Photo printers, Recommendations and the process

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Nicolasdec, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. Nicolasdec macrumors 65816

    Nicolasdec

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    Hey MR.

    For years I have used sites to get the prints from the digital photos I took. However now i would like to invest in a good photo printer. I would like to be able to print up to A3+ size. What are some good printers that will be able to do that? I want professional quality prints.

    How can calibrate my monitor and printer? Any other things I need to know?

    Thanks
     
  2. Nicolasdec thread starter macrumors 65816

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  3. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    Calibration needs specialised tools. The cheapest way at the moment is the ColorMunki - this will calibrate both monitor and printer. After that, prices go ever upwards basically - you can easily spend a grand on calibration tools.

    As for printers themselves? Canon offer the 9000 and 9500 Mark II printers - both are excellent quality, with 8 and 10 inks respectively. Their lower end 4000 & 5000 printers are really up to professional photo prints.

    Epson are your other choice, with a range of printers at most price points. I personally have a 4880 in the office and it produces excellent prints, but it's rather expensive (£1800) though it does print A2 and roll.

    As a very basic rule of thumb, the more inks there are, the better the printer.


    Basically, you need to give us a budget. I could easily recommend you £3,000 in printers, but then you probably don't have that much to spend.
     
  4. Nicolasdec thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the answer. I have a budget of £1500. I was taking a look at the canon 9500 and it looks good. Do you know any other printers in that budget that will do A2?
     
  5. davegregory macrumors regular

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    The Epson 3880 is in your budget. I use one, and I love the prints I've made from it. According to Epson UK's site, it's £1,144.25. It does A2+ size prints. I don't have any experience with Canon printers. I know their pro models are newish to the market. I would imagine they're on a similar level as Epson in terms of quality and price. There's a good post here about the differences of the Canon 5100 and Epson 3880, if you're interested.

    http://luminous-landscape.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=38490&pid=318089&st=0&#entry318089

    Hope that helps.
     
  6. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    I'd budget at least £400 for calibration, but that'd leave you with a 9500 Mark II and some change, or as mentioned, the 3880. The advantage to the Epson is the A2+ size, over Canon's A3+.

    I'd personally buy the 9500 Mark II, calibration and a pile of inks and papers.
     
  7. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    You might want to look at the Epson 3800 (not the 3880). It appears that the 3880 was just recently released and replaces the 3800. If you can find a store with the old stock 3800 you will likely find it on discount. I haven't seen any in depth reviews on the difference between the two models, but they appear to be identical. I suspect the improvements in the 3880 are minimal. I have the 3800 (Epson was offering a sizeable rebate earlier this year) and have had no problems with it.

    I especially like being able to connect it to my system via an ethernet cable. It means you are not limited (within the confines of a room or even a small house or office) with where you locate the printer. Much more convenient. Or, if you have a desktop and portable, connect the printer to the router and you don't need to worry about a host computer being awake for "printer sharing".

    One thing I learned though, go to the Epson website, find and print the acronyms they use for their paper surfaces (as used in the printer driver).

    Good Luck
     
  8. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

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    I bought the Canon 9000 Mark II back in July/Sept. and have really enjoyed it thus far. The sizes that it can print are 14x22 as per the manual and I believe the 9500 does as well. This would be using the front feed and a back hatch opens for those wide, long papers can slide through. I have read on some sites that the Canon can handle paper rolls (not sure about the length) using the drivers provided by the paper manufacture but again I'm not 100% sure. Take the easy way and when you calibrate with whatever printer you decide on, print using 5x7 before printing large. I know it sounds like common sense but I almost printed a few at 13x19 and it would have been a waste of good ink and paper :eek:

    Enjoy
     
  9. kentamcolin macrumors newbie

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    I just purchased an Epson 3880 and after only a few prints I'm quite in awe of the quality. For a little history; I was really torn between the Canon 9500 and the Epson, mostly because I have an Epson R2400 that has been nothing but trouble since the day I took it out for the box. I ran some test prints in the store on the Canon and was hugely impressed; it's a great printer!! However I really wanted the ability to print 17" wide (which I only occasionally do). In the end I decided to give Epson another try. What swayed me? Price! The Canon was $750 but also had a $200 rebate, reducing the price to $550. It also comes with one set of 13 ml. ink cartridges. The Epson was $1295 but comes with one set of 80 ml. cartridges. A complete set of Canon carts cost $130, so to leave the store with the same amount of ink for each printer, I would need 5 more sets of 13 ml Canon cartridges, or another $650! Now the price difference was only $75, but the store also had a promotion going on for Epson large format printers, offering a $75 pack of 17" wide paper free. With the cost of the printers now being effectively the same, I went for the Epson. I'll probably spring for the optional 3 year warranty which can be added within the current warranty period, and am really looking forward to using this printer. I'm sure I would have been equally happy with the Canon, and based on what I've seen could highly recommend either.
     
  10. pilotkid macrumors 6502a

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    I'd say the Canon PRO9000 or if you do black and white prints I hear the PRO9500 is even better. Do a Google search and read some reviews, there almost all good. As soon as I save up some money I think I'll be getting the 9500!
     

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