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Old 08-10-2004, 02:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Whew, the time is here. As I prepare to open my full time studio, I am considering a new printer. My needs are a printer that will produce quality prints up to 13x19 on a wide range of papers including canvas. I am considering the Canon i9900 or the Epson 2200. I'd like to hear thoughts from any of you guys that have either seen or used either one of these printers.

Thanks. BTW, Jason, any input from you would be very much appreciated.

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Old 08-10-2004, 03:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have no information on the Canon i9900. My experience with earlier Canon inkjet printers has not been good, but that was a few years ago.

I have an Epson Stylus Photo 2200 and I couldn't be happier with it. Great color gamut, crisp, huge variety of media. I also have an Epson Stylus Photo 825 at home. And before that I had an Epson Stylus Photo EX. When something works for me I stick with it.

Incidentally, no offense to Jason, but usually the best price around on Epson printers is from Epson itself on their Refurbished website. I've bought several printers and scanners from there. Same warranty as new, great service, low prices.

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Old 08-10-2004, 03:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm using my fifth Epson over a period of about 10 years with no problems at all. It churns out prints clients have chosen over traditional enlrgements. I won;t consider anything else. I've never used HP or Canon, but have had sales reps tell me they are less user friendly and know of too many problems others have had.

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Old 08-10-2004, 04:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I just got an order bazck from the lab. What was supposed to be an 8x10 was delivered as an 8x8. Argh! I really need to do my own printing.

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Old 08-10-2004, 04:25 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Mike I've seen prints from the 2200 and have to sya they are awsome. The quality is incredible. You can not tell the difference between a photo from the lab and one off the 2200 unless you examine it under glass. At least the ones I saw. When my budget allows it I will get one.
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of doing your own thing I'd still consider the Noritsu's at Costco's. $3 11x14's aint bad and my experience with my local store hasn't been bad. I do understand that some areas don't have the training and customer satisfaction we seem to have. 'Course maybe Ga. hasn't got Costco's yet.
I do have and use an Epson 1270 and use it to print my Digital paintings on and love the look and feel of watercolor paper and canvas. I only wish I could afford a 24' wide Epson but consider the 4000 if you can afford it. Funny how much bigger a 16x24 looks beside a 13x19.
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I have the Canon i950 printer. I like it and the colors are great but you must use the canon paper. That I don't like. Also the ink is not archival. I believe that you can dump a glass of water on the epson and when it dries it will be fine(or so a friend told me). Ink will run together on the canon.

I'd go Epson if I had to do it again. Now I have not checked out the new ones.

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I've used an old Cannon bubble jet printer and it was ok for documents, it didn't exactly do photos well at all. I've also used an Epson printer with much better results. I don't reccomed a Hewlett-Packard at all. Hope this info is of some use for you.

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Old 08-10-2004, 05:20 PM   #9 (permalink)
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As I type I'm sitting in between a Canon S800 and an i9100. GREAT printers. Someone below talked about the Canon 950 -- nice, but it's not a photo printer. It's a printer that's capable of doing photographs.

Someone also mentioned that they had to use Canon papers. That's Epson's line! Call Epson service (I did -- trying to help a friend) and if you used non-Epson inks and paper -- they won't help. It's like calling Microsoft.

Not to get off on a rant here -- but Epson has been caught cheating more than once. Like when they admitted that their software set the ink tanks to empty after a certain number of impressions whether they were empty or not...

Speaking of ink tanks -- one thing about the Canon that I've been very pleased with is the ink tank longevity. When I first bought the S800 two and a half years ago I bought 6 of the black tanks because I was going to be printing out a bunch of B&W shots for a show. I still have one of those six tanks left -- and I print plenty of B&W....

Another thing -- I have stuffed all manner of surfaces through the Canon for printing. Canvas, cardboard, everyone else's papers. Never had a problem. Sometimes interesting results, but never a problem.

It's good to have either a Canon or an Epson. I've found that lots of people make profiles for these two manufacturers. Many products have been tested with these two manufacturers.

Bottom line -- I love Canon and I don't like companies with the corporate ethics displayed by Epson. And having seen a guy use up one entire set of ink tanks for a 2200 trying to get the color right -- I'm also pleased with the ease of getting good stuff on the Canon.

Bob

Printed this B&W on the Canon -- got real black blacks...

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Old 08-10-2004, 05:29 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Happy user of Epson 825 to download memory cards and quick contacts, borderless 8x10's and 8 1/2x11's. Epson 1280 for borderless 11x14's and A3's. The 1280 allows "black ink cartridge only" option for real black b&w prints.

Years of use on both with no problems.

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