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The Nikon Blog Page
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The Nikon Blog Page

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Upgrading Firmware in Your Nikon D7100
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Upgrading Firmware in Your Nikon D7100

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Time to upgrade! Nikon has released a firmware upgrade for the Nikon D7100 camera. Find out how you can download, operate the firmware for both OS - Windows and Mac. With a quick and easily revised version, you'll find yourself using the latest and up-to-version and be up and shooting photos in no time. Read more...

Camera & Flash Cookbook for Any Lighting Situation
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Camera & Flash Cookbook for Any Lighting Situation

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Don't you ever wish you could read all there is about your Camera and Flash lighting situations, all in one neat place? Reading this article will act as a "Cookbook" approach that should lead to excellent results. Read more...

Why use Camera Manual with Flash Indoors?
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Why use Camera Manual with Flash Indoors?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Should you use your camera in Manual Mode when shooting flash in low ambient conditions? What about what's better than shooting Aperture priority? Here you'll find all the reasons as well as detailed images explaining various scenarios and showing the effects of Rear Sync vs. Front Sync when movement is involved in photographs. Read more...

Does moving the focus points affect flash power?
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Does moving the focus points affect flash power?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

"Lately there have been several comments made by experienced photographers stating that selecting different focus areas in the camera will change the place in the image that the flash meters from. I knew that this wasn't true based on my knowledge gained by designing flash and camera integrated circuits. I knew that the flash meters the entire frame based on center weighted brightness. However, I needed some proof, so I took the following series of images." Read your proof, here! Read more...

When is Full Power Flash not Full Power?
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When is Full Power Flash not Full Power?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

When you set your flash in Manual mode and full power, you expect to get a full power flash, right? Mwahaha, think again! Many of us will be surprised to learn that even with your flash in Manual Mode, it will not produce a full power of flash - there are restrictions. Find out why though. Read more...

Basics of Flash Brackets and Diffusers
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Basics of Flash Brackets and Diffusers

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Diffusers and brackets? What do they do, and which ones are best to use? Well, both the bracket and the diffuser were introduced into photography to solve problems of the small flash. What's small flash, what problems do you face with it and how do you overcome it? Read more...

Nikon Speedlight A and AA Modes
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Nikon Speedlight A and AA Modes

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Find out all there is to know about working with Nikon Speedlight A and AA Modes. It may be difficult to differentiate between the two, but once you read Russ' article, you'll see how simple the concepts are. Learn when to use each of the modes best, and which modes suffer from the same problems as TTL. Read more...

Speedlight Trick #1
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Speedlight Trick #1

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Ever run into a situation where you're fairly far from a subject who is in a dim ambient setting, and there is something closer to you that will affect the flash metering? It could be a bird, a plane!, a wall!?, a plant! Well, whatever it may be, guaranteed it will reflect the pre-flash pulses back to your camera, and your shot may not look as you'd have wanted it to. What do you do, you ask? Find out with this article that gives you the answer, step by step! Read more...

Auto FP High Speed Sync Explained
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Auto FP High Speed Sync Explained

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

One of the most confusing aspects of the Nikon flash system is this thing called 'Auto FP High Speed Sync'. And before you can understand FP High Speed Sync, you first need to understand what FP means and how the Normal Flash Sync works. This article will hopefully clear up the mystery about this mode! Read more...

Speedlight TTL and TTL-BL - Distance and Subject Positioning
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Speedlight TTL and TTL-BL - Distance and Subject Positioning

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

So! You've read nearly as much theory as possible and seen some on hand workflows as to how one operates Flashes with their DSLRs. However, let's have a more practical study to see for certain how TTL and TTL-BL work with respect to the off-center subjects and distances that you use. All you Wedding Photographers out there, this is your article to read. Read more...

How The Built-In Flash Metering Works
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How The Built-In Flash Metering Works

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

How do built-in flashes work on your Nikon? It might be a simple thought, overlooked, but at the same time, understanding its true functions and capabilities is what really enhances not only your photography skills, but your overall outcome of you taking photographs. See for yourself and be at ease knowing you've got yet another how-to under your belt! Read more...

How to Shoot Large Groups with Nikon CLS
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How to Shoot Large Groups with Nikon CLS

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Trying to achieve accurate focus on a specific point in your photos? What settings are you using, and are they the best option? With so many modes to choose from, learn a few tips and tricks about AF-S mode in Release Priority, AF-ON, AF-S mode, and more! Read more...

Sequence of Events for TTL Flash
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Sequence of Events for TTL Flash

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

There are several conditions we are faced when using TTL Flash, and some are not so familiar, while others make for easier use. What takes place in: Flash in a Hotshoe, or Remote Wireless Flash? Which sequence is better to use when. Read more...

