Epson trotted out a new line of photo papers at PhotoPlus Expo aimed at photographers and artists seeking to exhibit and sell their output to collectors, museums, galleries and other discerning buyers.
Dubbed the Legacy Papers, Epson said they’re manufactured in a pair of European paper mills. The base paper is made in France while the coating is applied in Germany. They’ll feature a microporous inkjet receiver layer that Epson claims will produce deep blacks, an expanded color gamut and smooth tonal gradations. They’ll initially be sold in rolls beginning in December with cut sheets available starting in 2016. Epson will also provide custom sizes for both cut sheets and rolls for customers as well.
The paper lineup will include:
- Legacy Platine: a 100 percent cotton fibre paper with an OBA-free, smooth satin finish. It has a color gamut of over 1 million and a Dmax of 2.7.
- Legacy Fibre: 100 percent cotton fibre paper with a bright OBA-free, smooth matte finish.
- Legacy Baryta: a baryta paper with a white, smooth satin finish, utilizing two barium sulfate coatings. Epson says the baryta paper is unique on the market, since it has a pair of layers separating the baryta base and inkjet coating which will make the paper tougher than traditional baryta
- Legacy Etching: Epson says the Etching paper has a traditional etching paper feel and is composed of 100 percent cotton fibre paper with a matte finish. It’s also OBA free.
Cut sheet sizes will include 8.5 x 11, 13 x 19 and 17 x 22. Roll sizes will cover 17 x 50, 24 x 50, 44 x 50 and 60 x 50. Prices have not been announced.
The Legacy Papers have already been tested for print permanence by Wilhelm Imaging Research. When produced using Epson’s HD and HDK inks, color prints on Legacy papers will last for 200 years and black-and-white prints will reach 400 years of light fastness.
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