There now seem to be at least five or six of these expensive FB glossy papers out there - the group that started with Crane Museo Silver Rag last winter. I've been able to find five, plus two variants so far
Crane Museo Silver Rag
Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl
Innova F-Type Gloss (with two variants- warmtome and satin)
Oriental Graphica FB Glossy
The only one I've been able to find a sample to print on is Fine Art Pearl, and they're somewhat expensive to go out and buy a roll of all seven to test
Michael's review of three of the seven seems to suggest that the Hahnemuhle and the Innova are more pleasing in general than the Crane. He seems to prefer the Innova, although with slight reservations about the stipple. Other online reviews often prefer the Hahnemuhle, and many agree with Michael that the Crane is the least impressive.
I've seen no reviews at all of either the Oriental or Lexjet papers (or the two Innova variants). The Oriental seems especially interesting, given Oriental's pedigree as one of the major suppliers of wet darkroom papers.
Does anyone here have comparative experience of several of these papers, especially the ones nobody's reviewed online?
I'll be using both a Canon iPF 5000 and an Epson 4800 (two different locations). Is one of these papers preferable on one printer, and a different one on the other printer?
I don't know about the blanket statement about the Crane's. I think it really depends on what the image content is when choosing a paper. I recently helped a client choose a paper for her project and we all liked the Crane's over the Hahnemühle Fine Art Pearl for that particular project
. It was a little warmer and softer...and worked very well for this project. The FAP, by comparison, was a bit too harsh.
The Innova Fiba Gloss seems to perform well, but I don't like the texture at all. Its very machined looking and too intrusive for my tastes. Myself, I like the Hahnemühle paper. Its too bad the B9180/Vivera combination handles it so poorly!
So who cares what Michael thinks! Just kidding. I say make your own decision based on what your images look like. All three perform well, but all have their own personality.