Hey guys, After some research, these are the printer models I found in my price range that cover my needs. I'm using a D80 by the way. I'd love some feedback on these to decide which one I should go ahead and buy, or take off my list. If you have any experience with these or some input on others in the same price range please let me know. Thanks!
CANON PIXMA IP90
Epson Stylus Photo R340
Canon PIXMA iP6700D
#1. "RE: help me choose?" | In response to Reply # 0Photo_Art_W Nikonian since 21st Nov 2005Thu 12-Jul-07 03:45 AM
My vote would be for one of the Canons, not familiar with all those models. See which one best suits the size & quality you're looking to print. There's lots of good reviews on the net.
I recently sold my Canon i9900 which was a great printer & very efficient in ink usage. Only reason for selling it was its lack of archival (rated) ink. Although I have prints around the house that look every bit as good as they did when I printed them, no appreciable fading that I can see.
After years of using Epson printers (mostly lower end consumer models, I have a R220 now) I just got tired of the ink gluts they are/have been, and frequently clogging heads, so I opted to try the Canon (i9900). A friend has an older Pixma 5000(?) that he's been very pleased with too.
That's my 2¢ anyways....
#2. "RE: help me choose?" | In response to Reply # 1LATENTA Registered since 21st Feb 2007Thu 12-Jul-07 10:55 AM
At the present time, I am getting excellent results
with my R220, using the Lightroom 'Print' module, Kodak
paper and a custom printer profile. In this era of the
20 cent Cosco print, I get better results at a price point
of 55 cents. Is it worth it? Probably not. However, it is
only a hobby..
Because, I get paid for Ken Burns Effect DVD slideshows,
I like to use the Epson's DVD printer for the small jobs.
I do have a BravoPro for bigger jobs. However, the R220 does
lay down a higher quality image than the Primera, but the Epson
is much slower.
If your budget demands a 6-color, I think the R320 whould be fine
for printing high quality snapshots. But I would send out for
I had a darkroom. Now I have a PC. PC smells better.
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#3. "RE: help me choose?" | In response to Reply # 2ledgeroni Registered since 29th Oct 2006Thu 12-Jul-07 09:44 PM
I have the pixma 6700d and love it. I print up to 8x10 and it works fine. Unfortunately, the lcd display went blank so the printer is in for service. The authorized repair facility said if it wasn't still under warranty, it would be less expensive to just get a new printer.
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#4. "RE: help me choose?" | In response to Reply # 3skrol Registered since 23rd Oct 2003Fri 13-Jul-07 12:57 AM
Have you considered the Epson R800? You can get a referb from Epson for $139. I got one and really like it. I previously had a Canon i960 that was also very nice. The resolution and color are excellent for both these printers. After my Canon died I went with the R800 because it uses pigment based inks for excellent longevity. The R800 also has excellent 3rd party support (ie. profiles for various art papers and continuous ink systems).
Watch the newer Epson Claria ink printers as far as the cartrage capacities and chipping. There is much discussion on the web about this issue.
Canon touts longevity for the ChromaLife dye-based inks but this is under very specific conditions.
See www.wilhelm-research.com for print longevity testing.