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A3 printer choice, Canon or Epson?


Woofmix 6 69 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2008 9:18PM
Hi folks,

I'm preparing to buy an A3 photo printer and would like your opinions and / or experiences (plus other recommendations) on the following selection.

Canon Pro9000
Canon Pro9500
Epson R2880

From my research so far I prefer the Epson but I have a mountain of Canon A4 photo paper for my current printer a Canon IP4500, will the Epson print ok on the Canon photo paper?

All opinions welcome.

Happy snapping Smile
Paul

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floreus 10 106 1
18 Oct 2008 9:26PM
Hi Paul, I'm thinking of buying the Canon Pro9500. Why does your research suggest that the epson R2880 is better?
Cheers
KenTaylor e2
10 3.0k 2 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2008 9:27PM
Canon Pro9500 just has the edge I think for this round of new models. The Epson 2880 althpough good quality has the ridiculous cartridge capacity of 11ml
Ken
Woofmix 6 69 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2008 9:37PM
Hi Floreus,

Really it's all very even stevens but the reviews I've read just seem to favour the Epson, although Dashbox is saying the ink capacity is small on the Epson so I guess thats a consideration.
From what I can gather the R2880 is a 2008 model whereas the Canons were released in 2007 so if that really matters I guess it's another point for the R2880.
One review suggested while the 9500 was excellent it possibly wasn't the best choice if most of your printing will be on glossy paper, not a quality issue but just a value for money issue.
See why I'm so undecided!!! :-p

Paul
floreus 10 106 1
18 Oct 2008 9:40PM
Thanks Paul, I know the feeling - i've been trawling through web reviews too Smile
pink 11 1.9k 5 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2008 10:40PM
I bought the Epson R2400 and have not one regret, even though I am a dyed in the wool Canon man. Its a superb printer and produces superb results straight out of the box. I am sure the newer model is even better as well.
Geraint 8 715 34 Wales
18 Oct 2008 10:46PM
I bought the Canon 9500 a few weeks ago. Superb results, especially for b&w.
Little Jo e2
13 2.3k United Kingdom
18 Oct 2008 11:07PM
I've been using a Canon 9500 since June last year. The prints are excellent, though the pigment ink don't do good glossy prints as this printer has no glossy optimiser like the Epson R800 had. Colour matching, quietness and ease of use cannot be faulted. With ten cartridges, you do end up buying lots of ink, but a full set can be obtained from Photoglossy or MX2 for 76.99 post free.

One big bonus is that in almost 17 months of ownership, I've had no issues with clogged printheads at all. No banding, so cleaning cycles haven't been needed. Epsons pigment printers are much more prone to clogging. You can end up wasting a lot of ink just keeping the ink flowing.

Do be aware that there are 35mm forced margins top and bottom of the page on Fine Art papers with the Canon which aren't to everyone's liking. It doesn't bother me, but you have been warned.

Build quality is excellent and it doesn't stop you listening to tv or conversation while it prints. Printing is slow, compared to some other printers, but the quality makes it worthwhile.

The only other disadvantage is that the inks for this printer aren't readily available on the High St, so you are dependent on mail order.

Jo
cameracat 11 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
19 Oct 2008 1:06AM
All those reviewers are playing with brand new machines, They run out a few prints then wrtire up the reviews.......!

They rarely try living with the machine from one year to the next, Therefore they also rarely mention things like " Nozzle Clogging " !

Nozzle clogging is something Epson are famous for, Every Epson pprinter we have had in the past & present clog up, Even when in regular use, Leave the thing for a couple of days, And it clogs up, And thats with Epsons highly expensive genuine ink.....!

We now use Canon printers, No clogging, Not never even on our 3 year old iP8500......!

Pays your money takes your choice.........!
Woofmix 6 69 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2008 12:41PM

Quote:I've been using a Canon 9500 since June last year. The prints are excellent, though the pigment ink don't do good glossy prints as this printer has no glossy optimiser like the Epson R800 had.



Most of my printing will be on glossy paper so is this possibly not the best choice for me then?

Thanks,

Paul
lobsterboy e2
11 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2008 1:07PM

Quote:Nozzle clogging is something Epson are famous for, Every Epson pprinter we have had in the past & present clog up, Even when in regular use, Leave the thing for a couple of days, And it clogs up, And thats with Epsons highly expensive genuine ink.....!


I have never had a problem with my Epsons clogging - so it might be a luck/certain models thing. In addition I notice certain modifications have been made to the latest models to reduce the problem, so they might be better now.

Though of course YMMV Wink
User_Removed 7 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2008 1:21PM
I moved from an Epson 1290 to a Canon PIXMA 9000. About the only thing they have in common is that they're both printers. The Canon is superior in every department except footprint.
lobsterboy e2
11 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2008 1:33PM

Quote:I moved from an Epson 1290 to a Canon PIXMA 9000. About the only thing they have in common is that they're both printers.


Not really a fair comparison though - the Epson is about 5 years older than the Canon Wink
mattw 11 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2008 2:47PM
Anyone use the R1400?
Elemobe 6 36 1 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2008 2:59PM
Useful thread, I am also trying to decide between the Epson & the Canon. Favouring Epson at the moment due to reviews and a neighbour/friend/professional photographer has highly recommended the Epson. I currently have a Canon IP5200 which has been really good.

If/when I do buy an A3 printer, I am going to be buying one of these

Although another lump of money up front, can save a lot in the long run.

Linda

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