I am currently in the market for a digital camera. After much research, I have decided that the D-100 is the camera for me. Photography is a hobby for me - not a profession, and this will already be hitting the bank account hard after software, MicroDrive, and speedlight are added.
My question: Is there a reasonably priced Dye-Sub printer that doesn't limit me to 4x6 prints? I was really quite impressed with the output from the Sony line of prosumer digital printers - I had the pleasure of seeing some prints from a local photography outlet. I saw prints from Sony's DPP-SV55 and DPP-SV77. Really not much difference in quality, though the SV77 had a color LCD display. I hear there is a new printer coming out with a CD-R drive included.
The pictures where quite nice, however, the more time that passes, the more I am bothered by the thought of being confined to 4x6 prints. I can't afford to spend more than a few hundred dollars for the printer. I'm also scared about investing in an ink jet printer - I have several digital images printed on ink jet that are fading quickly.
I will be making this purchase probably next spring. Is there anything on the Horizon that I should keep my ears up for?
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#1. "RE: Printer For D-100" | In response to Reply # 0AlanC Basic MemberWed 16-Oct-02 04:03 PM
If you can afford it, the Epson 2200 (US) / 2100 (Europe) is an inkjet printer that uses pigment-based inks instead of the usual dye-based inks: this gives a much greater print life (estimated at around 75 years) without fading. It can handle paper up to A3+ (13"x19") in size.
#3. "RE: Printer For D-100" | In response to Reply # 0chetawp Registered since 14th Aug 2002Fri 25-Oct-02 08:39 PM
YOU WILL LIKE THE D-100, ACQUIRE THE LARGEST MEDIA CARD YOU CAN AFFORD - I DON'T THINK YOU WILL NEED TO PURCHASE THE DIGITAL FLASH - THE CAMERA IS AMAZING & WILL ALLOW YOU TO PHOTOGRAPH IN SOME INCREDIBLE SITUATIONS - I RECENTLY PURCHASED A 340 MB CARD FOR @ 75.00 - THE PRICES ARE COMING DONW ON STORAGE MEDIUM - IN THE FUTURE (VERY NEAR FUTURE) CONSIDER THE GRIP FOR THE D-100 - WELL DESIGNED & ADDS TO THE HANDLING OF THE D-100
#4. "RE: Printer For D-100" | In response to Reply # 0Sat 26-Oct-02 12:43 AM
After trying for a month to get the Epson 2200 for my D100 printing, I "settled" for the 1280. After some initial stumbling I can say I'm blown away by print quality. I can't imagine that there is a better printer for the money out there. I'd highly recommend it.
If I could even find a 2200 (which I doubt) and return the 1280 I don't think I would -- spend the money you save on a nice 50mm 1.4D!
#6. "RE: Printer For D-100" | In response to Reply # 4f5fstop Basic MemberSat 26-Oct-02 12:51 AM
From what I have seen the 1280 is a great printer, my 875DC is also a great printer; however, the 2200 gives longer life to the prints. The dye-based prints fade, and I can prove that. I hung a few in my office and after six months, there is a noticeable color shift to the ones that were hung uncovered. The ones I placed in a cheap plastic/glass frame, appear to be ok.
I'm currently researching the 2200, and I do believe I will purchase one in the next month or two.
"Take only photographs, leave only footprints"
#8. "RE: Printer For D-100" | In response to Reply # 5danshep Charter MemberSun 27-Oct-02 03:37 PM
Epson 2200 is a fabulous printer!
I love the quality, great prints, has 7 ink cartridges so you only replace the color you use up, and it is affordable (arbitrary judgment) relatively speaking.
You can get them at B&H Photo at http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bh1.sph/FrameWork.class?FNC=ProductActivator__Aproductlist_html___254694___EPSP2200___REG___CatID=1109___SID=F15D1294770
(copy that all on one line) if it does not work, just go to http://www.bhphotovideo.com and go to digital photography, printers, inkjet and indicate EPSON.
You can select "Notify me when they come in" if you want-they seem to always be out of stock.
I called them and they said they fill backorders first. So what I did was buy it in advance. Then when they came in, I got mine.
Before I did that, I was on the "notify me when it comes in" list for about 6 weeks.
After I went the "pay in advance" route, I got it within 2 weeks.
Oh yeah. Call them to buy it in advance. It is the only way they do it. No "over the net" advance sales.
Get the full set of color inks at the same time. You will use them fast, as you start enjoying the power of this thing.
I printed a lot of 13x19 posters, which use up the ink quicker.
You will use more light cyan and light magenta. Next is probably yellow and light black.
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#9. "RE: Printer For D-100" | In response to Reply # 8f5fstop Basic MemberSun 27-Oct-02 03:47 PM
Things change, before I purchase another Epson, they will have to provide some knowledeable support for my 875, which has been acting up since I installed XP. I did download the Epson XP driver, but is is not MS approved.
Also, having problems with print cartridges. So far, no support from Epson. I went through this a few years ago, but it appears worse now.
What I fear, is if I purchase a 2200, will there be support for it in the future, or will they not care; which is evident with the 875DC.
I'm headed out now to look at HPs and Canons.
"Take only photographs, leave only footprints"