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Lets beat a dead horse - one more time. Which printer.

wngmstr870

North Beach, US
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wngmstr870 Registered since 07th Mar 2003
Wed 28-Jan-04 05:39 PM

I've gone through the old posts, spent hours on end reading old and archived threads, but still, I cant quite decide on which printer to upgrade to.

Here is my delimia (sp ?): 1) I want and need moderate speed printing - this would lead me to the Canon lines for advertised print speed. 2) I want need, quality in my prints - I'm semi-pro, shoot weddings and portraits and need the quality, this leads me to Canon i960 and Epson 9xx series and maybe the R300 series. The resolution confuses me a bit though. Canon advertised 4800 x 2400 (i think), Epson varies between 5700 x 720 or 1400. The first number - either 4800 or 5700 - obviously the larger would be the higher quality, but what about the second number? I'm confused here. I - like many, am a digital convert from film to digital - understanding resolution can be confusing. 3) I've had prints from my Canon i560 stick to plastic sheets in albums, after I was well convinced they were dry - yet they still stuck - humidity maybe. I have also had droplets of water (rain) fall on a print and left a large white spot where the ink used to be - this is moderatly embarrasing infront of a client. Granted, none of us really want to show our prints to our clients in downpours, but in the event they do get wet - well... Epson says they have the durabright inks that "resist" water - is that ink compatible with the printers I noted above, what about their brightness and accurate colors - compared to Ultrachrome inks, what is the difference? 4) Paper. Most of my clients request matte or satin 4x6 prints - do you know how hard it is to find matte or satin paper precut to 4x6 and have the quality expected? I have ordered a test batch of Adorama's Royal Satin last night, try that - see what it looks like printed. I have heard many say you should stick to within your printers manufacturer for paper - not always possible IMHO. 5) Lastly for now, cost - I cant afford a $600 printer. The largest I print is 8.5 x 11, anything larger I send out for - I receive very few requests for anything larger than 8x10. But the cost variations for up to 8x10 printers have a great range.
I'm so confused, can anyone help settle my quizzyness? Thanks.

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