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Old 02-03-2005, 11:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I recently posted that I was having issues with my new printer. I believe my exact words are "This thing SUCKS!"

Well, upon much investigation, adjustment, manipulation, ink & paper usage (this crap is expensive) and very little help from tech support, I am pleased to say I am now able to print Incredible images.

But man what a pain in the arse! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img]
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Old 02-03-2005, 11:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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A friend of mine who is "fine arts" photographer swears by the R800. He said that he had a few problems but he loves the quality and, especially, the life of the prints. I just bought the Canon i9900 last week. I honestly don't have a critical eye yet for true "quality" prints but what I have printed, has been asthetically awesome.
 
 
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It was FRUSTRATING and EXPENSIVE to get to this point, but now, the prints I am getting ar well worth the trouble. A family member of mine has the i990, and the prints are very nice! The colors are vivid and I see nothing wrong with them. Some will say the longevity of Epson's inks are "better", but, I'll be dead in 80-100 years, so I'm not so sure I care. I didn't buy the epson for any reason other than every printer I have owned for the last 10 years has been an epson. For a while, I was wishing I bought the 990, but now, I'm happy.
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Old 02-04-2005, 02:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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David I am glad you are happy with your R800 the adage of anything simply aquired is not appreciated applys as your computer was a mack I butted out on your 'RANT' but the printer is incredible the site that helped me was the real help for me and my prints have become totally predictable several A4 size prints are selling in a newsagency for me and the wow factor is a sales
plus [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] my long range plans are to buy the 4000 in 18-24 months time doing fine art prints
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Old 02-04-2005, 02:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I know what you mean by the WOW factor. When I showed a client some proofs, and he said "WOW!!!", I knew I had it right. Now, If I can just explain to him that if he goes cheap on printing his brochure, my proof will look better than the finished product [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Thanks for the help back when I was having problems!
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Old 02-07-2005, 10:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have been considering this printer. May I ask how many full color 8x10's you can get out of a set of ink? I have been trying to calculate the costs per 8x10 but am unable to without this info.

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Old 02-08-2005, 01:06 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Well, It's hard to give an exact figure since I seem to run out of magenta and yellow quite a bit lately with the jobs I've been doing because I print allot of reddish tones, but the rest have lasted quite a while. It would depend allot on what type of work you were doing I'd guess. I've only had it for a little over a month and don't usually run out of more than 1 or 2 colors at one time..
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Old 02-08-2005, 09:07 PM   #8 (permalink)
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...how many full color 8x10's you can get out of a set of ink?

[/ QUOTE ]My "gloss optimizer" (UV overcoat) cartridge runs out first. I guess that's why they pack two in a box for the same price as one of the colors. Magenta's next, since I'm printing large areas of skin. The others depend on what I'm printing -- YMMV. By the way, I get genuine Epson ink cartridges here for $10.68 each. Is anybody getting a better price? --Randy
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Per Epson's website they claim you can do 400 at 5% coverage. If I'm doing my math right that comes to about 20 full color 8x10's per set of ink. I do realize it will vary by what is being printed but does this sound close? About 20ish?

Thanks for the link to the ink. I bookmarked it.
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Old 02-08-2005, 10:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I've never counted. Sorry. But my gut says it's more like 30-40 before the first one gets yanked (other than the overcoat, which is 100% coverage on every print). After a few cartridge swaps, the printer has a mix of almost-full carts, half-full ones, nearly-empty ones, etc., so it's hard to remember how long a specific cart has been in there. Am I on my 3rd or 4th magenta? Didn't I just replace the yellow, or was it the black that ran out last week? I guess I could keep track, but I don't. I've already made the decision and bought the hardware, so at this point, my cost per print is moot. And since I'm not the selling prints, I don't need to make "Cost of Goods Sold" calculations to keep an accountant happy. Sorry I couldn't be more help. --Randy
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