printer recommendation - for wide prints

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by JC Dill, Aug 12, 2004.

  1. JC Dill

    JC Dill Guest

    I have been using an Epson 1280 at work. I need to either A) buy print
    cartridges for it or B) buy my own printer. I may not be working there
    much longer (I'm a contract employee, and I'm itching to start doing
    photography full time), so I'll have to buy my own eventually at some
    point anyhow.

    I would like to buy something that can do large format prints. The
    Epson can print up to 13 inches wide and I bought 2 boxes of 13x19
    glossy and watercolor paper to print for a portrait customer and I was
    quite happy with the results, so I'm looking for something of similar
    use and quality. What are the Canon and HP equivalents to the Epson for
    this purpose? I'm a bit leery of buying an Epson that is this expensive
    given that I have a 1520 that is dead due to a clogged vacuum tube to
    the black print head, due to sitting unused for several months. I have
    heard that this is a common problems with Epson printers, so unless I
    hear that it isn't a know problem with the 1280 I'm inclined to get a
    non-Epson that can better take being left idle without risk of clogging up.


    JC Dill, Aug 12, 2004
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    Bob Williams Guest

    Don't trash your 1520 just yet.
    Connect a hypodermic syringe filled with Windex to the vacuum tube with
    a piece of PVC tubing. Inject about 1-2 ml into the tube. Let it soak
    for 10-15 minutes and inject another 1-2 ml.
    If any other jets are plugged, give them the same treatment.
    Try it, you will like it.
    Bob Williams
    Bob Williams, Aug 12, 2004
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