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Printer Needed


Dingus Avatar
Dingus 10 127 Scotland
21 Jun 2020 11:41AM
Hi folks.

At the moment I have an HP Officejet 6700 that I purchased a while ago. I decided on this printer as it was advertised as a good printer for photos.
However, I've since found it's rubbish for printing direct from Lightroom. It prints the wrong colours. Anything else is fine, just not Lightroom.
Having tried different forums for a solution without success, I've opted to just get another printer.

Can anyone advise me on a decent printer that works with Lightroom?
I'm not a professional, so not looking for a top class one.
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Dave_Canon 17 2.2k United Kingdom
21 Jun 2020 12:04PM
The print colours etc. will be dependent on the inks in the printer, and the data sent to the printer. It will not be a problem with LR or necessarily the printer but possibly how you are using it. The HP Officejet 6700 seems to be marketed as a general Office printer and none of the reviews mentioned photography. If you are intending to buy another printer for photography, I suggest that you look at Epson or Canon; both have a good range.

I use an Epson P600 which is a specialist photographic printer which gives excellent results. I also print from Lightroom. You might also consider using Commercial printing when you need prints. It would be cheaper for me to use a commercial service but I like printing myself and it gives me more flexibility. For colour there it little difference but my home printed B&W is usually much better than commercial services provide.

Dave
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silverscot 10 571 Scotland
21 Jun 2020 12:42PM
Ideally the printer should have more than 2 ink cartridges. Look for a minimum of 4 cartridges(black,yellow,cyan and magenta) this way if one ink runs dry you only have to change or refill one. With only 2 cartridges if one colour runs out you lose what's left of the other 2 in the same unit.
George
Dingus Avatar
Dingus 10 127 Scotland
21 Jun 2020 12:51PM
Thanks for the replies.
It was advertised as being excellent for photographs but I think the sales people were exaggerating a bit.
Yes Dave itís a top class printer for the office.
Iíll have a look at the ones you mention.
My printer has 4 cartridges installed, but I think itís better suited to everyday printing.
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mattw 19 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2020 1:17PM
What paper size are you looking to print to?
A4? A3? A2?

Two golden rules when looking for a photo printer:
1) The more ink colours the merrier (more ink colours mean the printer can mix them into a greater range of colours)

2) Look up the cost of replacement ink cartridges/bottles before buying. Cartridges can be different sizes, so calculate the 'price per ml'.
Cheaper printers are often cheaper because they have (much) more expensive ink. Going for a more expensive printer initially can really save money in the long run.
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seahawk 16 1.4k United Kingdom
21 Jun 2020 1:42PM
I use a Canon Pixma Pro 100, had it for years and still going strong. I prefer Canon over Epson because Epson had a habit of clogging nozzles. I print direct from Lightroom without any problem.
I would recommend using a proper profile for a particular paper. I use paper from here and they will do a free profile for you for their papers.
Dingus Avatar
Dingus 10 127 Scotland
21 Jun 2020 1:51PM
Again thanks for posting.
I was just about to get the Epsom P600 recommend by Dave but SeaH youíve made me doubtful.
The print size would be variable. So not stuck in stone.
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saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 89 Norway
21 Jun 2020 2:11PM

Quote:Again thanks for posting.
I was just about to get the Epsom P600 recommend by Dave but SeaH you’ve made me doubtful.
The print size would be variable. So not stuck in stone.


I also have the Epson P600 and have never had a clogging problem...I agree, too, with Dave about the quality of the results.
DarrenSmithPhotography Avatar
21 Jun 2020 2:18PM
it sounds more like you are struggling with your colour profile and matching it to your paper and printer will result in much better images

my guess is that your LR photos come out a little too dark and printing from the internet come out fine

check out softproofing your images in LR before printing them, match your paper and printer (if its possible)

(I am guessing there is a softproofing tool in LR as there is one in PS)
Dingus Avatar
Dingus 10 127 Scotland
21 Jun 2020 2:40PM
Thanks Darren for your suggestion, Iíll have a look at that.
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Philh04 18 2.3k United Kingdom
21 Jun 2020 2:58PM

Quote:it sounds more like you are struggling with your colour profile and matching it to your paper and printer will result in much better images

Agreed, looking into things it would appear that ICC profiles are in very short supply for that printer, the question needs to be what are your setting in the print tab of Lightroom? If they are wrong then even buying a new printer you may still get incorrect results.
mattw Avatar
mattw 19 5.2k 10 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2020 3:07PM
my experience of Epson printers is that ink clogging was a regular problem many years ago - but something nowadays that happens so infrequently, its not something I am really concerned about anymore. It really is 'once in a blue moon'
Railcam Avatar
Railcam 16 967 2 Scotland
21 Jun 2020 7:13PM
The first stage in getting good prints is to have a calibrated monitor. If your monitor is off, you will adjust your images to look right. In so doing, you may be screwing up a good file, hence it prints all wrong.
Dingus Avatar
Dingus 10 127 Scotland
21 Jun 2020 7:25PM
Thanks Railcam, but yes. I have two monitors and both are calibrated.
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Dave_Canon 17 2.2k United Kingdom
21 Jun 2020 7:27PM
I have not printed anything for a couple of months now as the Camera Club is not meeting so I just did a Nozzle check on my PC600 and the print out is perfect. Epson suggest you only need to do this if the humidity is very low which is rare in the UK.

Dave

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