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Old 12-07-2006, 07:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was looking for suggestions on a printer. I just upgraded my computer system and I need to get a new printer. Mid range priced please. I appreciate any help you can give me.
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Old 12-07-2006, 11:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have an Epson R1800 that I'm VERY happy with. Prints up to 13" wide, and produces prints that amaze me
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Old 12-07-2006, 06:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yees, I also have an Epson Stylus PHOTO R1800 and I love it. The photos are amazing.
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Old 12-07-2006, 06:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Epson 3800!
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Old 12-07-2006, 09:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the feedback. I will check them out
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Old 12-07-2006, 09:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Owned an Epson 2200 for a long time before I saved enough for the 4000. Cannot express enough how happy it makes me to know that if a client hangs a photo in a bright area that it will not have faded in a few months.

Check out printers with pigmented inks.

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Re: Photo printer
Old 12-08-2006, 02:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Sorry - I don't know what qualifies as mid-range in US pricing.

I'd recommend the Epson UltraChrome range. They are all pigment inks, not dyes.

The lower end of the UltraChromes is the UltraChrome HiGloss - the R800 (up to A4) is cheap (by my reckoning); the R1800 is the A3+ big brother to the R800 - I like having either the R800 or R1800 because they will print on CDs & DVDs, which is nice when sending a disc to a model - looks much better than a texta and writing! Printing a label that includes one of the photos from the shoot is a nice gimmick.

The UltraChrome K3 is the pro inkset, but the entry point is the R2400, which isn't expensive, and goes to A3+. The 3800 is the next step up, and takes MUCH larger ink cartridges. Then you are getting into true pro territory: the 4800 - 9600 printers - I doubt that they count as mid-range :-)

I have had an R800, and I now have an R1800 and an R2400 - I use the R2400 for matte (have never loaded photo black into it) and the R1800 for gloss and CDs/DVDs. This works really well for me. I suspect a 3800 would be even better than the 2400, but I don't feel the need to change yet.

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I highly recommend the Epson R2400!

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i will tell you that i decided on the the epson R220 because i knew that i would be sending anything above a 8x10 to the lab. I had the 2200 and yes it is a great printer but the ink got hard to locate with me being overseas. The effert vs the cost was adding up so i went with the R220.

I will say that Epson has some pretty good products and the more money you spend the better the product. I am only doing sports stuff now so the high end stuff i send to the lab.
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I yielded to temptation over the holidays and bought an Epson Pro 3800, mainly because I was using the R2400 reasonably heavily, and I got tired of changing the ink cartridges.

The 3800 ink cartridges hold about 10 times as much ink as the R2400's (but they only cost 4 to 5 times as much). Same ink, except that the 3800 holds 9 cartridges (Photo and Matte Black at the same time) - it still has a changeover, but it wastes very little ink to switch between Photo and Matte Blacks.

The 3800 will print A2 (double the size of A3, which is the limit of the R2400 and R1800). However, it won't do roll-feed, so the R2400 wins for that.

The quality of the output from the 3800 is very high (better, to my eyes, than the R2400, but the difference isn't too obvious). Unless your lab is using black magic (or should that be black black black magic?), they are unlikely to beat this.

Oh, and the 3800 has two interfaces: USB (like the R2400 and R1800), and Ethernet - you can use it as a network printer without needing a server - that's rather nice if you have multiple Photoshop machines.

Haven't had a glitch yet, and I've printed 30+ A4s, a handful of A3s, and one A2.

Oh, and it's only about 40% more than the R2400...

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