Epsom artisan730 vs canon pixma mg5320?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by nph, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. nph macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2005
    Anyone has experience with these two?

    Looking for a good printer (photo and general use), economical ink use and decent scanner. Would either of these two fit he bill?

  2. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    The Epson Artisan will fit the will be your best bet for photos.
  3. mrbash macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2008
    Has anyone used both of these printers, or at least a PIXMA and Artisan to print the same picture?

    I am finding my PIXMA prints very dark, and I have to greatly increase the brightness and exposure to get my pictures to print correctly. I am wondering if this is simply a defect with the PIXMA, or if the Artisan also has the same issue.
  4. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    It could be your screen that needs adjustment or that you're using the wrong settings to print pictures.

    Having said that, no I haven't used a PIXMA.
  5. crawler1975 macrumors regular


    Mar 22, 2011
    have you calibrated your monitor? and also use your printer's icc profile for color management settings? (you can do soft proofing in photoshop using your printer's icc profile to check approximately how your print out looks like) ..
  6. Mac Kiwi macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2003
    New Zealand

    Ya that sounds a lot like gamma issues.
  7. AgRacer macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2011
    I have the Artisan 730 with the hotzone360.com CISS system. Works very well.

    I have had some issue with dark prints as noted above. They come out a bit darker than on my monitor. My monitor was calibrated with the built in software (not external like with a color spyder) and when I'd send images to to Costco to be printed, they'd come home matching the monitor pretty close so I did not worry too much about the calibration (as it, the monitor matched my output and that's what matters).

    When I first got the Epson, the prints came out much darker in color (greens were black, whole photo was 'dark'). I did a lot of googling and have fixed the setting and things are better, but I'm still having trouble getting it to match my monitor as well as I had before by going to Costco to get prints.

    Regarding ICC profiles, If I soft proof with the Costco profile in PS, the change in the image is barely noticeable, when I soft proof the Epson profile, the change is VERY noticeable (again - dark).

    I really wanted to take more control of my prints, have them immediately available and the cost with the CISS and Costco paper (300-4x6 sheets is $10 at the warehouse) is less than sending the prints to Costco. My old printer was dyeing AND the ink we expensive. Office Max had a $100 off the 730 so I picked one up.

    Now I have to adjust how I do things b/c what I see on the monitor is not what I get on the printer unless I soft proof and adjust the image. It's not a HUGE deal, but it is one more step I have to deal with.

    Regardless of which printer you buy, you're going to have to deal with color profiles and getting things to match up with the camera, monitor and printer.

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