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Printer recommendations please


Lulu01 5 156
13 Jan 2013 2:57PM

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 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2013 4:13PM
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
Lulu01 5 156
13 Jan 2013 4:53PM
Thanks, brian1208.
dcash29 9 2.0k England
13 Jan 2013 4:54PM
Canon iX6550 fitted with City Inks Continuous ink system
SlowSong e2
6 4.8k 29 England
13 Jan 2013 5:31PM

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 e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
13 Jan 2013 5:51PM
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 e2
11 260 6 England
13 Jan 2013 5:52PM
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
Lulu01 5 156
13 Jan 2013 6:43PM

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 5 156
13 Jan 2013 6:45PM

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 5 156
13 Jan 2013 6:47PM

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 9 2.0k England
13 Jan 2013 10:25PM

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 5 156
14 Jan 2013 7:06AM
Thanks, dcash29.
capto e2
2 1.5k 7 United Kingdom
14 Jan 2013 6:55PM
What ever printer you decide on check the cost of inks, could save you a shock.

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 e2
11 10.6k 12 United Kingdom
16 Jan 2014 7:38AM

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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