Epson dye versus ink printers

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Viperdoc, Dec 23, 2003.

  1. Viperdoc

    Viperdoc Guest

    Has anyone done a head to head comparison of the Epson dye printers (1280)
    versus the archival ink models (2200)?

    I would trade a loss of archival qualities for more brilliant color,
    particularly printing on glossy paper.

    Viperdoc, Dec 23, 2003
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    Skee Guest

    I've used both dye-based (900, 1270) and pigment-based (2200) Epsons,
    and I'd say you'd probably do best with dye-based printing for glossy
    paper (only). Since pigments tend to remain on the surface and are
    relatively nonreflective, prints on glossy stock using the 2200 tend
    to look a little peculiar when viewed off-angle. That said, you can
    achieve most of the "look" of glossy paper using Epson Premium
    Semigloss or Premium Luster (with Photo Black) on the 2200 with a
    minimum of bronzing (but it's still there to a degree). Epson Premium
    Glossy has problems of its own, especially in areas of pure white and
    pure black, where it's relatively nonreflective when used with 2200
    inks. As would be expected, dyes tend to produce a bit brighter color
    for illustration purposes.
    Skee, Dec 23, 2003
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    Shane Baker Guest

    I understood the Epson R800 will basically overcome these problems.

    Merry Christmas

    Shane Baker

    Canberra, Australia
    Shane Baker, Dec 24, 2003
  4. Follow Bill's advice and go to..... inkjetart.....and purchase a high res. print
    made on the 1280 and the 2200.
    That's what I did, but I arrived at a different conclusion. I preferred the 1280
    You can order the prints on any of several papers. I chose to use PGPP because I
    had lots of good results with it on my venerable 740 and my 780. On THIS paper, I
    preferred the 1280 print because of the "bronzing effect" of 2200 inks on glossy
    paper. Since that time, I've been told that PGPP is not the paper of choice for
    2200 inks. A better choice would be Premium Luster. Apparently the bronzing effect
    (a peculiar appearance of black ink when the picture is held at certain angles) is
    much less pronounced with PL paper.
    So if you want to compare the best 1280 picture with the best 2200 picture, order
    the 1280 on PGPP and the 2200 on PL paper.
    Bob Williams
    Robert E. Williams, Jan 14, 2004
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