I got this printer in July and have been so swallowed up with work, I just now got to configuring and using it in a serious, meaningful way.
I cannot BELIEVE the quality of image possible on it. I've used several Epson papers (premium semigloss, enhanced matte mostly). I printed about 35 sheets (some 8.5x11 for 8x10 images that I sold, paid for the printer entirely) and some 13x19 for 11x14s for a family reunion shot.
I had 2 chromes and 1 neg shot 6x7 with RB67 scanned and worked on them in PS (which I'm a real novice at) and printed. I'm confident I would not get better results from them at a custom lab I use here in town. I've also printed 35mm negs I scanned on my 4000ED - just as good at 11x14 as the 6x7 scans.
My remaining problem - getting profiles so my screen proofing more accurately matches the output on paper (screen looks lighter and less saturated than results). I've read and read until I'm nearly blind and confused to death. It just hasn't come together all the way. I'm probably missing something really obvious.
Anyway - I'm working and getting good output with minimal trial and error thanks to the many posts and responses I've read in this group.
Thanks for the help.
#1. "RE: Epson 2200. WOW." | In response to Reply # 0pvanosta Basic MemberSat 28-Dec-02 06:01 PM
Did you never get any striping vertically on your prints? I just got my brandnew 2200 and I have not been able to print a single print without stipes every 1.5 inches or so... It looks like rollers are taking off part of the freshly printed ink, but when I run the roller cleaning sheet through, it comes out clean...
I'm getting very annoyed at this very expensive printer that won't print...
#2. "RE: Epson 2200. WOW." | In response to Reply # 1Sat 28-Dec-02 07:01 PM
All my printing is in the last week, and no marks or otherwise spoiled sheets of any kind. zero. really suprised me. All I did yo set it up originally was to very carefully follow the entire setup instructions.
I wish you well determining what's causing it on yours - it sounds like too much pressure, so paper thickness related - but I'm guessing.
I did change the pressure lever up toward the front all the way to feed enhanced matte paper and note that there's really 3 positions where I originally thought there were only 2... perhaps something to check.
I have not used the roll feeder yet - I have to wait until Feb to have enough cash to buy more stuff - my property taxes are due...
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#3. "RE: Epson 2200. WOW." | In response to Reply # 0
Regarding gettting your screen to more accurately match your output, I use Colorvision's Spyder with Optical and ProfilerPLUS. Optical and the Sypder help you calibrate your monitor. It's an excellent too albeit a bit expensive. ProfilerPLUS builds printer profiles for each paper you're using. Since calibrating my screen and printer output, I can put a print next to the screen and it's looks almost identical. You can check out the software/hardware at www.colorvision.com
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#4. "RE: Epson 2200. WOW." | In response to Reply # 3Mon 30-Dec-02 11:18 AM
Thanks - I'm beginning to think my monitor is getting too old (5 years) and fluctuates in display substantially, and it's not in a completely controlled location so diffused north facing arch window allows varying amounts of light from about 12 feet up. Several things to look at first there I think.
That spyder thingy is where I imagine I'll end up eventually, but needing to pay my property taxes today forces me into a short-term cash driven "arachnophobia"
#5. "RE: Epson 2200. WOW." | In response to Reply # 0
Try unchecking Use Black Point Compensation and see what that does. I do that with mine because when it's checked the picture is lighter and less saturated. Just make sure the print space one is unchecked as well.
#6. "RE: Epson 2200. WOW." | In response to Reply # 5mick Basic MemberWed 01-Jan-03 11:58 AM
A calibrated screen is very important but the most important thing is choosing the right profile for your paper.
Media type and space should match your paper type and select no colour adjustments!
#7. "RE: Epson 2200. WOW." | In response to Reply # 6f5fstop Basic MemberThu 02-Jan-03 12:04 AM
Lyle, have your tried the 13 x 19 watercolor paper yet? I have printed off numerous photos at 12 x 18 size on this paper, and I was amazed at how they look. I have calibrated the monitor, printer profiles and scan profiles with the Monaco system, and everything seems to match quite well. Yes, the monitor appears a bit brighter, but that is backlit, while the prints are not.
Only problem I had using roll paper (8.3 x 32 ft premium glossy) was the first time I fed it through the top slot, not the roll paper slot. (There are three slots on the machine). Just make sure the end is cut straight, and feed the paper through the correct slot, and it works great; and cuts the paper too.
The other thing is the ink last quite a while, and I have been printing at 2800 dpi on all prints. I printed 6 12 x 18 prints, 3 8 x 12 prints and a few 4 x 6 prints before I had to change my first cartridge (light magenta). A few prints later, I had to change the light cyan. Cartridges are only $10.01 locally at CompUSA.
Now, all I need is time to print more.
(Oh yea, a 12 x 18 print does take a while to print, so be patient.)
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#8. "RE: Epson 2200. WOW." | In response to Reply # 7Thu 02-Jan-03 12:43 AM
Glad you're having a good time with the printer Doug -
I have printed 20 11x14 on 13x19 and 25 8x10s and changed same 2, the light black is about out. I did the 11x14 on Enhanced Matte and liked the look of that as well - it's so crisp I could count my mother's freckles - and there are 40 people in the picture!
These photos all had rich color in them, so I'm quite happy with the apparent cost per sheet being under $2.
Still working on my profiles and screen issues. Suggestions thus far haven't resolved it. I'm quite a ways off from final print to screen, in the range of full stops - I'm sure it's something stupid I'm doing. I need to get on the phone with someone and walk through all the steps, confirm every menu choice and discover my error. The happy side is I know once I get past this, I'm running full speed ahead because I trip up good at everything the first time and am good to go thereafter.
Happy New Year Doug -
#9. "RE: Epson 2200. WOW." | In response to Reply # 8danshep Charter MemberThu 02-Jan-03 04:22 AM
I still continue to have problems with the Watercolor 13 x 19, but I am beginning to believe it is because of the humidity in my area (Washington State).
If my print has light areas, it dries fine. If I have dark areas, the paper ripples. I have tried drying it between two sheets of blotter paper, pressed by a chunk of plywood, but nothing seems to fix it.
I have resorted to using the Luster paper, which is more expensive, but I never get a bad print.
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#10. "RE: Epson 2200. WOW." | In response to Reply # 9f5fstop Basic MemberSun 05-Jan-03 02:28 AM
Only bad print I have had with the watercolor paper was due to a power outage that produced a half a photo. I'm also in a rather humid area too, but I keep my place cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
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#11. "RE: Epson 2200. WOW." | In response to Reply # 0
Sounds like you have your monitor at an incorrect gamma. Go here to get a little advice on how to set your monitor's gamma.
I downloaded a small program called "Power Strip" from a company called EnTech which helped (especially since it is shareware). There are far better and far more expensive solutions to setting your gamma, but you need to start somewhere.
Good luck. I'm still waiting for my 2200 to be shipped. Waiting and waiting and waiting...