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I'm looking at mono inkjet printing, with a dedicated set-up, possibly a CIS system, on various paper finishes and with a view to doing sepia?, any suggestion on printers and ink systems would be appreciated.
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why not get a epson r2400 or the one which replaced it which i cant remember.
i have the 2400 and its a cracking printer for mono, does colour also and therefore only takes up 1/2 the space of having one for mono and one for colour
Hi Ian, appreciate the comment. As I understand it the 2400 has been replaced. By what I don't know?
How do you get on with colour management and calibration?
I use epson ink and paper originally and all was well.
About a year ago i decided i wanted to try other peoples papers and i bought a print calibrator which works really well so i created profiles for non epson paper.
with the epson ink and paper and there standard curves i saw no issues with colour casts etc.
Is the replacement the R2800 ???
I'm thinking of getting a munki photo but I'm not sure about it's relevance in mono printing. I feel it could solve my continuing problem with getting consistent colour. I got a Spyder 3 pro but that didn't improve anything colour - wise. the Munki seems to be the in thing at the moment but if it's not necessary I'd sooner put the money elsewhere.
There is an R2800 not sure if that's the one, suppose it's down to price comparison?
You mentioned printing sepia so colour management is important.
Sepia pictures are colour.
I use an HP B8850 and the B&W prints are great. It uses a light grey ink and produces very neutral images.
Some of the Epson printers are apparently even better as they use 2 grey inks.
These are all high end printers with expensive inks.
If you are looking for a budget printer remember that they print B&W using colour inks so there is often a slight colour cast.
Having said that this is not always unpleasant.
I thought the B&W prints from my Epson R300 were pretty good until I compared them to the HP.
For a dedicated B&W printer Lyson produce a B&W ink set for some printers (mainly epson). This replaces the colour inks with shades of grey and they supply software to make it work properly. This probably produces the best B&W results. However if you go down this route you will not be able to print sepia & b&w on the same printer.
Thanks for the input and advice.
I have decided to go for a dedicated printer, something like an old epson 1290, for a starter and get a narrow gamut inkset from either Lyson or Permajet to give me mono. I was advised that one of them do a 'quad black' which should allow some kind of toning ie: Sepia.
Also going to get a Colour Munki Photo this weekend and re-calibrate my current colour setup, which has been a real pain since it's installation.
Once again thanks for the contributions.
Quote: I was advised that one of them do a 'quad black' which should allow some kind of toning ie: Sepia.
As Ian mentioned you will need colour to achieve a sepia tone. Also note that Marrutt have discontinued the 1290 narrow gamut set so you may have trouble obtaining supplies. Not checked anywhere else though.
A 1290 or similar with small gamut specialist inks would be a good solution to mono printing. However, I need high quality colour and mono printing so bought the Epson 2880. This printer has multiple Black inks so can produce excellent monochrome and there is no need to print sepia but you can add toning easily in the advanced mono mode. The results are excellent for both colour and monochrome.
To give a balanced view of the 2880, it is expensive to run from cartridges (they are small and costly) so would probably not suit you if you just want Mono.
I have an old unwanted and unloved 1290 that you are more than welcome to for the price of postage and a beer.
PM me if you're interested
I have replaced it with a HP B9180 which is the absolute dog's
A very generous offer, see my PM.
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