We have received a batch of Museum Heritage 310 paper from PermaJet to test and present to LEMAG readers.
Before starting our tests we downloaded the ICC profile off the PermaJet website. After a few initial test prints we decided to print for this review a mixture of images ranging from long exposure, flowers and architecture, both in colour and monochrome. These are the same images we used testing other papers so as to have the best comparison. All images were printed on the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer using OEM inks. Our 27-inch Mac monitor was calibrated with Datacolor SpyderX Elite.
A rigid paper that is quite thick but not so stiff as to require feeding into the printer through the heavy media chute. It feels very solid to the touch. Its texture is immediately visible.
This paper consists of a 25% cotton and a 75% alpha cellulose base which features the same surface as the original Museum 310 paper but comes complete with a new coating that provides increased image and shadow detail. It looks very white which reassured us in the feeling that our test images would print very well on this paper. What was not instantly clear to us was how midtowns and rich blacks would be rendered, especially that the paper has a high DMAX value. This was what we were most looking forward to seeing.
The new coating also has improved ink retention to avoid the “rub-off” that was present with the original Museum 310 paper.
The colour images we have selected provide a wide paper testing range for shadows, highlights, midtones and deep blacks. In all colour printed images the white base worked well and we did not notice any saturation restrain. Colour gamut is wide and both blacks and whites are strong with very good tonal definition.
This paper is excellent for monochrome printing, giving strong blacks and a wide tonal range with smooth gradations between tones. In spite of our initial wariness, the paper proved to render shadows and blacks exceptionally well. So well that we printed a few more images on it, which we will present in our ‘Talking Pictures’ on our YouTube channel.
The white textured base works exceptionally well for land and seascapes as well as for architectural shots. Wherever fine details make a significant contribution to the impact of the image (for example in the floral and Venice architecture shots) this paper gave outstanding results creating prints that are very pleasing to the eye.
Conclusion and Our Final Verdict:
Мuѕеum Неrіtаgе 310gsm paper from PermaJet, tested on a variety of very different images has yielded instant results with true-to-screen rendition. The textured, matte finish is an excellent choice for those photographers who favour rich rendition of shadows and blacks while retaining the same qualities in the highlights. As the name suggest this is an excellent choice for those who want to exhibit their images in exceptional, long-lasting quality.
We recommend taking this paper into consideration when choosing one for printing, especially for landscapes, floral and long exposure images.