Self-Made vs. Canned Profiles

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  • Stephane Bosman
    Stephane Bosman
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    Printing Colour Management
    on: January 1, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    Sorry if this is a bit long.

    I am in the habit of making my own profiles, for display and for print.

    For printing profile I measure targets with my GretagMacbeth i1 Rev. A, which I bought new about 18 years ago.

    I just found out I had some leftovers of Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta and wanted to try it in my Canon Pro-1000.

    So I just made a profile for it with my i1 and ArgyllCMS. I have an M1 Mac Mini andX-Rite will not support my admittedly old i1 with i1Profiler.

    Out of curiosity, before doing any prints, I compared my profile with the one provided by Hahnemühle. They are  different, as expected, but I did not expect the  gamut difference to be so much.

    My profile in white wireframe, Hahnemühle’s profile in colour:

    So, I have a few questions:

    1. Is this to be expected?
    2. Which profile should I use?
    3. If this is not normal, would it mean my spectrophotometer is now too old? Do they have a stated life expectancy?
    4. If the time has come to replace it, the current verision is i1pro 3 Publish, quite expensive, although in line with prices evolutions since 2004. Would I lose much by going with the Calibrite Colorchecker i1 Studio?

    Thanks in advance!

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