Complete noob to printers and printing.
I need some advice for purchasing a good basic printer. I don't have a huge budget to work with, so please nothing too exotic. Probably $500 or so max.
Also, what kind of paper and ink would anyone suggest?
I am using a Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit OS, Dual quad 2.9 ghz Pentium, 8 gig RAM, with a 1gb video card.
Any advice is appreciated.
#1. "RE: Complete noob to printers and printing." | In response to Reply # 0esantos Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002Fri 28-Dec-12 01:07 PM
Before we can give you some useful suggestions we need to know your parameters/expectations. What do you want to print? Color, B&W, using fine art matte papers or photo papers? Portraits or nature scenes, both? What sizes, what sort of volume are you anticipating? Is archival ink important to you? Do you want a dedicated photo printer or an all-in-one?
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#2. "RE: Complete noob to printers and printing." | In response to Reply # 1gbowen Nikonian since 31st Mar 2011Fri 28-Dec-12 01:49 PM
>Before we can give you some useful suggestions we need to
>know your parameters/expectations. What do you want to print?
>Color, B&W, using fine art matte papers or photo papers?
>Portraits or nature scenes, both? What sizes, what sort of
>volume are you anticipating? Is archival ink important to you?
>Do you want a dedicated photo printer or an all-in-one?
For me it's tough to say, because I don't know what I don't know! Well, I guess I'll take a stab at it anyway.
I want to do both color and B&W, mostly portraits. I will probably keep it simple at first, going with photo paper. As for sizes I would think standard 8x10 and 11x14. I may do a little nature now and then, but at first I am going to concentrate on portrait work. As for work flow, I would say not much at first anyway. Once I get some experience under my belt I may do more. A lot depends on my budget of course.
I don't know about archival ink, so for now I would say no.
I would want a dedicated photo printer as I already have a printer for normal printing duties.
I suppose a printer that has features that can grow with my style would be desirable.
#3. "RE: Complete noob to printers and printing." | In response to Reply # 2quenton8 Nikonian since 11th Apr 2010Fri 28-Dec-12 05:01 PM
If you want to get serious about it, and you want to go over 8x10, which is about where I was 2 years ago -- I might suggest the Epson R3000.
I have an R2880 -- which was the previous model to the R3000. The 3000 should a bit cheaper on ink as it has larger tanks on the cartridges. It goes up to 13" width and uses Pigment-Based Inks, which are archival quality.
You are likely looking at around $600 with possible rebates, but that is just a guess. My 2880 was $699 2 years ago and with a $200 rebate ended up about $499.
I would wait and see what Ernesto (esantos) says -- he was the one who recommended the 2880 to me.
#4. "RE: Complete noob to printers and printing." | In response to Reply # 3kj_fi Nikonian since 18th Jul 2007Mon 31-Dec-12 07:01 PM
I have been happy with Canon Pixma 9000 Mk II, except that the ICC profiles and drivers were a bit confusing first. About 300 € ($400) it was a bargain, I think. Here are a couple of comments about it:
9000 uses dye-based inks and does not waste them when turning the printer on (I read a comment about this problem before deciding between 9000 and 9500 Mk II). It doesn't seem to clog them, either -- not even when having not used the printer for several weeks.
I believe the results are not as good as in printers with pigment-based inks when using matte paper. However, I think the printouts dry out faster, which usually is an advantage (for me at least).
B & W results could possible be better but I don't print B & W, so it's not a problem for me.
Others, please comment on my assumptions on pigment/dye-based and other things. I have no experience of other photo printers.