What is your experience with the HP Hahnemuhle Smooth Fine Art and Textured Fine Art papers? I'm thinking of getting a 24" roll of each, in the 310 GSM weight.
The questions that I have are:
1) Is there much difference between the 265 GSM and 310 GSM? The prints will be framed behind glass.
2) How fragile are the surfaces?
3) How good are the blacks, dynamic range and color reproduction, compared with, say, Epson Enhanced Matte, HP Premier ID Satin, and Epson Premium Luster? I know that matte has less contrast and not as deep a black as Satin or Luster, but how much less is the Hahnemuhle?
4) How textured is the HP Hahnemuhle TFA paper? I love the Bergger Pn33 paper, which is highly textured but does not come in rolls.
6) I believe these papers do not use optical brighteners. How white are the whites, and are they neutral in tone?
6) Has anybody had pinch roller marks or starwheel marks with either of these papers in the 310 gsm variety (using the original rollers and starwheel assembly)? I have not had problems yet with my original parts on the Z3100.
I know: a lot of questions, but I would appreciate answers to any that you can.
1 No the framed look should be alike. In fact the thinner paper avoids any risk of head strikes, but the thicker paper avoids any handling marks.
2 I'd say fairly fragile. As all pigment prints go, they are easily scratched. Not to the paper white but a density line will occur if scratched. I haven't seen any flaking on these papers, nor too many white spots from dust on the surface, although a brushing before printing a gallery print might be in order.
3 I find the blacks on the HP paper superior to OEM Hahnemuhle papers. I haven't done enough testing on all the surfaces, but did so for HPR compared to Smooth FA. BTW, Smooth FA is similar to Epson EM.
4 I think it is quite textured. You should have had a sheet in the sample pack with the printer. I only printed some samples as textured media is not my cup of tea.
5 No they all have OBA. Not that much but enough to make the media brighter, substantially so compared to true rag non OBA media.
6 Nope, no wheel marks on the HP media. Come to think of it, other some funky experimentation with rigid FA sheets which showed the under side wheel marks, I never saw any marks on any fine art media. Surprisingly the heavy textured boards' surfaces were not affected by the transport.