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Which A3 printer?


I am wanting to buy a new A3 printer. I have an iMac.
I was thinking Epson 1900 or 2880 (although that is very expensive) Any ideas please. All the other information on here is a few years old. Or is a Canon a better bet? Have always had Epson
Jenni

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justin c 10 4.5k 36 England
6 Oct 2009 9:22PM
The Epson 3800 (or the newer 3880) may be a good choice if you do a fair bit of printing. The cartridges are 80mm in size, which is considerably larger than on the two models you mention and will work out cheaper in the long run.
The initial purchase price looks expensive but it comes with 350 of ink.
gary_d e2
6 556 13 Wales
6 Oct 2009 10:40PM
Another big thumbs up for the 3800 absolutely brilliant and affordable to run, DPSB has the best price I have seen - gary
mattw 10 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2009 10:51PM
The 3800 (or 3880) is very highly regarded, but it is an A2 printer (and does not support roll printing).

If you have the budget, go for the 2880.

However I did not have the budget for the 2880, so I went for the 1900 instead. Print quality is very impressive, however as I only purchased it recently, I yet to find out what the running costs are.
LensYews 5 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2009 11:08PM
You can get an R2880 from Camera World for 529 currently, and the Canon 9500 (pigment) is roughly the same price. The Canon 9000 (dye) is 379 at RGB tech
gary_d e2
6 556 13 Wales
6 Oct 2009 11:15PM
However I did not have the budget for the 2880, so I went for the 1900 instead. Print quality is very impressive, however as I only purchased it recently, I yet to find out what the running costs are


The 2880 is far more expensive to run and to buy when you facter in the price of a full set of inks compared to the 3800, and you can print to A2 if you wish.

gary
MattGrayson 7 622 3 England
6 Oct 2009 11:47PM
The R1900 is a great printer. Smile
11 Oct 2009 5:57PM
Are you sure you want to print yourself?
Inks cost around 1.60 for an A3 for a 1900 or 2880.
Add paper at say 1.20 on top gets to 2.80.
Assuming 1,000 A3 prints over the life time of a 2440 adds another 0.50 - now 3.30 an A3.
Add wastage (not all prints are right first time) gets you to over 3.50.
It is often cheaper to send digital files to a lab.
In the NE of UK more than 50% of Club photographers have stopped doing there own printing and use labs like RGB.
lobsterboy e2
10 14.2k 13 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2009 6:13PM

Quote:In the NE of UK more than 50% of Club photographers have stopped doing there own printing and use labs like RGB.


Where on earth does one find a statistic like that ?
mbharris 6 32 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2009 6:43PM
Ref. Len's reply.- In spite of the financial costs, (which I acknowledge), there are photographers who still like to be in control of the whole process and who take pride in the final result, me included- encouragement not discouragement!
mattw 10 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2009 8:29PM

Quote:In the NE of UK more than 50% of Club photographers have stopped doing there own printing and use labs like RGB


Labs like ProAm (which I also use alongside the 1900) are great for bulk orders as the cost per print is a lot cheeper. However - postage costs need to be taken into account, and there is the turn around time to concider.

If you need a single print, in a short timeframe, then you could easily end up spending more on the postage alone with the lab than your calculated cost per print from the 1900/2880.

Plus a home printer will give you access to more media types them most labs offer.
david357 5 12 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2009 1:28PM
Another big thumbs up for home printing, instant results on whatever media you wish to use, no postal strikes to worry about, and if you don't like the resulting print you can tweak the image and reprint in minutes.
....and the Epson r2880 is absolutely superb. I only (presently) use genuine inks in mine, but I know people using the fotospeed continuous ink system. Their prints are equally as good, and have custom profiles for their pcs, at much lower costs.
keith selmes 11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2009 5:18PM
If I needed a new printer I would take a serious look at that 3800, I think its not much bigger than my A3, and after the initial expense, cheaper to run, plus doing larger prints - and I have been asked if I can do A2.

As to sending out, I do have some stuff just done by Photobox, but I really prefer to produce my own prints, and if I want something done to particular dimensions, this is the quickest and probably simplest method.
14 Oct 2009 8:23PM

Quote:Where on earth does one find a statistic like that ?

Judging in the NE, talking to NE photographers, booking NE photographers for lectures and being NYSDPA secretary.

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