from technology, science and expertise founded in traditional photographic products,' says Hopwood. 'We believe there is no real comparison available in the inkjet market today. By using the same plant, the same equipment and the same development experts for our inkjet products as we use for our traditional monochrome photographic products, we have helped to bridge the gap in quality, essence and archival properties that has existed between traditional photographic prints and inkjet prints since the dawn of digital photography.'

Harman Professional Photo Inkjet paper will be available in both gloss and matt versions, both of which come in A3, A3+ and A4 sizes, and are 300gsm. Harman adds that the matt paper is compatible with both pigment-based inks and dye-based inks, while the gloss version is only compatible with dye-based inks.

Prices and availability have not been announced yet. Visit www.harmantechnology.com for further details."
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It's already the end of day 2 at Photokina. Is there any news on this new paper? And the way I read the above report, each paragraph makes mention of it being an inkjet paper. Is there something there that I'm not reading to indicate it is not an inkjet paper?
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2006, 10:22:33 PM »
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This press release can be found on the Harman website, found here:

http://www.ilfordphoto.com/home.asp

Welcome to the ILFORD Photo Website

HARMAN technology at PHOTOKINA 2006

Photokina is the biggest photographic exhibition in the world and the timing of this yearís exhibition in Cologne (26th September - 1st October) could not be better to demonstrate to the photographic world how much progress HARMAN technology has made in the two years since buying the ILFORD black and white business out of receivership.

Taking primary position on the ILFORD Photo stand will be the new ILFORD Galerie FB Digital paper which is making its world debut at Photokina. This unique product allows digital images to be printed on real Photo Baryta paper to give a genuine silver gelatin image.

We will be showing all our well-established black and white products as well as those only recently announced. These will include ILFORD HARMAN Warmtone and Cooltone developers and the ILFORD HARMAN Selenium Toner.
For more detailed information and details of where to find us at the exhibition: please follow the link: http://www.ilfordphoto.com/pressroom/article.asp?n=52
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2006, 04:26:19 AM »
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It seems that perhaps confusion is arising because there seems to be two papers being released at Photokina by Harman Technologies - Ilford papers.

The first is the ILFORD GALERIE FB DIGITAL which was announced around the 11th August, and can be used by Lambda, Lightjet printers, and being released at Photokina. The second is "Harman Professional Photo Inkjet Paper" to be used by inkjet printers, also being released at Photokina, with rumblings (whether correct or not I cannot comment), that it may not available for general sale until later in the year.

We'll just have to wait and see the reports from those who are in the thick of it!
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2007, 04:30:42 AM »
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I've tried the harman baryta FB matt paper on my R2400 and it produced a lovely B&W print.  I Used the advance B&W mode with the PK ink just to test the paper.  very pleased with the result.  Harman have a ICC profile for the paper but it uses the MK ink.  going to get a profile made for the PK ink
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2007, 05:53:50 AM »
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Interesting, I would imagine that PK would produce a much shallower black with less contrast.
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« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2007, 03:19:08 AM »
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The Haman Matt FB Mp paper has been in the market for months by now.  The new Harman Gloss FB Baryta paper will be released soon.  Ilford shipped samples to Richard Lohmann.  He tested them and was pleased with the results.  Probably the closest to darkroom fiber paper prints.  MR has invited Richard to write another essay on the topic, so he is working to cover all the new papers.

http://www.calumetphoto.com/item/IL90908/
http://www.adorama.com/HRHMF1750.html

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I've tried the harman baryta FB matt paper on my R2400 and it produced a lovely B&W print.† I Used the advance B&W mode with the PK ink just to test the paper.† very pleased with the result.† Harman have a ICC profile for the paper but it uses the MK ink.† going to get a profile made for the PK ink
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