I’ve just received my virgin shipment of Moab Entrada Natural 190gsm photo paper and tested a few prints on it.
It looks and feels a lot like Hahnemuhle Photo Rag. In fact, they both share very similar characteristics – they aren’t really bright white papers unlike Epson Enhanced Matte, the default paper I use for my Classic FineArt PhotoAlbum. And they are both slightly textured but not as rough as Hahnemuhle German Etching or Albrecth Durer.
The paper comes with some very impressive specifications – dual-sided coating (which means you can print on both sides), 100% lignin-free and comes with no optical brighteners. The dual-sided coating is certainly very good news for me as I can now use this paper for my entire series of FineArt PhotoAlbums including the FineArt PhotoBook which requires photos to be printed on both sides of the paper.
Here’s a sample print I made on my Epson 4800 using the default ICC profile I downloaded from Moab Paper website.
Printer – Epson Stylus Pro 4800. Mode – Advanced B&W.
Default ICC profile downloaded from Moab website.
Prints scanned on Epson Perfection 4990.
The Hahnemuhle Photo Rag has been one of my long time favorites along with the Satin version. The Moab Entrada Natural certainly adds a new option for me in terms of choices of photo papers I now have. Certainly, the ability to print on both sides makes this paper a very versatile option. And yes, it’s a little cheaper than Hahnemuhle Photo Rag too.