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Re: Alternative to Epson 3800

George, I'd echo the recommendation on the 1280, but I'm not sure why you wouldn't just buy a new one, since mine, which I bought a little more than a year ago, wasn't all that expensive, around $200. This was my printer of choice even though I would have bought a more expensive one had I thought a more expensive one was better for my needs. I didn't want the slower-drying pigmented inks; my only use for the printer is digital negatives. I had expected to order the 1280 from Epson, thinking that retail stores wouldn't be stocking such an old printer, but when I went to buy a Mac G5, I mentioned to the salesperson at the Mac store that I was planning to buy an Epson 1280 for a printer, and it turned out they had them in stock, for significantly less than the Epson price. So it might pay to check around.

I'm very happy with the 1280, except that I have problems with clogged nozzles that I never had with my ancient Photo Stylus EX. I just have to remember to turn it off when I'm not expecting to use it for a few days. It makes great negatives for gum (so far, knock on wood, no banding, or at least only the kind of banding that can be remedied by running a cleaning cycle (or three or four).


On Mar 13, 2007, at 1:46 PM, Sandy King wrote:


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, but
$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?

Cheers -



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