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Old Jul 24, 2004, 11:43 AM   #1
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This is a correction to the orginal post. On paper #1 media s/b photo glossy.

I have tested a few papers using the 'printer test file' located on:


This is a jpeg file that contains a color chart, gray scale, portrait and other useful object. It must be unzipped. A print of this was initially done on canon pro paperand usedas abaselinefor comparison of other papers.

So far mypapers, in order of best to worst, are:

1) The pro gloss from http://www.freephotopaper.com/ProPaper.htmthat

Steve recommended to us. Printer media set to photoglossy.

2) Epson glossy photo paper (not premium glossy)with printer media set

toglossyphoto paper ANDprint driver set to manual color adjust with a -5

magenta setting. There are comments reusing this paper on canons at


3) Canon pro paper - the paper (glossy side) seems to have a yellow cast

4) IBM glossy cheap andpassable. Set media to glossy photo.

5) HP glossy - skintones are not good at all.

These tests are subjective and not every one willarrive atthe same conclusion.

In the futureI hope to try some Red river and Ilford papers.

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Old Aug 5, 2004, 3:42 PM   #2
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Is the canon Pro gloss (rated #1) the same as Canon Pro code PR-101 I have those and the prints are very good
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Old Aug 6, 2004, 10:55 PM   #3
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marz5, I really do not knowwhat the differencesare between the two papers that you mention. Realistically, all these plastic resin coated papers are producedat a handful of paper mills in this country.No printer manufacturer owns a paper mill.

If you are happy with the results (and cost) of a particular paper then continue using it.

It seems that people with a color darkroom background (myself included) can be very picky.Very simply, I get better results with other papers at equal or lower cost.

If you decide to try differentpapers (or ink),it is critical to producecalibration prints for each.

There seems to bequite a battle on these threads anytime non canon products are mentioned. The standard scare tactic seems to be "your prints will not last 25 years". IMHO neither will prints made on ANY paper using organic dye based inks available today.

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Old Aug 10, 2004, 12:00 PM   #4
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mfchupp, Could you tell me, please, what is the rationale for using Photo Glossy media setting with Canon Pro Gloss from FreePhotoPaper? In general how the driver media setting affects printer behaviour?
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Old Aug 12, 2004, 6:29 PM   #5
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Notko, it appears that media setting is anapproximate way to specify paper thickness.The canon pro paper from Freephotopaper is thicker than thepro paper from Canon printer company. The distanceof the paper surface from the ink nozzles does affect print quality. I did a test and found this setting appeared (my eyes) to be slightly better.
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Old Oct 9, 2004, 4:42 PM   #6
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Has anybody here tried Red River paper 68 lb Ultra pro gloss? I use it on my Canon i960 have great results.
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