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Old 12-13-2006, 06:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone,

the company where I work, wants to buy a large format printer / plotter.
We will be using the printer for plans , ads and hopefully some photos .

What HP printer/plotter would you recommend ?
Do they also print/plot on canvas?

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Re: Large Format Printer Recommendation?
Old 12-13-2006, 07:47 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Most of the Pro's studio's I've been in have been using Epson. You may want to expand your brand research.

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Old 12-13-2006, 09:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Peter, I happen to work for an advertising company here in central Ca, and we used to us a couple of HP plotters, but we have since gone to nothing but Epsons for our plots and color proofs. I don't remember the model number, but if you want, I can check for you and send it to you later on.

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Re: Large Format Printer Recommendation?
Old 12-13-2006, 09:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have owned the Epson 7600, for about three years. It has been a great printer for me. I make large prints for a few photogs. and one of the local photo processing stores in my area. The newer model is the 7800 I would guess it to is a great printer. The Epson can print on canvas, fine art, photo, watercolor, and a few other types of papers.

The 7800 will print up to 24", if you make the move to an even lager printer the
9800 will print up to 44" or 48" I am not sure which.
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Old 12-13-2006, 01:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hmmm. The Epson 9800 does look nice.

I've seen a quite a few plotters(!) in companies here in Germany, they all were HP's. Most were architects or construction companies though.

The Epson Chrome (?) Ink will not fade as fast as the normal inks ?

Thanks for the input!

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Old 12-13-2006, 01:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Hmmm. The Epson 9800 does look nice.

I've seen a quite a few plotters(!) in companies here in Germany, they all were HP's. Most were architects or construction companies though.

The Epson Chrome (?) Ink will not fade as fast as the normal inks ?

Thanks for the input!

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I do use the chromes, and they look great.

I have read there specs and the prints (on thier papers) are to last upwards of 80 years.

A couple of years ago I had an open air gallery that I sold prints to tourits visiting Hilton Head Island, I had one print that was in direct sunlight for about 6 or 8 months, when I closed the store down I took the matte off of the print just to see how much fading occured, there was fading but not as much as I thought would happen being in direct sun for that long.
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Re: Large Format Printer Recommendation?
Old 12-17-2006, 07:30 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have a been using an Epson 4800 with great results and have been thinking seriously of getting a larger printer.

The new Canons have been getting very good reviews. Two major benefits, not having to purge the ink lines when switching between photo black and mat black inks and greatly reduced clogging saving money on using ink to clean the heads.
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Old 12-17-2006, 08:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
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My best recomendattion is Epson Stylus Pro 9800 Profesinal 44" wide I recomend the same printer to my boss and he told me the order one for the company nd we haver for a good solid 9 month we no problem.
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Old 12-18-2006, 03:09 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone for the input.

Currently we're looking at the Epson 9800 and the HP Z2100 44 Inches.

My preference would be the Epson, allthough HP is FAR more present here in Germany... Lets see if I can persuade our marketing department

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What will your company be using this printer for?
The Epson is by far the best printer for photography and fine art reproduction.
You might want to also look at the new Canon printers.
I work in a reprographics shop in California, we have a Xerox inkjet ( i recommend you stay away form xerox) and an HP. We are planning on adding an Epson 44" for our fine art clients. You can not beat the quality for inkjet with an Epson
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