A Study on Camera Compensation when using Flash in TTL Mode
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A Study on Camera Compensation when using Flash in TTL Mode

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

The SB-800 Flash Instruction Manual (as all the manuals for iTTL capable Nikon speedlights) says that when using the flash in TTL mode, adjusting Camera Compensation will lighten or darken the entire image, which means it must increase or decrease flash power, so let's find out for certain, what takes place and examine through various conditions that we'd all use in our photography! Read more...

So, What is Flash Value Lock?
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So, What is Flash Value Lock?

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Flash Value Lock is used to make sure the subject is exposed properly by the flash. Knowing key features and the many useful shooting scenarios make all the difference when using this in photography. What about those fast blinkers in your shots? All your questions answered here, just Read more...

Nikon TTL-BL Flash
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Nikon TTL-BL Flash

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Ever wonder which Camera Mode is best to shoot fill flash? Is it P, or S? What about the coupling between the camera's metering system and the flash metering systems? Or what about the steps the camera and flash go through as you press the shutter? Find out all your answers in this weeks article here! Read more...

Nikon TTL Flash Metering System
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Nikon TTL Flash Metering System

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

Did you know that the Nikon TTL Flash Metering System is not actively coupled to the Camera metering system? They use the same metering sensor in the camera, but act independently. Find out what else is important that isn't always documented, and learn the tricks of the trade! Read more...

Nikon Flash - Two Separate Metering Systems
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Nikon Flash - Two Separate Metering Systems

Russ MacDonald (Arkayem)

In a series of articles - Nikon CLS Practical Guide, you'll have an in depth view of Separating Metering Systems, TTL Flash Metering System, TTL-BL Flash, and more. Learning to adjust different backgrounds at will, especially with Flash Photography can be complex. However, a few concepts, tips & tricks, and with plenty of practice, you'll be a pro in no time! Let's read the first, in multi-part installment. Read more...

Understanding Nikon’s Three Light Metering Systems
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Understanding Nikon’s Three Light Metering Systems

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

The basis for a Nikon DSLR’s exposure meter is an RGB sensor that meters a wide area of the frame. When used with a G or D Nikkor CPU lens, the camera can set exposure based on the distribution of brightness, color, distance, and composition. Most people leave their cameras set to Matrix metering and enjoy excellent results. Others use the Center-weighted meter, or the Spot meter. Let's look more closely at each of the Nikon exposure meters. Read more...

Nikon D600 Delicacies and Downloadable Supplements
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Nikon D600 Delicacies and Downloadable Supplements

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Find out more about your Nikon D600. Browse through our PDF selection on an array of topics covered. At Nikonians, we aspire to Share, Learn, and Inspire! Be ontop of your gear and know all there is to know. Read more...

The user settings U1 & U2 on Nikon D600 & D7000 series
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The user settings U1 & U2 on Nikon D600 & D7000 series

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Just when you thought you knew everything about your Nikon D7000... Simplicity is key, and making sure you can just grab and shoot is ideal. But, how do you get there? Learn a few simple User Settings tweaks and configure your camera for specific shooting situations so you can change to them quickly. Read more...

Nikon D800 Streaming HDMI Video
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Nikon D800 Streaming HDMI Video

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

Uncompressed video stands to hold a significant higher quality compared to compressed, allowing even resolution up scaling. However, with technology advancing so quickly, there's always the latest gadget that can do anything quicker and smoother than your previous toys. See what many Nikonians worldwide use, and why. We'll go in depth with formats, video standards, compression, and of course the external video recorders available for your camera. Read more...

Nikon D800 - Hands-On Review
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Nikon D800 - Hands-On Review

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

The highly anticipated, Nikon D800 and all of its mysteries revealed! Read here, as you can explore all the features, inside and out, with detailed images, card processing, image formatting,shutter features and plenty more! Read more...

Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM Review
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Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM Review

Josh Larkin (tonupbandit)

Josh Larkin has a whimsical way of making his reviews on products and experiences as a whole. Read his review of the Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM lens (from herein referred to as Sigma 17-50mm) and you will find yourself able to relate, learn, and be inspired through his process. With detailed examples, and sample shots, you’ll have the picture painted – clearly. Read more...

Nikon D200 Review
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Nikon D200 Review

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

You've probably been asking yourself recently, "How can I tell if the Nikon D200 digital camera is the one for me?" This technology review attempts to provide you with enough information to make an intelligent purchase decision, by learning in detail about the camera and its systems. What should you ask yourself before purchasing the D200? Read more...

Nikon D2X AF System Revisited
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Nikon D2X AF System Revisited

Edward Erkes (EdErkes12)

This in-depth review by seasoned Nikonian Ed Erkes, shares with you his findings about the multiple autofocus options available with the D2X. If you are the proud owner of a Nikon D2X, D2Xs, D2H, D2Hs, or Nikon F6, and getting tired of spending endless long nights trying to decrypt the manual, this article is for you. Read more...

