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Re: Alternative to Epson 3800


Also, keep in mind that the 3800 comes with roughly $450 worth of ink.
Printers with larger, individual cartridges are less costly to operate over
their lifetime.

I have a 1280 that has been reasonably good for digital negatives, except
that it (like many others) is susceptible to banding in areas of broad,
even tones. For images with lots of texture, it's a non-issue.


Original Message:
From: Sandy King sanking@clemson.edu
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 17:46:19 -0400
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: Re: Alternative to Epson 3800


If price is a consideration you might want to look at a used or 
refurbished Epson 1280 or 2200. Both of these printers have a good 
reputation for making good digital negatives. The 1280 is in fact 
still available new at the Epson web site in spite of the fact that 
it has been on the market longer than  any current printer. I have 
the 2200 and have been very satisfied with it for printing in carbon, 
kallitype and pt./pd.

In the less than $600 range, (street price), look at the Epson R1800 
and the HP B9180.

I have assume you want at least a 13" wide printer. If not, there are 
other much less expensive alternatives.


At 2:02 PM -0700 3/13/07, George L Smyth wrote:
>I am looking for a printer that will allow me to create digital negatives,
>$1,300 for an Epson 3800 (plus 9 ink cartridges at $14 each) is more than a
>little out of my range.
>Any affordable suggestions for such a printer?
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