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Canon i9900 vs Epson 2200?
Old 11-30-2004, 11:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Which is better and tell me why?

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Pros and Cons on each?

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Re: Canon i9900 vs Epson 2200?
Old 11-30-2004, 12:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The primary difference between the two is that the Canon uses dye based inks and the Epson uses Pigment based inks. Pigment based inks last longer. However, if you print mostly high gloss pictures, then the dye based inks are superior, with the Epson being better for matt printing. I have the Epson and print mostly matt but get very good results with semi-gloss or papers like the Ilford Smooth Pearl. Also, the Canon is much faster. So if you like speed and glossy I'd get the Canon. I chose the Epson because i want longevity, I like matt, ink is less money, profiles are available everywhere, media is available everywhere, and help threads like this are everywhere for the Epson if you need it. Plus the Epson prints roll paper if you wnat panoramas. Hope this helps.

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Old 11-30-2004, 01:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have two Canon printers. Canon is number two to Epson -- but all the major paper vendors have ICC profiles for the Canon. I use various art papers and canvas with the Canon -- works just fine.

I find the Canon much cheaper to use. The Canon cartridges are $8 - $11 and seem to last a long time -- much longer than you'd imagine with 110ml carts.

One suggestion -- you might look at the i9100. It's a six cartrige printer (the 9900 is eight) and works great. Since the 9900 came out you can pick up a 9100 for (I think) under $200.

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Re: Canon i9900 vs Epson 2200?
Old 11-30-2004, 01:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The portrait photographers I run with, (PPO,SWppa) mostly prefer the Epson to the Canon. We like the way it does B/W's too. But both are great printers. Personally, I have a small problem with the way the Canon head's deliver ink to the paper. I own a 2000P. Not Epson's best work but I like it. I will buy a 2200 this summer.
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Re: Canon
Old 11-30-2004, 01:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If you were buying Canon. You'd want the i9900 over the i9100. The extra 2 ink cartidges with the i9900 means more gamut and also longer print life. I've seen a comparison with the i960 (6 cartridge) vs. i9900 (8 cartridge). And it was obvious that having those 2 extra cartridges made a difference in the prints.
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Re: Canon i9900 head life
Old 11-30-2004, 05:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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JT:

I just had the head fail in my i9900 after less that 6 months on non-production use. I love the printer; output is stunning, although I worry about print life from the dyes. But if I really worried about it, I would use a pigment-based printer.

I am concerened about head life and it is taking a few days to locate a replacement and one still has not been found. Love the output, though.

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Re: Canon i9900 vs Epson 2200?
Old 11-30-2004, 07:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hi,

My money is on the Epson. When I got the 200p, I finally felt that I had a quality product that I could give a customer and NOT feel that it would degrade over the next year. I stepped up to the 2200 (better color reproduction & separate ink tanks) and this month I got my 4000. Yippee! I have my 2200 packed in it's original box if anyone is interested.

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Re: Canon i9900 vs Epson 2200?
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Epson, Epson, Epson. Prints are stunning!!! I print on Epson Pro Premium Luster Paper and them spray them with Sureguard Semi-Matte. They are gorgeous! Once you get the spray on there, you can't see the empty spots where whites are. I love it.

I had a family come in for a portrait session with their one year old and 11 uear old. We shot some B-Day portraits of the one year old in what I hope is soon to be a signature style for me. Can't share it here, 'cause she's definately a minor and I won't be able to pass it off [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

Anyway, they couldn't make up their minds while were proofing after the session, so I broke a rule and let them leave. I had just picked up a few new frames for display in my gallery and put an 11x14 of the baby in it and hung it on the wall. They fell in love with it and ended up placing a $600 order!

Now, hopefully, my photography is good enough to warrant that, however, I can't help but think that having that print on the wall when they came back didn't hurt. Here's the thing. The print was gorgeous and they definately saw the value in the final product.

My advice? I know what you shoot. Get an Epson!

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Old 12-01-2004, 01:31 AM   #9 (permalink)
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2200 and just plugged and played and having fantastic results.......

I was 99 percent sure I was going with Epson but saw some results from the 9900 and wanted to be sure I was not missing something.....

Much appreciated guys.....

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Re: Canon i9900 vs Epson 2200?
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What do you want for your 2200 ? How much ware and tare on it ?
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