Recommendation for photo paper brand and supplier in UK please

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Synapse Syndrome, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. I am looking for recommendations for a supplier of high quality inkjet photo
    paper in the UK.

    Thanks.

    ss.
     
    Synapse Syndrome, Feb 16, 2008
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    Woody Guest



    Would help to know what type of paper you want (surface/weight) and what
    model of printer you have.

    Having said that the gloss paper occassionally sold by Aldi or Lidl
    takes some beating, and any of the own brand paper sold by Partner (now
    branded Ryman) will satisfy most needs.
     
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    measekite, Feb 16, 2008
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  4. I have a Canon Pixma i4500. I would have thought that a photo paper
    supplier would have a range to choose from. I actually want all sorts, but
    at the moment, just 4x6" and 8x10". Not sure if the classic 8x10" size is
    so popular these days, but A4 is not only a bit too large, it's also far too
    common to the eye. I am looking for glossy generally, but also want some
    satin or matt 4x6" sheets. Differeny weights too - around 250gsm for the
    large sheets and as low as 120gsm for the smaller sheets, in both gloss and
    satin or matt.
    I was looking for an internet supplier rather than highstreet, but if there
    are good highstreet options I'll look into them.

    ss.
     
    Synapse Syndrome, Feb 16, 2008
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    Paul Giverin Guest

    I have the Pixma ip4200. I had some Kodak Ultima (Kodak's top quality)
    which was fine with my previous printer but produced banding with the
    ip4200. I now use Epson Premium Pro which gives excellent results with
    the Canon.

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    Paul Giverin

    British Jet Engine Website:- www.britjet.co.uk

    My photos:- www.pbase.com/vendee
     
    Paul Giverin, Feb 16, 2008
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    Woody Guest

    The only thing you have to watch is the absorbency of the paper and
    consequent drying time. Epson works exceedingly well I will admit, but
    it can take an hour to dry properly and always feels sticky. Canon paper
    on the other hand dries fully in about ten minutes and feels smooth when
    finished.

    If not using Canon paper for 6x4 prints Fuji is pretty cheap and works
    well as (again) does the Rex brand sold by Aldi/Lidl (can't remember
    which.)

    You will have great difficulty finding 10x8 photo paper - better buy a
    good roller cutter and print at 10x8 on A4 and slice it down.

    The Partner/Ryman (and as was Stationery Box) is about £3.99 for 25
    sheets and they often do BOGOF. It is available in gloss, satin, lustre,
    and matt and is generally around 200-220gm weight (as are most papers.)

    If you can find any, paper by Felix Schoeller is some of the best I have
    ever found, but I bought that in (I think) Germany. I have a box of
    230gm inkjet paper (card?) - not photo - in front of me and it is just
    soooooo smooooooth.
     
    Woody, Feb 17, 2008
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    measekite Guest

    While Canon touts their own paper they do say there are many other
    brands that work well with their ink. They did mention Epson paper.
    But they did say that Kodak paper is one brand that for some reason does
    not produce good results.

    I have used paper from Costco believed to be Ilford, Office Depot and
    SureThing with good results.
     
    measekite, Feb 18, 2008
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    Andrew Haley Guest

    I guess it depends on what you mean when you say "high quality". If
    you mean *really* high quality, Hahnemuehle:

    http://www.hahnemuehle.com/

    The have suppliers in the UK.

    Andrew.
     
    Andrew Haley, Mar 1, 2008
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    medico Guest

    Try http://www.7dayshop.com/ their own brand a4 glossy is great stuff, I use
    it for wedding photos,
    I use an Epson r1800 which use pigmented ink in a CIS.

    7dayshop Inkjet Paper TWIN PACK - A4 Glossy Super Heavyweight 270gsm -
    2 x 40 Sheets - Code31
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    One bit of advice is to profile your ink/paper for your printer you won't
    regret it.

    David
     
    medico, Mar 4, 2008
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    medico Guest

    Try http://www.7dayshop.com/ their own brand a4 glossy is great stuff, I use
    it for wedding photos,
    I use an Epson r1800 which use pigmented ink in a CIS.

    7dayshop Inkjet Paper TWIN PACK - A4 Glossy Super Heavyweight 270gsm -
    2 x 40 Sheets - Code31
    SAVE MORE WITH THIS TWIN PACK !…this is the best quality and best
    value inkjet paper you have ever used or your money back ! Please take our
    word for ... [read more] ... [#99702] £27.00 £11.99
    VAT FREE
    STOCK-PLENTY


    One bit of advice is to profile your ink/paper for your printer you won't
    regret it.

    David
     
    medico, Mar 4, 2008
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    The One Guest

    Now seriously he needs to know.....
     
    The One, Mar 5, 2008
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    Duncan Guest

    There are just so many permutations with inks/papers and make of printer
    that only by testing yourself IME works.

    Obviously the best starting point in own manufacturers and inks. However if
    you are with a photo group see if you can swap a sheet to try for a test.

    One surprise recently was 50 sheets A4 glossy from Asda. A lightweight paper
    180gsm that was £5.97 but with an HP printer using Vivera HP inks it
    produced amazing tonal range in the shadow to midtones. It does however
    require careful handling and long drying times as the surface scratches very
    easily.

    I also bought Fuji Multijet 270gsm gloss and was blocking in the shadows and
    very neutral tones. I had bought by necessity as that was all they had when
    I needed paper Kodak Ultima. The light fastness of this paper is
    extraordinary. Colours are quite bright and punch though.
     
    Duncan, Apr 10, 2008
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