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A3 Photo Printer?

Thu Oct 02, 2003 7:01 pm

I've been thinking of purchasing a new A3 size colour photo printer... Many people seem to recommend the Canon S9000, but this seems to have been discontinued in favour of the Canon i9100. I've read reviews, etc, and the i9100 seems to be OK, but is anyone using it and if you can you make a personal recommendation? Anyone using any other A3 photo printer that they'd recommend?

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Andy
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RE: A3 Photo Printer?

Thu Oct 02, 2003 7:11 pm

Go for the EPSON 2200. EXCELLENT!!! Great color reproduction, tone, and capable of printing chrome colors. Although short ink tank life but worth for archival.

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RE: A3 Photo Printer?

Thu Oct 02, 2003 7:37 pm

I confirm. Go for Epson.

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RE: A3 Photo Printer?

Thu Oct 02, 2003 9:23 pm

I have the Epson 2200 as well. I'm very happy with it's capabilities; however, I have to admit I've only printed a handful of prints bigger than 8.5x11 paper. One thing I really like is that I can keep the 4x6 roll paper attached to the back of the printer and still use the sheet feeder. With the included paper cutter, making 4x6 prints is easy. The only downside to using the 4x6 roll paper is that all the prints are curled and it's a b***h to flatten them.

The largest size paper that the printer handles is 13x19 inches (Super B).

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RE: A3 Photo Printer?

Fri Oct 03, 2003 2:59 pm

The Epson 1290S is very good as well
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RE: A3 Photo Printer?

Fri Oct 03, 2003 5:07 pm

I had a problem with the print head on my 1290 1 month out of warranty - I was quoted £300 for repair (by Epson UK). Needless to say it didn't happen. I've still got my 890 (which I'm happy with), but in my case, the various costs involved mean it works out better for me to rely on Photobox.co.uk for large printing. I've found that a good print prepared at 300dpi A4 for the 890 works just fine at the largest print size offered by Photobox.

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RE: A3 Photo Printer?

Fri Oct 03, 2003 6:50 pm

Hmmm... Well, Photobox is more expensive per print than home printing, but of course that ignores writing off the purchase price of the printer over however many prints it makes in its life.

I may try Photobox for some larger prints... Colin, how big have you gone? 30"x20", or were you just referring to up to about A3 or 18"x12"?

Thanks everyone for your advice about the Epson - over here its called the 2100 and is quite expensive (more so than the Canon), but I'll look into it.

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RE: A3 Photo Printer?

Fri Oct 03, 2003 10:19 pm

Andy - I've had a couple done at 30x20 and a good number at A2. Very impressive. I didn't mean to imply that Photobox prints were cheaper - they aren't - but overall, I didn't find that much in it.

Photobox A3 - £8.99

Epson 1290 A3 - approx £2.50 (using Epson ink & premium paper) per print (though I believe 2100 inks cost more)

But that, as you say ignores the cost of the printer AND all the prints you don't get quite right first time! Factor in time and effort, and for me the A3 printer no longer seems worth while. If I were doing lots of A3 prints, I'd rethink it, but then again photobox prices drop for quantity ...

One other consideration - hi-res at A3 from a D60 will require some interpolation of the original. I think Photobox produces a sharper print than can be obtained from a Photoshop interpolated image though I would say my uninterpolated prints at A4 on the 890 are slightly sharper than Photobox equivalents.

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Colin
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RE: A3 Photo Printer?

Wed Oct 08, 2003 1:29 am

Hi Andy,

I'm reading this months Digital Photographer and in it there is an article reviewing tfour A3 size photo quality printers. They are:

1. Canon i6500 £323 - 92%
2. Epson Stylus Photo 2100 £521 - 86%
3. HP Designjet 20ps £1314 - 86%
4. HP Deskjet 9300 £264 - 74%

May be worth dropping 5 notes for a copy.

hth

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RE: A3 Photo Printer?

Wed Oct 08, 2003 6:20 am

I have had 16"x20" prints made from an Epson Stylus 7600 Series with the 7-color (CcMmYKk) UltraChrome™ Ink, and wow.... but that is a $3,000 dollar printer. On the more affordable side, the 2200 has been blowing people away with the prints it puts out. The Canon photo printers have been overtaken according to numberous reviews....

For simple 8x10's Wal-Mart is still the answer when I need prints to ship.

Let us know what you get, and what you think.

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