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danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10474 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2009 - 10:22 AM

My 1290 has finaly given up the ghost. I have looked at previous reports and advice in the forums but I guess some of it will now bw out of date.
I need a new A3 printer.. which way do I go Canon or Epson. I am looking for reasonably good quality at a sensible price and I must take the cost of inks into consideration. Incidentally when I do decide where am I going to get the best deal?
Thank you in anticipation

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yellowduke
16 Mar 2009 - 12:07 PM

Photoplus mag just done a review (April 09 issue) that put the Canon Pixma Pro 9000 as best on test and the HP Photosmart B8558 as best value.

MeanGreeny
16 Mar 2009 - 12:17 PM

The best printer reviews on the web are at photo-i.co.uk

Geraint
Geraint  8715 forum posts Wales34 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2009 - 12:29 PM


Quote: The best printer reviews on the web are at photo-i.co.uk

I second that. I use the Canon Pixma Pro 9500 and am extremely happy with it. Print quality is superb, and b&w prints are outstanding. I don't know what your budget is but I paid 430 for mine about 6 months ago, and a full set of inks (10 of them) cost 90 from MX2 (cheapest place I could find). It's quite expensive to run, but if you're going to be making money from your prints then I'd say it's worth it.
Geraint

P.S. I got mine from Park Cameras by the way.

Last Modified By Geraint at 16 Mar 2009 - 12:29 PM
LeighRebecca
16 Mar 2009 - 2:13 PM

On Jacobs shop it says a 100 rebate is currently available for the canon 9500, or a 50 rebate for the 9000. They are also the cheapest on camerapricebuster at the moment.
I think the difference is that the 9000 uses dye inks and the 9500 uses pigment inks and a wider range of colours.

stevie
stevie e2 Member 101198 forum postsstevie vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2009 - 2:26 PM

I've had a Pixma 9500 for a while now, fantastic on art paper, excellent B&W, great on matt paper - but not great (just 'good') on glossy paper. For glossy I have an old i9950 inkjet, which is actually quite a bit better on glossy although it doesn't have pigment inks.

danbrann
danbrann e2 Member 10474 forum postsdanbrann vcard 15 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2009 - 6:26 PM

Thanks for input. As a matter of interest I visited Asda today and got a Canon A4 printer with ink for 15.00 which will do fine for printing the odd notice or whatever.

Andy_S
Andy_S  7 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2009 - 9:02 PM


Quote: I've had a Pixma 9500 for a while now, fantastic on art paper, excellent B&W, great on matt paper

Is it the 9500 that has a limitation whereby you can't do borderless on 19x13 matte fine art paper?

Considering an A3 printer myself, and wondering how people find this limitation in practice (if it is true!).

Andy.

Mike_g
Mike_g  837 forum posts United Kingdom
17 Mar 2009 - 10:55 PM


Quote: Is it the 9500 that has a limitation whereby you can't do borderless on 19x13 matte fine art paper?


Yes it is. It has a 35mm border top and bottom on fine art paper only. I find it OK for A3 prints, Not too bad for A4 -- I tend to print square images so I usually have a wide border top and bottom. It's a pain if you want to print fine art cards, A5 size etc.

Mike

stevie
stevie e2 Member 101198 forum postsstevie vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2009 - 6:06 AM


Quote: Is it the 9500 that has a limitation whereby you can't do borderless on 19x13 matte fine art paper?

Strictly speaking this is true, if you select 'fine art' from the menu on A3+ paper, a 35mm border is automatically generated. However, by selecting 'borderless printing' and then 'matte paper' you can still get (as far as I can see) a reasonable borderless A3+ print even with fine art paper.
Steve

Andy_S
Andy_S  7 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2009 - 7:27 AM

Thanks for the info on this.

Steve - when you say 'reasonable' do you mean that you can tell the difference, or do you mean that to all intents or purposes the print still has the same quality?

Thanks,
Andy.

stevie
stevie e2 Member 101198 forum postsstevie vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2009 - 9:41 AM

The answer to that is I'm not sure. I think (although I don't know for certain) that the problem with some art papers is loss of quality at the edges when borderless printing is carried out. I also suspect it depends on the type of art paper, some seem to differ very little from a good matte paper. However, I've certainly managed borderless on A3+ paper with, what seems to me, acceptable quality. I'm sure Canon could give a response to this - although they might give a 'not recommended.....' type of answer.

Mike_g
Mike_g  837 forum posts United Kingdom
18 Mar 2009 - 11:01 AM

The reason is that Canon were concerned about head strikes on thick media which can curl upwards slightly when loaded with ink.

The only way around it is to use the matte paper setting and get a custom profile made using that paper type.

Mike

davidbailie
davidbailie e2 Member 11451 forum postsdavidbailie vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2009 - 11:17 AM

Try these folks for inks - they seem cheaper than any I've come across - perticularly if you're buying more than 1 set at a time HERE

Last Modified By davidbailie at 18 Mar 2009 - 11:20 AM
davidbailie
davidbailie e2 Member 11451 forum postsdavidbailie vcard United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
18 Mar 2009 - 11:23 AM

.......... even particularly - perhaps more so Smile

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