08 July, 2016

Epson Legacy Papers - Australia

Zeiss Loxia 50mm - Santa Monica Pier [Click image to enlarge]

At the end of last year I wrote about the (seemingly) impending introduction of Epson's new line of Legacy Papers. Epson has now officially announced the papers in the US with a press release last month. That US release, however, wasn't mirrored on either Epson's international site or their Australian. And, I think it's telling that the Australian market is entirely lacking the preview information that has been all over the US wide-format printer paper market.

There are, of course, ways to get the new papers through overseas delivery. While B&H won't ship the Legacy papers to Australia, Adorama will (25 sheets of A3+) for US$145.00. The only hitch is that the shipping is $92.60. That's brings the cost to US9.50/sheet. Regardless of price, I'm not interested in sourcing paper through overseas deliveries.

The short version is that I'm not going to be testing the Legacy papers in the near future. I'm only going to test what I might be using myself and that means papers available through the regular channels here in Australia.

I suspect that the Legacy Baryta and Legacy Platine are made by Canson in any case, and I'm quite happy with those papers under the Canson banner. Since the Epson versions seem to be more expensive, they probably have their own formulae and those might have some useful improvements.

The Legacy Paper that most intrigues me, however, is Epson Legacy Fibre, which appears to be a matte paper with enough holdout to be able to accomodate photo black ink. That I'd like to try — seemingly, not for a while.

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