Profoto RFi Review
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Profoto RFi Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

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Profoto has quickly become one of my favorite manufacturers of lighting equipment. More than other manufacturers, they seem to fully understand that lighting gear needs to be functional and durable while also producing amazing light. Profoto is highly regarded in the photo industry because photographers know they can rely on Profoto gear to deliver the best equipment and the best quality of light day in and day out. Read more...

Nikon Film SLR Body Comparison Chart
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Nikon Film SLR Body Comparison Chart

Mark Goodell (Safari)

Our extensive comparison chart will provide you with the quick overview of Nikon film camera bodies. We list everything you need to know - price, lens compatibility, ISO range, speedlight control, power, you name it. Read more...

The 105mm f/2.8G ED IF AF-S VR Micro Nikkor Review
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The 105mm f/2.8G ED IF AF-S VR Micro Nikkor Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The 105mm f/2.8D AF Micro Nikkor lens has long been a classic choice for 35mm film macro, close-up and even portrait photography. On DX format (APS-C) digital cameras it further expanded its preference among Nikonians. In February 2006, Nikon announced its engineers had further enhanced it. This announcement was just in time for the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) International Show. We had an opportunity to try it at the show in Orlando, Florida. "Further enhanced" turned out to be quite an understatement. Read more...

Nikkor AF 80-400mm/4.5-5.6ED VR Review
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Nikkor AF 80-400mm/4.5-5.6ED VR Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

In the Nikkor AF Lenses forum of this our community someone asked what were our opinions on the recently announced but yet expected on the shelves Nikkor 80-400mm AF VR zoom lens. That is how this story began. Read more...

Nikkor AF 28-105mm/3.5-4.5D IF Review
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Nikkor AF 28-105mm/3.5-4.5D IF Review

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

This lens, released along with the Nikon F100 35mm film camera, has become a very popular companion of the N80/F80. "The 28-105 has been like my Swiss Army Knife of lenses" is the typical enthusiastic kind of comment from many Nikonians, whether shooting film or digital SLRs. Read more...

Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF VR DX Review
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Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF VR DX Review

Victor Newman (vfnewman)

If you have been pondering owning an all-around convenient zoom lens for your Nikon DSLR, you need to read this. The lens has already been described as perfect for lightweight travel needs but are there compromises? Are you wondering how convenient it really is or how fast will it autofocus? These and other pertinent questions are answered in this review. Read more...

Nikkor AF 20/2.8D Review
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Nikkor AF 20/2.8D Review

Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs)

The 20mm/2.8D AF lens is interesting, whether on 35mm film or on FX digital format. With it you can go out taking landscape shots without getting fish-eyed while still getting more or less the whole view at 94 degrees. You can also use it for "environmental portraits", having a humble object somewhere in the middle of the frame and all of the interesting surroundings too. Read more...

Nikon Camera and Lens Compatibility Chart
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Nikon Camera and Lens Compatibility Chart

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The Camera to Lens Compatibility Chart has been updated 12-JAN-2016 with the latest additions to the Nikon lineup, the D5 Pro FX DSLR and the long awaited D500, the DX successor of the beloved D300/D300s. Read more...

Nikon D800 AF Custom Settings
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Nikon D800 AF Custom Settings

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell)

The Nikon D800 has a very powerful autofocus system with new features not before seen on a Nikon D-SLR. So, with great power, comes great responsibility, isn't that how the saying goes? In this article, you'll have a great read, about all your Custom AF-Settings refined to simplicity from an excerpt from Mastering the Nikon D800 by Darrell Young, published by NikoniansPress/Rocky Nook. Read more...

Nikon Digital SLR Body Comparison Chart
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Nikon Digital SLR Body Comparison Chart

Armando Heredia (Covey22)

Our extensive comparison chart will provide you with the quick overview of Nikon digital camera bodies. We list everything you need to know - price, sensor, speedlight control, power, you name it. Read more...

Nikon Coolpix Comparison Chart
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Nikon Coolpix Comparison Chart

Armando Heredia (Covey22)

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- Coolpix model: 8800 8700 8400 7900 7600 5900 5700 5600 5400 5200 5100 4800 4600 4500 4200 4100 3700 3200 2200 S1 S2 Price: Quoted in US$, April 2005. Prices marked "n/a" were not listed then $ 999 $ 799 $ 899 $ 499 n/a $ 349 n/a $ 279 n/a $ 299 n/a $ 399 $ 199 n/a $ 234 n/a $ 319 $ 199 n/a n/a Major features: 8 megapixels 10x Zoom-Nikkor lens (35-350mm equiv. Read more...

