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Old 10-26-2004, 05:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm going out today to buy a printer for my digital work. I have found the Epson 2200 for about $700, but that's about $200 more than I have to spend.

Can you fine folks suggest a printer that will print up to 11x14 images for around $500??
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You can get the 2200 of Epson's site as a remanufactured for about your budget (maybe $50 more) or the 1280 is still a durn nice printer for about $350.

I use the 1280, will probably convert that to a Piezography printer soon and get the 2200 for color.

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A few caveats about the 2200:
It uses pigmented inks, which is good because its prints are about 3X as stable as most printers' since cheaper printers usually use dye-based inks. BUT one side effect is that the 2200 can't make decent glossy prints to save its life! They come out badl bronzed.

Also, Epson was promoting it as a good black and white printer but it isn't. BW prints from the 2200 suffer serious metamerism. One thing I like, as an artist, about my 2200 is that it can print on seriously thick media. It has a flat-feed path and I've printed on thin sheets of metal, shopping bags, artists' canvas (not "canvas paper") and all sorts of other weird stuff.

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Old 10-26-2004, 07:48 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Canon just came out with the 9900 -- so the price on the 9100 dropped. I have had a far better experience with my Canon's over the years than my friend's Epsons.

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Old 10-26-2004, 11:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The others have great advice. From my experience, the 1280 produced much nicer prints than 2200. It just depends if you want pigment or dye-based. And, I completely agree with the b/w factor-he 2200 was lacking. Haven't tried the Canons though.

Good Luck!

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Old 10-26-2004, 05:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I've had great results with the Epson 2200, including glossy and semi-glossy. I've noticed that print quality is greatly determined by the quality of paper used. Only downside I've discovered is that it makes crappy B&W.
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Old 10-26-2004, 09:15 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I just purchased the Canon i9900 ($430 delivered from www.onecall.com). I am very happy with the color results. I am not a big fan of very glossy pictures so I have been using Ilford Classic Pearl paper with it and the prints are just beautiful.

I have not tried any B&W pics yet but from my research it sounds like they are fairly decent but not quite the level of the Epson 2200.

To me it came down to economics and the best for under $500 was the Canon.

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Old 10-27-2004, 01:39 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I friend of mine has the Canon 9900 and he loves it. It would definately be here at the house if I was not eying the Kodak 8600 for onsite printing.

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I did some more research -- compared prices and user reviews as well as "cost of ownership" -- and went with the Epson 1280. I found it for $299 with a $100 rebate, so the price was perfect. The reviews have been stellar across the board, especially for the types of images I foresee printing - b+w and larger sized prints.

Yesterday I set up the full package digital dark room. I have the camera, the computer, the printer, and I bought a scanner to begin converting my 4 years of negatives into ones and zeros, too.

Now comes the hard part - getting the image on my computer monitor and the image in my prints to match.
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