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Epson Photo Printer for <$600 ?

 
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Nov 17, 2012 00:02 |  #1

I am interested in buying my first Photo Printer. I'd like to go with Epson and mostly print 8 x 10, but I do want to go a bit bigger on occassion. . . I don't really know what to be looking for in printers so any advice and suggestions is very appreciated.




  
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Nov 17, 2012 00:23 |  #2

When you say "a bit bigger on occasion" then you are talking about printers that will handle 13"x19" (and larger) paper -- some will take rolls, and I believe Epson is an example of that. I've made great prints from my old HP printer, ones that I've happily framed and hung, but I wasn't looking for a "bargain" printer -- I believed I spent about $700 for it. These days Epson and Canon both have good offerings, although I don't know the specifics!


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Nov 17, 2012 10:18 |  #3

R2880 or R3000 are good. R3880 is bigger, but if you print a lot, it's cheaper in the long run due to the bigger ink tanks.


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Nov 17, 2012 12:56 as a reply to  @ René Damkot's post |  #4

I have a 3880 I bought reconditioned on the Epson site, less than a thousand. I would recomend the Epsons highly. I converted to refillable carts and Cone Inks, they have carts for the 2880 and 3000 models also. Cut my ink cost to about 25% of the Epson carts, 360 mls bottle for just over 50 bucks, check out Ink Jet Mall. The 3880 let's you replace the maintence cart also so the machine will not just quit when it is full.


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Nov 18, 2012 16:14 as a reply to  @ ralff's post |  #5

Take a look at the Epson R2000. Will print up to 13". Can cover print with a clear coat to minimise gloss differential on glossy, luster, semi gloss paper. Will also print CD's/DVD's.

Have used one for about the last year or better, after we ran the wheels off one of it's predecessors, the R1800. Recommended.




  
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Nov 18, 2012 21:16 |  #6

Don't rule out the Artisan 1430, which replaced the Stylus 1400 early this year. It also does 13x19, and CDs/DVDs, and does wireless too. This would be your low-cost option, if you want to go with Epson wide-format. Ink costs should be less than the others, too.

(Disclaimer: I have one, but have not used it for CDs/DVDs and don't use the wireless connection either.)




  
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Nov 19, 2012 08:13 |  #7

Since I got my 3880 a year and a half ago? I haven't kept up with the newer printers, not interested, so not sure what inks they are using. If you are selling prints I would only consider pigment printers, first thing most galleries ask. Are your prints pigments or dyes? Canon is switching more to pigments to reach the pro printers and they are evidently very good. If I could find bulk tanks for them I would give them a try but ink cost is what kills printing at home IMO. Tried the continuous feed systems and they all leak eventually.


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