Nikon D4 review
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Nikon D4 review

Martin Turner (Martin Turner)

It was the year of the Olympics, and Nikon released its Olympian camera, the D4. Remember the D1, D2X, and D3? Well good! Because in order to understand the significance of the D4’s release, one needs to look back and remember how the D1 transformed the world of photography – first true digital SLR built from scratch and photojournalism was transformed forever. Read more...

Ilford Printer Paper Testing
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Ilford Printer Paper Testing

Dennis Owens (DennisOwens)

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Thanks to Nikonians and Ilford for asking/allowing me to review/test some very nice photo paper.  I hope my review and data will be helpful to not only Ilford, but also potential customers looking for great printing paper for their photos, both pros and home printing photographers. I am an American living in Germany with an Event & Studio Photography business.  Primarily, I shoot Equestrian sports, but I do not limit my self to a single sport or subject. Read more...

What is the best memory card for you?
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What is the best memory card for you?

Hayo Baan (hrbaan)

While at first this may seem like a silly question (just get the cheapest and fastest card available), choosing the card that's best for you is in fact not a straightforward thing... First there's size to consider. Bigger is better, right? Well, not particularly. Read more...

Ilford Galerie Prestige
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Ilford Galerie Prestige

Ernesto Santos (esantos)

Since 1879 Switzerland based Ilford has been at the forefront of photographic media development. Unlike some other pioneering photographic companies who have struggled to maintain a solid foothold in an industry that has been transformed in the last twenty years, Ilford continues to steadfastly produce fine quality photographic film and print paper. Read more...

Profoto D1 Studio Kit Review
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Profoto D1 Studio Kit Review

Mike Hagen (Mike_Hagen)

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For more than four decades, Profoto has been manufacturing some of the highest quality lighting equipment known to the professional photography market. I had always heard that their gear was top-notch but it wasn’t until I actually tested Profoto’s newest product, the Profoto D1 Studio 3 Head Kit, that I really came to appreciate what fine lighting equipment can do for a photographer. Read more...

FAQs: What every photographer needs to know
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FAQs: What every photographer needs to know

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

What camera to buy? What film to use? What tripod or lens to choose? These questions haunt many photographers. Nikonians co-founder, J. Ramón Palacios, put together articles guiding you through the choice of equipment and listed them in this overview. Read more...

Markins Q20 ballhead review
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Markins Q20 ballhead review

Marsel van Oosten (Marsel)

A little bit of history: the M20 Seven years ago I wrote my first review on the Markins M10 ballhead. Shortly after that I upgraded to the M20, and I have been using it ever since. It is still in perfect working condition, and my guess is that it will easily outlive me. From the moment I turned pro a couple of years ago, the M20 has been used and abused almost daily in various ballheadhostile locations all over the planet. Read more...

EIZO ColorEdge CG245W Review
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EIZO ColorEdge CG245W Review

Marsel van Oosten (Marsel)

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My first serious computer monitor was a LaCie Electron Blue IV, an incredibly heavy, blue beast. It served me well for many years, until recently. It can no longer reach the desired brightness, so I had to start looking for an alternative. Read more...

General information about Nikkor macro lenses
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General information about Nikkor macro lenses

Hendric Schneider (Hendric)

Nikon's macro lenses have always had a special appeal to me and to many other photographers. These specialized lenses, of superior optics, combined with close focusing capabilities to actual size ratios, or even larger ratios with extension devices such as a bellows or extension tubes, can go far and beyond the call of duty. Read more...

FAQs - What tripod
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FAQs - What tripod

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

Do I Really Need A Tripod? For most situations, yes, one really needs a tripod; even accepting that at times it is simply not possible to deploy it or take it with us -like in crowded public places.  A tripod not only forces one to slow down and check composition, but also sharpness largely depends on rock steady camera support, so it makes no sense to invest in the best camera body and good glass -for the maximum resolution and contrast one can afford- and then not plant it firmly. Read more...

Review: Why Markins Ball Heads
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Review: Why Markins Ball Heads

J. Ramon Palacios (jrp)

The absolute sharpness of the landscapes and architectural images we admire has a lot to do with the rock steadiness of the camera while shooting. To obtain it, a sturdy tripod and an unmovable tripod head are a must. Having a ball head therefore meant to be at least halfway towards the professionals level in terms of camera support, adding to vibration reduction, ease of use in the field and equipment safety. Read more...

Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Guide
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Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Guide

Thomas Berg (twberg)

This will not be a laboratory-style review but a blend of subjective report and tutorial. I intend to provide information and reliable hints as to avoid frustration by duplicating my mistakes; tailored to those who newly own this printer or seriously consider buying one. Read more...

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