OT - what printer is good for low cost B+W photos?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by some guy, Mar 17, 2005.

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    some guy Guest

    I have zero experience in this area. Are there any type of laser
    printers that have good grey scale printing? Or should I use a
    particular kind of bubble/ink jet? I'm attracted to the laser because
    of the lower cost per page cost. But perhaps it would use a lot more
    ink printing a picture?
    some guy, Mar 17, 2005
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    tomm101 Guest

    Depends what you are looking for, for reports and such a higher end
    laser printer
    works well, color ones are probably the best. Have always been partial
    to Xerox Phasers. For display even the best lasers have too much
    dithering. For cheap MIS associates (www.inkjet.com) makes a B&W ink
    set for the Epson 8XC printers that has been well received, $80 for the
    printer $53 for the B&W inks. Otherwise the Epson 2200, maybe the Epson
    R series, and probably the HP Designjet 30 and 130.

    tomm101, Mar 17, 2005
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    RichA Guest

    Typically, ink cost estimates are based on 5% coverage per page,
    which is not very useful when judging picture printing costs.
    But a laser printer will print about 5000 pages with an $80 cartridge
    versus a few hundred 5% pages with a $50 black cartridge in an
    ink jet. If you increase coverage to say 50% a laserprinter will
    still provide 500 pages, but with an inkjet you'd be lucky to get 50,
    depending on the machine you're using.
    Ink jets will produce a better greyscale, but of course kill you
    with the ink cost. That's how they make their money.
    Laser printers are far more economical but have (in the lower cost
    units) limited resolution levels. But lasers can also print on lesser
    grade paper stocks with greater fidelity than inkjets because laser
    ink isn't "wet." To get good results with an inkjet, you need glossy
    picture paper which costs anywhere from $.40 to $2.00 a page,
    depending on the quality and company.
    RichA, Mar 17, 2005
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    Lee Guest

    For excellent quality low-cost B&W printing, I'm using an Epson C86 with
    MIS EZ inks (see http://www.inksupply.com NAYYY). I think you can find the
    printer for about 80 bucks. For paper, I mostly use Epson Enhanced
    Matte...for more archival prints, Hahnemuhle Photo Rag.

    Look at Paul Roark's page for more info on the whole EZ system:

    There is an active group on YahooGroups at
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DigitalBlackandWhiteThePrint that discusses
    digital B&W printing extensively...the discussion is largely
    Epson-oriented, but others are discussed from time to time...you'll see
    that there are a lot of options for good B&W printing...but IMO, the best
    inexpensive solution is the C86/EZ combo.

    Have fun!

    Lee, Mar 18, 2005
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