Good photo printer to recommend ?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Corwin, Oct 23, 2003.

  1. Corwin

    Corwin Guest

    Hi,

    What ink jet printer would you recommend for printing good quality photo
    (for a good quality/price ratio)?

    Thanking you in advance for advices.
     
    Corwin, Oct 23, 2003
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    Rick Guest

    How much do you want to spend? "Good" is a relative term.

    Rick
     
    Rick, Oct 23, 2003
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    Corwin Guest

    About 150 to 200 Euros/$....

     
    Corwin, Oct 23, 2003
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    Peter B Guest

    Personally I've got the Epson 890 but I don't think they sell them anymore,
    however they do sell the 910 which is really nice.
     
    Peter B, Oct 23, 2003
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    NCHA Guest

    Take a look at the C84 even better prints than the C82 and the same price
     
    NCHA, Oct 24, 2003
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    Shepherd Guest

    The C82 IS AN excellent color printer. It IS NOT a dedicated color PHOTO
    printer, but it still does a good job printing out color photos on matt and
    inexpensive papers.

    Shepherd
     
    Shepherd, Oct 24, 2003
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    Mark Herring Guest

    This gets asked so often that I would suggest you go to Google groups
    and search on something like: "inkjet photo printers"

    To most of us, "photo'' means at least 6 colors. The players, in the
    order I would consider, are Epson, Canon, and HP. I have had
    excellent results with my Epson 1280 (wide carriage), and so I keep
    them at the top of my list. Also, there is the widest choice of 3rd
    party ink, refill kits, continuous fee systems etc.--for Epson.

    Starting over, I might tilt to Canon. The print quality is superb and
    some models are faster than Epson equivalents.

    Cost is in ink and paper. If you anticipate high volume, make sure
    you can add a continuous feed system later--or that you can easily
    refill the cartridges.

    Wide carriage costs a LOT compared to the added complexity. Don't
    spend the extra money if you don't plan on anything larger than 8.5 x
    11.

    For more in-depth stuff, I always liked "silverace"--David Chien's
    site. Have not been there recently, however.

    -Mark
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    Mark Herring, Oct 24, 2003
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    David Chien Guest

    Key is 6-colors or more. All of the current vendors (Canon, Epson, HP)
    produce photo 6-color+ printers that all do a great job at photo
    printing - you can't go wrong with any of them today.

    Some of the nice features you can look out for:

    * built-in flash card reader to print directly from digicam cards w/o a PC.

    eg. Epson 925 is blowing out (replaced by newer R-series) for $99
    everywhere. Excellent buy for the price, and you can't really go wrong
    with one.

    * Paper roll feeder.
    eg. Epsons have paper roll feeder so you can print panoramic prints,
    and print continuously from a roll of paper (auto-cut by the printer).

    * LCD preview monitor.
    eg. Epson and HP have models with LCD preview monitor (option or
    built-in) so you can see which images you want to print from the flash
    cards. otherwise, you simply print a proof sheet from these flash card
    printers and select them on a text menu.

    * Max paper length.

    eg. Epson goes 44"; Canon does only 17" or so. Limits the length of
    your panoramic prints.

    * Max paper width.

    Wide-body printers can do anywhere from 13" to 17"+ paper sizes for
    super-large prints.

    * Piezography B&W ink compatibilty

    If you're into B&W printing, this is one of the best ways to achieve
    archival B&W prints. While the latest HP 79xx series does have a B&W
    cartridge, it isn't using the same pigmented archival inks as the
    Piezography setup.

    www.inkjetmall.com for details

    * CIS continous ink bottle feed system compatiblity

    If you print thousands of prints per month, you must look into this
    system to reduce ink costs.

    www.inkjetmall.com

    * U-feed or Straight-feed

    HP is the only U-Feed system on the market, and their printers cannot
    take or handle thicker paper stock. U-feed results in paper jams on
    thicker paper stock due to the stress of the paper attempting to turn
    180 degrees in the slot.

    However, the advantage is that you don't have objects falling into
    the paper path ala a straight-feed printer from above. (eg. more kid proof)

    * OEM Papers. Epson has more papers to choose from than the other
    vendors. You can use 3rd party papers, but you're never guarenteed
    compatibility or color gamut as one made by the maker.

    * Built-in Scanner/Copier.

    eg. the new Epson RX500 6-color printer, 2400dpi scanner, color
    copier, 35mm scanner all-in-one for $249 (see www.epson.com ->
    all-in-one models) is the best quality all-in-one you can buy today.

    This one model, for not much more than a good 6-color photo printer,
    helps reduce clutter on your desktop, and adds the convenience of
    printing directly from digicam flash cards + scanning directly to flash
    cards w/o a PC!

    * Speed

    If you want speed, Canon's are it. faster than the rest.

    ---

    Quick picks?

    Cheap? Epson 925 at $99 on sale.
    More? Epson RX500 all-in-one at $249.
    Wide? Any 6-color wide-body.
     
    David Chien, Oct 25, 2003
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