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44" printer that will do 4 x 6's?

 
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Mar 29, 2014 21:58 |  #1

Starting to think about getting a new printer. Are there any 44" printers that will do a 4 x 6 print? I'd like to have a one stop shop so to speak.


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Mar 30, 2014 03:10 |  #2

I don't think so. Maybe the best way to do it on a large format printer is set them out in a row or rows;
7 wide using 6" horizontal or 11 wide going 4" horizontal.

Buy a decent 44" roller cutter & your in.

Either arrange the images in PS on a 44" wide background or use a RIP of some sort.




  
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Mar 30, 2014 04:07 |  #3

Epson printers stop accepting anything below 8x10" starting from the 17" 4900 on up, though it's very difficult to stuff even an 8x10" sheet into a 44"er... I'd say 13x19 is the practical minimum for 44".

Only thing you can do is batch print and use a roller cutter as was said, or maybe get a 3880 just for doing 4x6" to 8x10"s and keep your 44" loaded with roll paper.


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Apr 03, 2014 19:51 |  #4

My Epson 7900 will print any size. I just printed 2"x2" photos for passports. Yes, I'm using 8x11 paper. Never tried smaller. And mine is only 24" wide. Wish it were the 9900.




  
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Apr 04, 2014 21:49 |  #5

thanks for the input everyone, i'll prob figure something out for 4 x 6's. i have narrowed it down to the 9900, 9890 and 11880...most likely will get the latter as if you are going to go big...you may as well go big.


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Apr 04, 2014 23:04 |  #6

For my 4 X 6 prints I have 1 of those little portable printers that does an excellent job and is very economical to operate....I think it is an HP. It will actually do up to 5 X 7 as well.


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Apr 05, 2014 04:17 |  #7

bigcountry wrote in post #16810853 (external link)
thanks for the input everyone, i'll prob figure something out for 4 x 6's. i have narrowed it down to the 9900, 9890 and 11880...most likely will get the latter as if you are going to go big...you may as well go big.

Some points to consider about the 11880:
1. Obvious, but make sure you have the room and manpower for the behemoth :lol:
2. Hasn't been updated in a while and is a couple of generations behind the other printer models, though K3 inks are still technically good; they never expire and clog very rarely.
3. 60" rolls are not proportionately more expensive than 44" rolls, they are much more expensive and also harder to find in stock!!
4. Printer width is the limit for the short side of your prints, meaning you can make 60x90" prints if you wanted to, but will you really need more than 42" for the short side?
5. Good luck trying to find a 64" rotary cutter.

You can of course use any smaller-size roll on the 11880, and it's currently "only" $2000 more than the 9900 at B&H, but these are still things I wanted to mention.


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Apr 05, 2014 09:50 |  #8

Thanks for the comments Kolor-Pikker.

I have a client that wants four canvas prints bigger than what the 9900 or 9890 can do. i could probably talk them into a smaller print, but why?

I am pretty certain that if i showed other clients canvas wraps that are huge i can sell them, because i've learned over the years if you show it, you will sell it.

I wouldn't need a rotary cutter as this would be for large prints only.

I have the 7800 and it makes amazing prints, just looking to go bigger than 24".

as far as the 4 x 6's go, i am living in a pipe dream wanting something all in one.

i have been told by epson and dealers that the 9890/11880 is recommended for the photography world other as the x900 series is more for proofing/labeling world. so i have it down to the 9890.

as far as the canvas/material goes, i don't use epson, ever since they switched their material a couple of years ago, i switched brands. the cost of 44", 54" and 60" isn't that huge of a gap.

I will do more research though. Again, i am pretty confident once i show people a 48 x 72 wrapped canvas some will buy it.

Right now w/ the 7800 the biggest wrapped canvas i can do is 20 x 30, and i sell 50-60 of those a year.


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Apr 05, 2014 10:32 |  #9

i have been told by epson and dealers that the 9890/11880 is recommended for the photography world other as the x900 series is more for proofing/labeling world. so i have it down to the 9890.

Epson has printer models dedicated to proofing and labeling, so the x900 models are still very much for photography, besides you need white ink for labels. I've also heard the the new ink formula tends to clog more often.

as far as the canvas/material goes, i don't use epson, ever since they switched their material a couple of years ago, i switched brands. the cost of 44", 54" and 60" isn't that huge of a gap.

I suppose it depends on where you live, where I am the prices and availability are silly compared to the US, so I can't even get many off-brand papers if I wanted to. I still use Epson canvas, the Satin variant, since I've been using it for a while now and don't want to fix what's not broken.

I wouldn't need a rotary cutter as this would be for large prints only.

Printers doesn't always spit out exactly what you want, and my 9800 refuses to use it's internal cutter for some reason, even though it hasn't been used much. I guess that since it's canvas you can just use a sharp pair of scissors or a box cutter to trim if you need to; it only really matters to have a clean edge with regular paper.


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Apr 05, 2014 11:12 |  #10

bigcountry wrote in post #16796038 (external link)
Starting to think about getting a new printer. Are there any 44" printers that will do a 4 x 6 print? I'd like to have a one stop shop so to speak.

Have you looked at any of the Canon IPF Series Products...namely the 8-color 8400S-44" or 9400S-60" printers. Canon also offers 44" and 60" 12-color devices. Also, the IPF devices support borderless printing on both 44" and 60" models. All very nice products and will give Epson a run for its money.

For the 4"x6"(8" is the smallest cut sheet size you can feed on the devices) you can use the "free layout" function in the print driver to nest as many 4"x6" as you desire.

If you have any questions let me know as I sell these devices for Canon. Take a look at this competitive brief. (external link)..

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Apr 05, 2014 11:16 |  #11

bigcountry wrote in post #16796038 (external link)
Starting to think about getting a new printer. Are there any 44" printers that will do a 4 x 6 print? I'd like to have a one stop shop so to speak.

Hopefully this response is not too late, but Canon makes several suitable printers in the imagePROGRAF (external link) line. However, they're exceptionally expensive.




  
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Apr 05, 2014 11:43 |  #12

Just a thought: why not consider using a lab instead of buying a huge printer? For me I got the 7900 ridiculously cheap. I had it shipped from California to NY. Free shipping. It was 3299 with $900 rebate. After selling my 4800 it was almost free so had to have it.

BUT: because I don't use it a lot (cause my pics suck so not worth printing large) it constantly has nozzle clogs and needs cleaning cycle. That uses lots of expensive ink.

Oh well, you wanna play with the big boys you gotta pay.

Look forward to seeing what you get.




  
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