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Lulu01
Lulu01  5156 forum posts
13 Jan 2013 - 2:57 PM


Quote: Taking account of you budget have a look at something like this canon A3. Someone in our club has one and gets suprisingly good results from it

I've just looked at this and thought it was quite good value, and like that it hasn't got a load of bells and whistles on it I would never use. However, there are a fair few reviews which mention that the colours are very over saturated and it seems as though you almost have to adjust it every print which will use up a lot of ink whilst printing test images. Has the person in your club had a similar problem do you know?

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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110369 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2013 - 4:13 PM

Not that I'm aware of. If you have you screen properly calibrated and let the printer manage colours I don't see why there should be a problem with even the cheapest printers these days.

Sure, the colour reproduction won't be as good as an 8 or 12 ink printer but it should be consistent and you should be able to adjust your setting once, then leave it to get on with the job

In my experience a lot of the colour problems with cheap printers arise when people try to use the "correct" colour profile, letting Photoshop (or other software) manage the colour - it just don't work in a lot of cases, whereas, getting the image right on a colour calibrated screen then letting the printer manage the colour most often gives the best result

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Lulu01
Lulu01  5156 forum posts
13 Jan 2013 - 4:53 PM

Thanks, brian1208.

dcash29
dcash29  91918 forum posts England
13 Jan 2013 - 4:54 PM

Canon iX6550 fitted with City Inks Continuous ink system

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64542 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2013 - 5:31 PM


Quote: Funnily enough, I've just been looking at the MG range and so many reviews mentioned self clean, and how much ink it wastes.

Ah, wise girl. Wish I'd checked it out properly before buying. Smile

Quote: I wonder if it's a deliberate ploy on the part of Canon so you buy more inks?

I wonder........

StrayCat
StrayCat e2 Member 1014929 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2013 - 5:51 PM

I have a Canon, and the prints are good, especially the B&W, but it gets used too much for printing documents, and costs a fortune in ink. It has 8 cartridges, which I wanted for B&W prints.

However, I think I'll be looking for a good, reputable online print service for photos, and a laser for docs.

stevenb
stevenb e2 Member 11260 forum postsstevenb vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2013 - 5:52 PM

Maybe be the Epson R2000 which is WiFi A3 sells at PC World for apporox 229 not as good as the R3000, but a lot cheaper .
I've also being look at a new printer for sometime , I'd prefer Epson R3000 which I may buy at Focus on Imaging in early March if the price is right.
Might get a show offer, keep my fingers crossed.

Bill

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Lulu01
Lulu01  5156 forum posts
13 Jan 2013 - 6:43 PM


Quote: Canon iX6550 fitted with City Inks Continuous ink system

Thanks, dcash29. Brian1208 also suggested this, but I've read about problems with over saturation. Brian1208 suggested hat providing the screen was properly calibrated and you let the printer manage the colours, it should be ok.

I rather like this printer and an A3 would be handy at times. Have you had any problems?

Lulu01
Lulu01  5156 forum posts
13 Jan 2013 - 6:45 PM


Quote: However, I think I'll be looking for a good, reputable online print service for photos, and a laser for docs.

Good luck, StrayCat!

Lulu01
Lulu01  5156 forum posts
13 Jan 2013 - 6:47 PM


Quote: Maybe be the Epson R2000 which is WiFi A3 sells at PC World for apporox 229 not as good as the R3000, but a lot cheaper .

Thanks, Bill. I'll check out the R2000.

dcash29
dcash29  91918 forum posts England
13 Jan 2013 - 10:25 PM


Quote: Thanks, dcash29. Brian1208 also suggested this, but I've read about problems with over saturation. Brian1208 suggested hat providing the screen was properly calibrated and you let the printer manage the colours, it should be ok.

I rather like this printer and an A3 would be handy at times. Have you had any problems?

I havent actually got this printer a friend has and he loves it. Ive seen his prints and they are excellent without any calibrations with the setup i mentioned

Lulu01
Lulu01  5156 forum posts
14 Jan 2013 - 7:06 AM

Thanks, dcash29.

capto
capto e2 Member 21247 forum postscapto vcard United Kingdom7 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jan 2013 - 6:55 PM

What ever printer you decide on check the cost of inks, could save you a shock.

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Quote: crookymonsta: We are using an Epson R2880 with a Lyson continuous ink system, very economical! Judges have expressly commented on the quality of our prints in club competitions.

I agree with you!.. Grin



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brian1208
brian1208 e2 Member 1110369 forum postsbrian1208 vcard United Kingdom12 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jan 2014 - 7:38 AM


Quote: What ever printer you decide on check the cost of inks, could save you a shock.

it all depends on how you cost it. A set of cartridges for the Epson R3000 looks expensive at 179 but when you realise that works out at less than 1.50 for the ink for a 15"x10" print (when the fine art papers I use are around 2.00 - 3.50) it suddenly doesn't seem to bad.

You never have to replace all the cartridges in one go, which softens the impact of the cost even more.

If you want the most economical route though, go to someone like DS colour labs but its will be satin or gloss paper only (very good quality), the same sized print works out at around 0.85 from memory

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