How to find the best photo paper for inkject (Epson photo 870)?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by peter, Feb 27, 2005.

  1. peter

    peter Guest

    Is there any resource on the web that would help me find the best glossy
    photo paper for an Epson stylus photo 870 so I won't have to buy different
    papers to test?

    What would be ideal is some sort of specification about the paper (e.g.
    whiteness, ink absorption, dot gain, etc) and specification on the printers
    so that given the spec of any printer, you can pick out the papers that are
    going to work well with it without doing any testing.
     
    peter, Feb 27, 2005
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  2. Is there something wrong with Epson paper?

    Gary Eickmeier
     
    Gary Eickmeier, Feb 27, 2005
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  3. I would also like to find an alternate.

    The problem with the Epson paper is the high price in my case.
    It is almost to the point where the paper for the wrap-around
    DVD case is the most expensive part of the package.
     
    Richard Crowley, Feb 27, 2005
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  4. Is there something wrong with Epson paper?
    I'd really like to find an alternative as well but in a direct comparison,
    after all new cartridges, prints on the Epson paper just look _better_ than
    on HP, Canon, etc., at least with my R200. My wife and I have done the
    comparison twice now and it's always the same.

    With the price of printable CD/DVD's, jewel cases, photo paper and ink,
    making your own disks can get to be a bit expensive. <g> But you have to
    love the look on people's face when you give them your work and it looks
    professional. Quality never is cheap, unfortunately.
     
    Chuck U. Farley, Feb 27, 2005
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  5. peter

    bjeanneb Guest

    I have come to the same conclusion. If it's important to have a
    good-looking product, you have to pay the "cost of doing business."

    Jeanne
     
    bjeanneb, Feb 28, 2005
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  6. Jewel cases (or "Amray"-style DVD cases) are remarkably cheap
    (<50 cents) As are printable discs (both CD and DVD). And I bought
    the continuous ink supply (from an eBay fellow in Hong Kong) that
    was recommended in www.videohelp.com The CIS gadget should
    lower the cost of the printing/ink to a very few cents per page/disc.
     
    Richard Crowley, Feb 28, 2005
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  7. peter

    JT Guest

    I've not found any cheap papers that compare to the first-line
    products. People will have opinions, but Epson paper is pretty nearly
    unbeatable in an Epson printer. Rather than shop for cheaper paper,
    look for a cheaper supplier for Epson paper. Costco used to sell 100
    sheets of Epson photo paper for about USD18, but I haven't looked
    recently. And if you don't mind ebay, sometimes there are deals there.
    And sometimes a stupid buyer pays a bit more than retail.
     
    JT, Mar 5, 2005
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  8. "JT" wrote ...

    Yeah, they had them ONCE at my Costo, but I've never seen them
    again (in almost two years). Also ONCE at the same Costco, they
    had the break-apart no-perf business card stock. But never to appear
    again. That's Costco for you. No continuity, especially of the good
    stuff.

    OTOH, I got a marvelous business card cutter for ~$75 which
    cuts perfect size/shape business cards out of any A-size stock.
    Works like magic and is even fun to use. One of my best buys
    of last year.
     
    Richard Crowley, Mar 5, 2005
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