Originally Posted by Saul
Do you think the Cone paper will shine even outside of Pieziography inkset?
I think if you like Canson Photographique that you will also love Canson Platine Fibre Rag and the Jon Cone Type 5.
The Platine Fibre Rag I sometimes use the Photographique Baryta curves. Seems like the coating (Baryta) is the same. This is why I asked Robert Rodriguez the difference because in printing the images looked the same and the quality of the paper white seemed the same. Pretty much the difference is the feel of the paper. To me rag is a tactile experience that is wonderful to feel in the hand. The Platine is smooth, but not as smooth as the cellulose Photographique Baryta.
The Jon Cone Type 5 I believe is beloved by some color printers. This is also a Baryta coated paper that is not as smooth as the Canson papers. The voicing of this paper is in the mids for my B&W printing. The Canson papers I think print a blacker-black. I love the satin finish. Not a true glossy IMHO like the two above Canson papers.
There is a third Canson paper that was released about two years ago called "Prestige." The weight is heavier and it is a blend of cellulose and rag with a Baryta coating, but the bad is that it has trace/small/minimal OBA's which kills my interest.
I have two sample packs of two sheets of the new "Prestige," and if you would like one I'll mail you one if you PM me your snail mail. I think the idea here was to get a heavier weight paper that has the smoothness of the Photographique but with the feel of the Platine Fibre Rag. Know that this paper is mucho expensive. I can also send you a post card sized image on Jon Cone Type 5 as an example.
I have not printed on Crane's Silver Rag, but basically Jon Cone Type 5 is an enhanced clone. I would also look at Crane's Silver Rag. Allegedly the JC Type 5 is optimized for a blacker-black using Piezography inks.
BTW the JC Type 5 strongly resembles a wet print, and I think that is its intention. The Canson papers have a blacker-black and because of this an enhanced contrast. No favorite here. It all depends on the image, yet the prints can be displayed side by side even though on different papers. I like this flexibility.