I know there have been numerous comparisons in these forums but I am scared to death to buy the 2200. Not for metamerism reasons which I'm sure are not as bad as some might say.
The main reason is that I am absolutely blown away with the prints I make on my Epson 820 on Color Life paper. This is an amazing paper with beautiful colour, finish weight etc.. it will also last 27 years (see other threads on this topic) under glass. It is 300 $ CDN cheaper. It would seem that this paper is not compatible with the 2200. I'm ready to upgrade to the 1280 so that I can make 12x18 prints from the D100. The 1280 uses the same print technology as the 820.
Can any one tell me if I'm making the right choice?
#1. "RE: 1280 vs. 2200 & colour life paper" | In response to Reply # 0Cmyers Basic MemberThu 03-Apr-03 03:22 AM
I have both printers (2200 and 1280) and still use the 1280 for some projects almost exclusively with the Colorlife paper. If you like the way the prints look then there is no need to doubt your choice. The Colorlife paper is not recommended for use in the 2200 as you stated and unless you really have a need for the longevity of the pigmented inks as well as the use of the Velvet Fine Art papers or others of similar weight, there's no need to pay the extra for the 2200. Don't let the hype make you doubt your choice that much.
As far as longevity, I've had Colorlife print under glass hanging where it receives about 6 hours of sun each day and it's not faded in the least. There are UV spray laminates you can get which claim up to a quadrupled lifespan on prints when coated.
I don't think you'd be unhappy at all going with the 1280.
Best of luck.
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#2. "RE: 1280 vs. 2200 & colour life paper" | In response to Reply # 0bobj Charter MemberThu 03-Apr-03 01:05 PM
The 2200 is an amazing printer (for full disclosure, I currently print on a 2000P which was the predecessor to the 2200). If you are happy with the prints you are getting now thoough, don't upgrade. If you need prints that you know are not going to fade (if you sell your work for instance) then look to the 2200.
Metamerism is not a problem with the 2200 by the way. Paper choices do differ between dye based printers and those with pigment based inks.
UV protective sprays, by the way, are generally not recommended. Most will tend to darken your print and even if they don't, they will add a lot to the price of making a print. I have not used these, but some are of dubious value as well.
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