Has anybody experimented seriously with Hahnenmuehle Fine Art Pearl for printing colour photographs?
It seems that most everybody (certainly the reviews I have read) are talking about using these sort of papers (i.e. HFAP, Silver Rag, Innova etc) for printing B&W.
I would be interested if anybody would have any comments for color printing. I would be interested in trying this paper for printing color wildlife photos with Epson K3 (PK) inks. Comparison to fine-art matte and lustre RC papers would be useful.
The Fine Art Pearl is really in a category of its own. While it does not necessarily perform any better than papers like Premium Luster (in terms of d-max, color gamut, etc) it does retain some of the characteristics of a fine art media. It performs much better than the best of the matte medias.
I use it for color quite frequently (as well as B&W) when I want vibrant color and snappy blacks, but want something a little more distinguished than Premium Luster. I think the best thing you could do is buy a small box or a few sample sheets and try it yourself. I use the Premium Semigloss setting with an ICC profile of my own creation.