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Old 05-12-2006, 02:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I need a new photo printer at home. I only need to print photos, as I have a laser printer for text. Would like to be able to do 11x14" prints, but the only printers I see that do that are in the $500 range! Ouch.

Anybody got a favorite printer that won't break the bank?
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Re: Printer Recommendations?
Old 05-12-2006, 08:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Try the Epson 1280. Should be ~$300 after $100 mail-in rebate. It's about 4 years old but prints beautifully. Not the best for B&W though, unless you convert it to a dedicated B&W printer with 3rd. party inks. Then it rocks.

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Old 05-12-2006, 09:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This subject has been kicked around a lot here. I am a Nikon shooter and have had good results with Epson printers. The 1280 has been a workhorse for about 6 years but with my wedding business I need prints that will last for my couples.
So now I am also printing on the Epson 2400 and tell them that their prints will last a lifetime. If you want the best black and white prints of any 11X14 printer, this is it! Not only can they last up to 200 years but never show any color bias.
I have a friend with the 1800 and it makes great glossy prints but she is unable to tweek out good black and whites.
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Old 05-12-2006, 10:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have an older hp, I've never had any problem with it and it does a great job for me.
I had a canon before the hp and it couldn't hold a candle to the hp
My daughters epson quit after 2 yrs, and I called epson tech support, no help at all and they wanted to charge me for talking to them. Did a few searches on the net for trouble shooting the epson and found a lot of the same problems that we were experiencing, which I think was dried ink in the print head. Tried a cpl cleaning proceedures, but could never get it to print again.
Bear in mind these are 150 dollar printers I'm talking about.

Here is one that sounds about like what your looking for


http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/sh...nting&v1=Color
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Old 05-12-2006, 10:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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another chanting the praises of the Epson R2400, simply superb prints
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1270 and get good results but. . . I hate the cost of ink. Since I went to generics it isn't so bad. Canons are faster but they tell me they can't print on just anything. Heck with the Epsons if you can get through your printer you can print on it. (Assuming you coat it first http://www.inkaid.com/ )
And don't forget the new HP's which have come up in quality of prints.
If i were selling my prints I'd look to Costco with their new on line service for 11x14 prints. Get their printer profiles and use them. For the most part our local store gives us near professional lab services if you provide them with the proper color balanced files. On a cost for cost comparison their prints are about the same as do-it-yourself.
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Old 05-14-2006, 04:58 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Alas, with printers the old maxim, "you get what you pay for" applies and in spades. I've use Epson from many years and after doing a lot of research as soul searching, spent money I could not really afford for the Epson 2400. It goes for about $850, but as far as I could tell, nothing else is even close. At about $550, the Epson 1800 does an excellent job with color, but does not seem to like B&W all that much. The 2400 does an equally great job with B&W and with color, but also with matte and glossy. The technology involved in that machine is mind boggling.
Contrary to what some have said about Epson, I have not found it to be temperamental at all, it just keeps on keeping on. Both the 2400 and its little sister, the 1800 both eat ink, but I've found it's worth it. The B&W tones are outstanding, easily the equal of traditional darkroom produced prints and they are truly archival, as confirmed by 3rd party testing. The 2400 is the printer which got me out of the darkroom after 50 years of serious traditional printing. If anything, the 2400's prints may even be better than traditional .

My recomendation is to suck it up (as I did), overload the plastic and go for it. If you don't print B&W, then the 1800 will also do a great job and for less money, but B&W is my thing. For a budget printer, the R200 series does a beautiful printing job for $100+, but only up to 8x10 and no one knows how long the prints will last, but it will aslos do a beautiful job of printing labels on printable CDs. From my personal experience. anything other than Epson is something which will later be regreted.

The 1280 is also a good printer and was an industry mainstay for many years, but now it's old technology, it doesn't like B&W very much and print longevity is a bit questionable.

(OK Canon guys, don't throw things at me, it's my experience.)
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Suck it up Brian, I got the Epson 2200 for $700. Oh it kinda made me groan a few weeks but it still rocks 2 years later.


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Old 05-15-2006, 01:26 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Epson 1280S is the current model, about $ 349 without rebates, 1800 is great the new replacement for the 2200 is the Epson 2400, retails $849.00 can handle 13x19 and smaller prints including panoramia ...Epson is top of line I have two but costco professional service is cost effective and fast... Canon cameras but not printers...ink cart. are a problem..
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Old 06-11-2006, 11:58 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I dont know if your interested in a Epson 1280. I've got two and they work well with my Canon 20D and CS2. I'll let one go for $275 in the box with everything it came with. Its put out (maybe) a hundred 11 X 14s and 8 X 10s. I'm buying a Epson 2400 for my Black and White. I guranty it to be as new condition.
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