Generations 5 observations
Title: Generations 5 observations
Thanks to a kind member of this list(Bob Snow), I had the
opportunity to see a few prints using the new Generation5 inkset from
mediastreet.com. Bob has commented on his observations and I
felt that it would be good for me to do the same.
Two papers were tested, Epson Semi-gloss
and Epson Archival matte, using a standard calibration file with the
Ole no moire, a blk to white stepwedge and the fuji target with some
skin tones and products. The printer was a 6 color Epson 1270. There
were two files tested: One was a full color image and another was a
slightly warm/neutral rendition of the same file.
I would say that they are very nice on coated watercolor papers with a
very similar look to Gen4 and probably about 10-15% less metamarism to
my eye. I found the shadows to have much too much bronzing on
Epson Semigloss. There may be other papers that will look
better, but the Epson Semi gloss paper has a strange sheen in the dark
80% areas. What I found interesting was that as I turned it a
little bit under a D50 lightbox, the warm/neutral print shifted
between green and magenta, almost like a lenticular image from a
cracker jack box that changes as you turn it. Very odd!
This was only evident with the Epson semigloss. The warm to
neutral Archival Matte print didn't shift too much between D50, warm
flourescent and very warm tungsten, but there was definately some
By the way, the yellow is bright and on the warm side. Very nice in my
opinion. More testing on various semi-gloss/gloss papers needs
to be done of course, so if anyone else is using them, please post
your findings when the opportunity allows.
Hope that helps!
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