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A3 printer Choice


danbrann e2
10 495 15
16 Mar 2009 10:22AM
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 I have looked at previous reports and advice in the forums but I guess some of it will now bw out of date.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 6 303 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2009 12:07PM
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 9 3.7k England
16 Mar 2009 12:17PM
The best printer reviews on the web are at photo-i.co.uk
Geraint 8 715 34 Wales
16 Mar 2009 12:29PM

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.
LeighRebecca 7 267 10 England
16 Mar 2009 2:13PM
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 e2
10 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2009 2:26PM
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 e2
10 495 15
16 Mar 2009 6:26PM
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 7 13 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2009 9:02PM

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 8 37 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2009 10:55PM

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 e2
10 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2009 6:06AM

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 7 13 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2009 7:27AM
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 e2
10 1.2k 2 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2009 9:41AM
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 8 37 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2009 11:01AM
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 e2
11 451 6 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2009 11:17AM
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
davidbailie e2
11 451 6 United Kingdom
18 Mar 2009 11:23AM
.......... even particularly - perhaps more so Smile

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