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Pinnacle Premium Photo Lustre 300 paper review

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Pinnacle Premium Photo Lustre 300 paper review

A paper for our day to day printing

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Whilst we get all sorts of papers to test and use, we like to standardise on a few particular papers for our commercial prints.

Above all this gives a consistency to sets of prints supplied to offices and the businesses using our large prints for decorative use.

The paper looked at here is from a local company to ourselves in Leicester in the UK, Paper Spectrum.

If you’re supplying prints for commercial use it’s quite different to what you might choose for an exhibition or prints on display in a gallery.

24 inch roll of lustre photo paper

Pinnacle premium photo lustre paper

I’ve used this particular brand of paper as my go-to paper for our commercial prints for many years.

My first look at it was back in 2008, when I needed a good straightforward photo paper for my Epson SP7880 and I’ve often used it for our commercial prints since then.

It’s important to note the difference between individual prints for galleries and exhibitions and the more general print making I’ll provide for offices and commercial use.

I’ve some lovely baryta style papers that look great for certain images, many are OBA free and archival. However, in the real world those are not features of great import if you are looking for a collection of local prints to liven up some plain walls in offices.

About the paper

pinnacle paper sizesThe paper comes in a good range of sizes, including wide panoramic sheets.

The paper is described as:

  • “A Heavyweight instant dry gloss paper with a special high quality ink receiver layer and double sided polyethlene coating giving photo realistic look and feel.
  • Resistant to cockling with good dimensional stability.
  • Brilliant white shade.
  • Ozone and UV absorbers offer protection from airborne and light deterioration, leading to excellent archival qualities.”

For those of you with darkroom experience it feels like a fairly heavy RC paper.

Paper Specifications
Thickness 287 ± 5
Weight g/m2 300 ± 7
PE-weight VS g/m2 17 ± 2
PE-weight RS g/m2 26 ± 2
Curl 23°, 50%RH mm 0 ± 8
Gloss (Dr.Lange) 60° % 15 ± 5
Colour Hunter UVI L= 93.7 ± 0.5
a= 0.3 ± 0.5
b= -7.6 ± 0.8 – this blueness indicates the OBAs
CIE Whiteness D65 110
Brightness D65 95

The paper surface is lightly textured, as you can see in this shot where I’ve deliberately looked at an angle to pick up the reflection.

paper surface finish

I find the paper surface works well under glass, with the texture avoiding too much direct reflection.

Using the paper

I’m using the paper in the Canon PRO-2000 printer I reviewed earlier this year. I’m expecting no surprises since I’ve already used it in the PRO-1000 and before that the Epson P400.

I’ll make a custom media setting for the printer (see the review for a lot more about this) although I’d note that Paper Spectrum can supply profiles for a wide range of printers, using standard media settings.

custom paper type

I make my own profiles, using around 3,000 patches and i1Profiler

profiling target

The print I’m making is a wide view of the Curve theatre here in Leicester – it’s a stitched view taken when I was testing the Laowa 12mm Zero-D lens in the Summer. The print is of an image I added to the small panoramic print gallery I created when I recently updated the site.

I’m printing directly from Photoshop, with the image sized at 50″ wide by 22″ high

print setup

I’m printing at highest quality and with the glow/colour optimiser set to auto.

Not much later I have a print, ready to go off to the client (after a day or two’s drying and then rolling up with tissue paper.

curve print

So, a good print that won’t crease or mark very easily, and has deep vibrant colours.

I’ve used this paper for black and white images too, where it gives good deep blacks although depending on the subject, I might choose a warmer paper or even a matt rag paper.

It will go to our recommended framer, and the next time I’ll see it, it will be up on a wall…


A lustre finish photo paper that at 300gsm has a good solid feel to it.

Available from Paper Spectrum in the UK (who will supply samples)

In the US, I noted that Canon Heavyweight Satin Photo Paper 300gsm seemed a very similar paper and has good longevity ratings.

Paper Spectrum have their Pinnacle papers available on Amazon UK

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