ILFORD Gold Fiber Rag 270gsm
GALERIE Gold Fibre Rag continues ILFORd expansion of the Baryta and Baryta like product portfolio with a unique soft textured and a semi-gloss finish.
lford has a long history in photographic printing media, with 140 years of experience in black and white photo media and a little less in colour materials (which include the renowned Cibachrome media for printing transparencies). So it’s to be expected that they would know how to make excellent inkjet media.
The original company was taken over by Harman Technology Ltd in 2005, before merging with Kentmere in 2007 and then being purchased by Pemberstone Ventures Limited in 2015. The Swiss part of the company and the inkjet media plant at Marly was bought by the Oji Paper Company of Japan in July 2005 and subsequently by Paradigm Global Partners LLP in May 2010.
The ‘Ilford Imaging’ brand and trademarks (but not the Marly plant) was subsequently acquired by CR Kennedy & Company Pty Ltd (which distributes the papers in Australia) and Japan-based Chugai Photo Chemical Company. The Galerie range of papers was re-launched in August 2014 by Ilford Imaging Europe, which is now based in Germany.
ILFORD Gold Fiber Rag 270gsm – test images choice
We have received a batch of Gold Fiber Rag 270gsm paper from ILFORD to test and present to LEMAG readers.
Before starting our tests we downloaded the ICC profile off the Ilford 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.
There are the same images we used testing other papers so to have best comparison.
All images were printed on Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer using OEM inks.
Our 27-inch Mac monitor was calibrated with @datacolurSpyderX 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 has a similar restrained pearl finish to the Gold Fibre Pearl paper but a clean, white base due to the presence of optical brighteners. This paper showed no curling after printing. The instant-dry nanoporous surface simulates the look and feel of a traditional photographic print. The print is ready for framing almost as soon as it has been printed.
The colour images we have selected provide a wide paper testing range for shadows, highlights, midtowns 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. It works well with toned images. Cooler tones are favoured by the white base of the paper; we have noticed a slight reduction in warmer tones but this does not affect the overall quality of a print.
The white base works very well for or landscapes and architectural shots where fine details make a significant contribution to the impact of the image. The soft semi-glass finish adds greatly to the final print keeping it free of any unwanted reflections.
Conclusion and our final verdict:
Gold Fiber Rag 270gsm ILFORD paper, tested on variety of very different images has yielded instant results with true-to-scree rendition. The semi-glass finish is an excellent choice for those photographers who favour neither matte not full gloss and the surface works very well when exhibiting images, keeping it free of reflections and giving well-pronounced tones both in colour and monochrome images.
We recommend taking this paper into consideration when choosing one for printing, especially for landscapes, floral and long exposure images.
Below are the images we printed on ILFORD Gold Fiber Rag 270gsm: