I am experimenting, with help from a friend, making digital negatives for contact printing on silver gelatin paper. We are following Dan Burkholders book and updated Companion information. And we are working with several different materials including OHP film, mylar, and Epson backlit film. All are being printed on the Epson 7600.
But here is my question - Has anyone compared the quality of a desktop negative generated on one of these medium to those generated by an imagesetter? Dan Burkholder on his site suggests that none of these will be as good as an imagesetter negative for silver gelatin prints - but I would like to hear from anyone with personal experience.
I have prints from Lenswork, and those are intentionally generated from imagesetter negatives with an observable pattern so as not to be confused as originals. Of course I could do the experiment my self, having desktop and imagesetter negatives generated from the same file. However, I try not to reinvent the wheel every time.....
Thanks for your help.