As I continue to upgrade my equipment, I'm looking for the best home printer for quality photos that I can get for under $1,000.
One stumbling block is that it must be compatible with MAC OSX 10.2.
I favor the following:
1) Epson 2200, which besides not being in stock anywhere right now, might be too new to be reliable. On the upside, it has 7 colors, long-life prints, firewire connection, and the Epson tech support says it is OSX 10.2 compatible.
2) Canon S9000--sounds real good, even though it does not connect by firewire.
3)Olympus P-400--the only one that is dye sublimation technology, which I have not experienced but hear it is good. Supplies are expensive, but I can use my HP Photosmart 1215 for initial proofing (when they finally get the drivers).
Have I said too much?
Do you have any advice?
I'm trying to put together equipment that I can rely on for a long time. Whatever printer I get, I will use with Photoshop 7 and the Nikon 4000 scanner.
Final comments: I've found that the MAC web site for figuring out compatibility with OSX 10.2 is not all that helpful or reliable. Vue Scan software makes the Nikon 4000 compatible with 10.2. (Nikon says they will eventually have a software upgrade that is also compatible.)
Thanks for any information you can share with me.
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#2. "RE: selecting new printer" | In response to Reply # 0gwprovost Registered since 18th Jul 2002Fri 04-Oct-02 06:45 AM
I have been using the Epson 2200 for several weeks and like it very much. Several 11x14's and 11x17's I did over the past few days are terrific, the colors are extremely accurate. I also use the VueScan software with my Nikon 4000 ED scanner.
Canon printers have not been kind to me in the past - mainly problems with print-heads drying out. My latest printer before the 2200 was an Epson 875DC which also does a very good job for me. From my extensive reading before I bought the 2200 I gather that Epson is the preferred choice for many experts in the color management field.
I use a Pentium 4 PC so I don't have any knowledge or experience concerning the MAC computers or OS's.
#3. "RE: selecting new printer" | In response to Reply # 2Fri 04-Oct-02 10:00 AM
Thanks, Gene, your comments and observations are very helpful. One additional question: Do you find the 2200 very slow. Reading the specs., it seems considerably slower than the Canon S9000--although that is a small factor compared to all the other considerations.
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#4. "RE: selecting new printer" | In response to Reply # 3BJNicholls Charter MemberFri 04-Oct-02 05:48 PM
For photo printing, I'm fimly in Epson's camp. Canon finally has a photo printer that delivers comparable image quality and the printer is fast. That said, the printer is dye based and suffers the same concerns for rapid fading due to gas reaction that Epson's dye-based printers do. I might consider an S9000 instead of a 1280, but if you care about print longevity Epson Ultrachrome inks are the best game in town.
The 2200 is certainly slower than the S9000, but it's much faster than Epson's pigment-based 2000P and it's about as fast as the 1280/90. Roll paper handling is a great feature of the 2200, including the removable cutter that really makes roll printing much easier and more productive.
From what I understand, the 2200 OSX Jaguar drivers exist and work, but lack some features like support for manual paper feed. You may have to wait a bit for a fully implemented driver.
I wouldn't worry about reliability. The core technology has been established for several printer generations. Epson support has been the best I've experienced for any technology product. I had a problem with an older Epson within the warranty period and they drop-shipped a replacement that arrived within 2 days. I don't think any of the competing printer manufacturers offer anything like that kind of service.