Posted 04 July 2005 - 02:52 AM
I just purchased a Nikon D-100, and have been snapping away. Great...they look fantastic on my computer, but what's the best/affordable was to get them in hand? I generally prefer 8.5 x 11, or 11 x 14.
Thanks in advance!
Posted 03 September 2005 - 07:42 PM
I work in the pc industry so I hope my information is valid, and handy
I advise caution when purchasing any printer, esp for photo use. High ink costs are not covered in detail in reviews on this or many other sites. With extensive printing use, a bad choice could end up being an expensive one. Read as many different reviews as possible before buying anything. Avoid the super cheap printers or multifunction ones, they cost a fortune to run.
Epson & HP are region locking replacement cartridges, to prevent consumers buying cheaper ones from abroad. Also treat with a pinch of salt any claims of superior quality inks from the original manufacturer. Almost impossible to tell any difference at all.
The EU is conducting an investigation into anti competetive behaviour in this industry. HP and Epson are the two biggest worries on this issue. Ink costs more per ml than inported russian caviar and the most expensive champagne in the world.
My own personal suggestion is to avoid HP and Epson, due to their track record of making life hard for consumers (also ink low warnings are turning up too soon)
I have found the Canon range of IP printers very good, and independent tests have shown good ink cost and economy too. Hope this is of use to some people!
Posted 04 September 2005 - 12:04 PM
The speed is also amazing, about 4 minutes for a full size A3 photo with full colour on best quality. It's probably more than you want, and more than I could have afforded at the full price, but the A4 version should be comparable. There's no region or cartridge software problems to deal with either.
Posted 04 November 2005 - 01:27 AM
I've been using a Canon i9900 for nearly a year now and am perfectly satisfied with it. probably similar to the i9950 Drewhound mentioned. it's an 8C printer, prints amazing color quality in 11"x13" size (A3). I usually print 11x14" prints on 13x19 paper. I don't print a lot of stuff, and I only use it for photos. But the speed is great and I have no complaints at all about the printer.
Posted 01 February 2006 - 10:34 PM
My next printer will be something other than Epson or HP (I'm an HP hater for many other reasons, not printer related)
So the search begins: price, warranty, ink cost and availability
Guess that means Canon. or ?
Posted 08 September 2006 - 05:34 AM
Good advice. I almost went for an Epson R1800, but then discovered that they embed chips in their cartridges to monopolize the ink market. I feel like if I buy that printer, I'm contributing to this industry wide ink scam.
I notice you recommend Canon. I'm looking for a high quality large format inkjet that does not involve any of the following scams:
- Encryption chips in the cartridge to monopolize ink sales
- Dot counters in the cartridge that permanently disable usage after so many drops have been sprayed, to prevent reuse
- "Cleaning routines" that run daily to siphon off ink, even if the printer is not in use
- Photo sensors to detect when a cartridge is almost empty, so the printer can go unoperational before the remaining is used.
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