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Re: Replacing my old 1280 with....?

I am also interested in this thread but Iwant a smaller size printer. Can anyone recommend a printer for A3 plus? I need a printer for colour separation diginegs for ultra violet exposures. What about HPs? I remember a mail from Sandy King recommending the Epsom R1800 in the economy range and the HP B9180. Does this advice still hold? Also with the price of ink so expensive, the running costs may be a more important consideration than the initial cost.
----- Original Message ----- From: <kerik@kerik.com>
To: <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2008 4:06 PM
Subject: RE: Replacing my old 1280 with....?

The Pro model comes with Colorburst RIP software. If you need a color RIP,
it may be worth the extra $$. Otherwise, the printers are identical. I did
not get the pro version since I don't do a lot of color printing.


Original Message:
From: BOB KISS bobkiss@caribsurf.com
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 11:36:26 -0400
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: RE: Replacing my old 1280 with....?


I have read many postings about how good the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 is.
When I Googled it I saw that there were two versions:

1) Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and

2) Epson Stylus Pro 3800 Professional Edition which costs about $200

******Please advise which one you are using and which you recommend. Also,
any one know what the differences are?



-----Original Message-----
From: kerik@kerik.com [mailto:kerik@kerik.com]
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2008 10:56 AM
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: Re: Replacing my old 1280 with....?

I've got a 3800 and love it for digital negs and prints. Been using it

problem free for over a year.

Huib is mistaken about this Epson. It does NOT require any swapping/purging

when switching from matt to gloss ink. It has all cartridges installed and

swithes automatically depending on the media you specify in the driver.


Original Message:


From: Huib Smeets huib@huibsmeets.com

Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 15:37:48 +0100 (CET)

To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca

Subject: Re: Replacing my old 1280 with....?


I'm just reading along here, not really doing alt stuff myself, so I can't

comment on inkjet, inkts and UV properties for digital negatives.

I recently bought a Canon ipf5100 (17") printer. It is a nice machine for

those that print on matt and glossy media equally as it does not require

any inkt swapping/purging/cleaning as with the Epsons. It's more expensive

then an Epson 3800 but cheaper then the Epson 4880 model.

I'm very please with the deepness of the matt black inkts. I never liked

the matt papers from the wet darkroom but now I'm a bit in shock&awe that

I like the matt inkjets better then prints on glossy media. Exactly the

other way around as with prints from the wet darkroom....

The printer seems also to be reasonable frugal with inks, expected more

ink usage.

Oh, and not to forget :-) great prints, great color, nobanding or any

other symptoms of poor design/performance.

The previous model (ipf500) was hampered by poor user documentation, Canon

has improved a lot here, I had no trouble in setting up the printer.


Hi all,

I just posted this question at Hybrid, but also wanted to toss it out


'cause I need all the advice I can get.

I haven't been around here much 'cause i've been working on an exhibition


my paintings these past few months, but now that's hanging, and I'm


to get back to making some digital negs and photogravures. I'm also ready

to replace my old 1280 printer.

I'm thinking about the Canon 9000, 9500, or maybe even an Epson 3800.

What I want to print:

1.... colorized digital negatives with PDN, for making photogravure


plates. (My Epson 1280's inks worked great for the degree of UV blocking I


2... "giclees" (i hate that word), of my paintings. Full color on matte


fine art papers. Of course I want rich darks, which I worry about on a



3... and finally, I'd like to make some b&w prints of some of my photos as


which I will likely work into with paint or ink or whatever.

I've been reading every review and forum post I can find about these and

other printers, but I'm more confused than enlightened. There's just too

much conflicting info, and a lot of outdated info as well. Any advice



willing to offer would be SO appreciated. I'm ready to order it asap, but


need your guidance on what will work best for me.




Susan Daly Voss


March 2008 gallery exhibition "Duet" at www.dalyvoss.com

gravure blog at www.susanvossgravures.blogspot.com


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