suggestions for a consumer/prosumer photo printer

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Alex Sector, Jun 2, 2004.

  1. Alex Sector

    Alex Sector Guest

    hello,

    i'm interested in getting a photo printer to, obviously, print some photos
    from a canon 300d :) but i'm not sure what to get. i'm concerned with the
    longevity of the ink and the colour fastness as well as quality. i am
    currently looking at the main brands of canon and epson, mainly the i990 and
    the r210 respectively (but also at anything up to a4 size, r800 etc). i've
    read that they seem to have the better of ink longevity (in terms of colour
    retention) out of the other brands, but someone can correct me if i'm wrong
    :) is there a great difference between the two brands of ink?

    if anyone can help me with tips on what to look out for, or any
    recommendations, that would be great :)

    alex
     
    Alex Sector, Jun 2, 2004
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  2. "Alex Sector" <>, far, far away from here,
    appears to have written:

    [snips]
    I'm printing from my 10D, and the Epson R210 is brilliant. (If Henrik
    reads this he will attest to it, but he's probably working :)

    For $240ish, it's great value.
     
    M i c C u l l e n, Jun 2, 2004
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  3. Alex Sector

    me Guest

    Excellent printer had no problems they are now selling at under $220
    street price.

    Ink costs are - retail of $23/cart x6 half the cost of the printer.
    Some places have them for $20 ea.

    rm
     
    me, Jun 2, 2004
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  4. Alex Sector

    Stuffer Guest

    I use an HP7150 with great results.
    Using their longlife paper and inks gives 75 years, so they say.

    CG
     
    Stuffer, Jun 2, 2004
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  5. Alex Sector

    Alex A. Guest

    ahh

    well, epson ink are supposed to be quite archival. though i had brilliant
    pics come out of my old 720, maintenance was a pain in the arse and pocket.
    will check the r210 though, thanks :)

     
    Alex A., Jun 3, 2004
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  6. Alex Sector

    Alex A. Guest

    hmm, never thought about hp with longlife ink. will check that out too,
    thanks :)
     
    Alex A., Jun 3, 2004
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  7. Alex Sector

    michael Guest

    i am looking at purchasing either the canon i865 or i965 any advice would be
    greatly appreciated

    thanks
     
    michael, Jun 3, 2004
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  8. Alex Sector

    Henrik Tived Guest

    Yes, I was quite surpriced with the prints on Mic's printer R210 (and no I
    am not working but on my deathbed! sick like a dog! I should be working!!!
    :) )

    Mic, how is it working now with the new profiles? I also got a little black
    box of ilford for you!

    Hope you are well

    Henrik
    other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people
    interested in you."
     
    Henrik Tived, Jun 3, 2004
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  9. Alex Sector

    Alex A. Guest

    hmm, might give the hp a bit of a miss, since it doesn't have separate ink
    tanks :/ and it seems to be phased out slowly. still, the stats look like
    it's a pretty good printer anyway. thanks for the tip.
     
    Alex A., Jun 3, 2004
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  10. Alex Sector

    Glen Guest

    Got the i965 - it's a fantastic printer. I was surprised how long the carts
    last (considering there are six - its a good thing). I must have printed
    ~250 6x4 before replacing magenta. Other carts are still going strong.

    CD/DVD printing is a great feature, don't know how I lived without it.
    Labelling all those DVD's of RAW files ;-)

    Cheers
    Glen.
     
    Glen, Jun 3, 2004
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  11. Alex Sector

    Nige Guest

    so they say....
     
    Nige, Jun 3, 2004
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  12. Epson R210... we've got one, and it's awesome... I've even got a printed
    photo of my other half in the wallet, and no ink smear....

    other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people
    interested in you."
     
    Andrew Morris, Jun 3, 2004
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  13. Alex Sector

    Alex A. Guest

    just wondering if there's a big difference between the epsons r210 and r310?

    i've got my choices to those two as well as canon i990 and i965. i can't
    find a decent hp that i like apart from multicentres that print photo
    quality. and i might stay away from lexmarks altogether, as i haven't heard
    enough good stuff from them.
     
    Alex A., Jun 4, 2004
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  14. "Henrik Tived" <>, far, far away from here, appears to
    have written:

    [snips]
    Back to work!
    Henrik brings up a good point - when I installed the printer, it didn't
    install any paper profiles. Indeed, it appears that there aren't any
    paper profiles on the CD at all.

    We eventually found them on the Epson site (.au, not US for some reason)
    and it's much improved. (Although I haven't had much of a chance to do
    much printing in the last couple of weeks...)
    Which is Ilford CLASSIC Pearl, unlike the red box SMOOTH Pearl that PRA
    sold me, assuring me it was the right stuff for my printer, which it
    clearly isn't. Enjoy the red box stuff, bro :)
     
    M i c C u l l e n, Jun 4, 2004
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  15. I have an Epson RX510 that is absolutely brilliant - only problem for you
    will be finding a store that has one in stock - don't expect to be able to
    haggle much, demand massively exceeds supply.

    Have printed pictures taken with Olympus E-1/ C770/ C8080/ Mju410, Canon
    Ixus V3, and a variety of 35mm cameras (scanned using the negative adaptor),
    all fantastic quality, most better than an "average" print job from a
    processor. Ink longevity is good, but it's only $25 or so for each of the
    six cartridges, we get over 100 6x4 prints before a single cart runs dry.
    The unit is also used a lot by my wife for colour / b&w photocopying.

    Colour fastness doesn't appear to be an issue so far, the ink is apparently
    "long life" but not quite as good as the "druabrite" ink used in cheaper
    Epson multi-functions targetted at the SOHO market.

    If you want really long life you'll have to go for a dye-sub printer, but in
    A4 they get expensive to buy, and run.
     
    Scott Hillard, Jun 5, 2004
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  16. Alex Sector

    Vulture Guest

    Agree, the R210 is great. Which paper do you use, though? I've found the Epson and
    Fuji paper (premium glossy stuff) the best. Have not been able to get the same results
    with Kodak paper.

    Simon
     
    Vulture, Jun 5, 2004
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  17. Alex Sector

    Vulture Guest

    AFAIK there is a speed difference and a few features on the 310 like LCD screen
    option, ability to plug in your CF cards etc. Stuff I didn't need.
    Simon
     
    Vulture, Jun 5, 2004
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  18. Alex Sector

    Josef Guest

    the longevity of home-burned CD's and DVD's is much more of a worry.

    Joe
     
    Josef, Jun 6, 2004
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  19. Hmm, could be an issue for people who create/sell prints which were
    created via a printer.

    Some inks/papers/printers are far better than others, of course.

    Andrew
    www.andrewmacbeth.com
     
    Andrew MacBeth, Jun 6, 2004
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  20. Alex Sector

    Phred Guest

    Well yes. But what about all those who, not trusting these new
    fangled electronic gizmos, might want to "archive" their images by
    printing them?


    Cheers, Phred.
     
    Phred, Jun 6, 2004
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