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Large Format Printed - Info Wanted

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Oct 15, 2013 09:15 |  #1

I'm looking for a trouble free large format printer. Can anyone offer and direction or recommendations .

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Oct 15, 2013 11:29 |  #2

Sorry, I may be seen as pedantic but can I clarify what you are looking for.

Are you looking to buy a large format printer or are you looking to find a company that can print you out images in large format?

What size do you want to print? Large is subjective and can mean different things to different people.

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Oct 15, 2013 11:40 |  #3

Assuming an actual printing device...

Anything by Epson is great, I have an old-ish 9800 that has an uncanny ability to not clog, and it's fairly reliable overall. But there have been newer models out since then, the 9890 and 9900, which are probably a better idea to buy, unless you can get a really good deal on a used printer.

The 7900 and 9900 are definitely the top of the line, at $4,000 and $6,000 respectively, but do keep in mind that a full set of inks is going to set you back a grand just on their own, so the price of the printer is going to be the least of your expenditures over the years. You can easily make a hundred A2 prints and not see a low ink warning though.

The 7890 and 9890 are both $1,000 cheaper, and use fewer ink types, I think they might make sense to own if you don't intend to print frequently. They use the older K3 inks, which likely aren't as vibrant or have as much gamut as the newer HDR inks, but are also more clog resistant.

If you're talking about a service for making large format prints, first specify where you live.

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Oct 15, 2013 17:07 |  #4

When I "bought up", to me "large format" meant a printer that could print on 13x19 paper, and those are pretty readily available, Epson and Canon being the "top" providers...

In time I realized that bigger would be nice, but my finances wouldn't allow and my office space was limited!

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Oct 16, 2013 03:45 |  #5

if you never want to worry about clogs get a canon. if you want the absolute best print quality then go with epson. i have an epson 9890 and sometimes i want to beat it up Office Space style. but i'll always marvel at how beautiful the prints are

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Oct 17, 2013 09:58 |  #6

FWIW,Costco (external link) is my "trouble free large format printer." Great looking prints, & never a head clog. ; )
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I might not use them for weddings though, so what do you need to print for?

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Oct 17, 2013 22:44 |  #7

I work for Canon selling production printing equipment including the imagePROGRAF line. If you have any questions let me know.


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Nov 26, 2013 16:46 |  #8

I can highly recommend the Epson 9900 pro... Had it for around 3 years now and I have been lucky enough to have it work hard and it has looked after me well...

Would highly recommend this 44" beast...

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Nov 26, 2013 20:41 |  #9

If you like dye inks, the Canon PRO 100 can't be beat. It's also a great buy.

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Nov 26, 2013 21:01 |  #10

I agree with FrankC - Costco is my go-to printer for everything up to 20x30. Not as many options but very few problems and they are 3 miles from the house so printing is almost as quick as if the printer was here.

If I want more I use WHCC.

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