Hahnumühle William Turner vs Canson Arches Aquarelle

These are two heavily textured fine art papers, one from Hahnemuhle and one from Canson Infinity.  I decided to compare the two using a black and white print.  The textures are pretty different, which you will be able to see in the s scans, so that will definitely be a matter of personal preference, but otherwise, both papers performed similarly.

Here is the test image, taken with a Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 70-200 f4L IS in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.


First up is the Hahnemuhle Willian Turner.  This is probably my favorite textured paper, especially for color images.  You can read about how it worked with a color image in my paper review post.


Here is the Canson Arches Aquarelle


The William Turner came out a little denser and warmer than the Canson Arches Aquarelle.  I personally prefer the texture of the William Turner because it is less mechanical, however that is partially due to being a wood pulp paper instead of a cotton paper like the Canson.  So, that may influence your decision if longevity is important.  I felt that the William Turner held back the highlights a bit more, which let some of the upper “zone” areas hold better detail and microcontrast than the Arches Aquarelle. The surface of the William Turner was a little more delicate, and I noticed after a bit of handling that tiny “chips” had came off of some of the heavily inked areas, whereas this did not happen with the Arches Aquarelle.  The Hahnemuhle’s dMax appears better here than with the Canson.  The downside to the Hahnemuhle William Turner against the Canson Arches Aquarelle is that the paper is definitely less neutral, which can be important.  Additionally, the William Turner had a little less detail in the deepest shadows, and the texture does every so slightly take away just a tiny bit of sharpness, whereas the Arches Aquarelle texture didn’t hurt the sharpness quite as much.

Personally I like warm toned black and white photos, so I will probably stick with Hahnemuhle William Turner.  I haven’t tried a color image with the Canson Arches Aquarelle, so I will have to give that a try sometime as well.

Thanks for reading!

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