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Old 12-30-2005, 03:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,
I've been using an Epson 1280 for a couple years now, and I want to move up to the newer ones with more archival inks. I also mostly print black and white. I've seen people mention that they were using the Epson 1800's and 2400's, I've seen both good and bad reviews. What do y'all think.
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Old 12-30-2005, 04:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I use the R800 the earlier model to the 1800 and if you use the correct profiles the results are nothing short of staggering,
find someone who has one and see for yourself the grain is finer than a anolouge print.
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Old 12-30-2005, 09:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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my 1280 froze up so i bot the 2400 and it is awesome. well worth the price. HOWEVER, it gets expensive. uses 7 ink cartridges and i print 11x14s. still love it though.
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Old 12-30-2005, 11:29 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I was in your same Boat...

I had a 1280 for years and was pretty happy with it, except for the clogs when it sat for a long period, but when I began selling my own prints, no way I wanted someone coming back at me saying their Photo ran when some liquid was spilled on it.

So I bought the R1800 when it came out and was pretty happy with it until the R2400 came out. I printed the exact same picture (file) on the exact same paper (Epson Premium Luster) and the R2400 blew the R1800 away, which it should for the extra three hundred dollars in cost. The detail, colors and saturation were all better with the R2400. The R1800 also "bronzes' during B&W printing. The clear color (in the 1800) is just a gimmick, as the K3 inks in the 2400 don't have a clear.

So if you want the best (and can't quite swing it for a R4800) get the R2400, if you can't quite afford it, the R1800 is a very fine printer although it is somewhat doubtful it is even better than the now defunct 2200, hense the lower number...

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I've got the 2400 and love it! I wish I had upgraded to the next larger size though (4000) as the ink carterages in the 2400 are a bit too small and run out quickly.
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Yep, that's exactly what is encouraging my decision to move up. Thanks to all of you for the comments. It looks like the R2400 will be my next printer. I'm mostly doing 12"x12" prints from scanned medium format negs. I've heard the black and white capabilities of that printer are good too.
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