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  • #2325
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    I am buying a new A3 printer I have seen a canon pro 9000 and a epson 1500 stylus. Can anyone tell me what they think about these or others, the canon is an 8 ink and epson 6 insound both look good…

     

    advice please

    #2329
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    My main advice would be that if you don’t  use the genuine ink then it really doesn’t matter what you get as any reputation or reviews are voided as well as the guarantee.  Using compatible inks the print quality will generally drop considerably now matter what the claims.  Check the cost of inks for each printer and also the capacity and bear that in mind when making your choice.

    Printing your own especially up to A3 is usually much more expensive than the £1.10 charged by DSColour labs.  I had an Epson A3 printer for years, used genuine inks, did prints …  and believe me I know.

    #2330
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    I am looking for one to make money rather than trying to win competitions with. I know the public would never notice the difference in ink quality to be honest I have been using refillable inks for Yeats and I can’t even see the difference haha but I know what your saying thanks.

     

    I would just like to know what people think about the two or is there any others in the game I can look at ?

     

     

    #2331
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    I think most people would agree that Espon have the edge on making printers. However, Canon make excellent printers as well. I’ve also read good reviews on the HP Photosmart B8550.

    I’ve had 2 Canon A3 printers in the past both produce excellent quality prints, but both unfortunately died on me. I didn’t want to shell out another £350 plus inks on another so I bought a cheap A4 and have my larger prints done commercially. The ink jet dyes produce more vibrant colours than pigments dyes  used by commercial printers and you can use a wider variety of papers as well. But of course they’re a lot more expensive to run and they got to maintain a the colour balance throughout the work flow from screen to print. You can get excellent prints, but you can also have major quality problems. There’s a lot to consider.

    #2332
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    Thanks Pete makes me more inclined to go Epson…lol

    #2334
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    All good info from Delores and Peter–who better. Sitting on the fence Paul- If you are for printing for commercial jobs   have you thought of BROTHER  you saw my big A3 printer.  From Cartridge World Nantwich road   where they stock loads  of  printers . Now with respect to Delores point about ink quality and there are some dodgy ones. My HP A4 printer uses HP VIVERA Inks  the best. But Cartridge World equivelent is equal to it in quality and life– and their cartridges contain double the quantity–you would not see a depreciation in print quality.My Brother A3 also has scan/ copy  and fax  and worth a visit to C artridge World.

    #2335
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    Thanks Ken ill haw to take a look and see. I am not sure I have room for a scanner printer but I do need to look around

    #2337
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    I would particularly watch out if you wish to produce stuff for commercial use that the compatible ink you use is waterproof as all the genuine ones are these days.   It is not acceptable to use a non waterproof ink for a commercial print product.

    My point was mainly that no one can advise you what the print quality will be without knowing the ink if you wish to use cheap compatible as all reputations, published test result and reviews are carried out using genuine. To me it is like buying a Rolls Royce and running it on cooking oil. If you buy the most expensive one on earth and are disappointed with the results then there will be no point in blaming the printer.

    As the warranty is voided the minute you use a non genuine part including ink then a 2nd hand A3 with a good reputation is as good as any and much cheaper.  However it is entirely up to you. You pays your money and you makes your choice! 😉

    #2344
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    Wish I could help but I am a bit out of date. My Epson 1290 has worked reliably for 10 years and I have only just started using good quality non-Epson inks in it because it is now a slave printer for text. I would strongly recommend the proper inks for serious work; yes, they are a total rip-off, yes they are the World’s most expenive fluids but they are reliably true in colour. I use an Epson 2880 as my photographic printer now. This has been replaced by the R3000 in the Epson line up, which is faster. Canon and HP have had good reviews and the Canon is certainly faster than the Epson, but speed is not important if you are working on one or two images at a go.

    Delores is right about the guarantee and I would say that, if you are doing straightforward images on gloss, semi-gloss and luster paper you will save a lot of money by getting your prints done by Pro-Am or DS. Papers and ink can be very expensive!

    But the print is the ultimate expression and not subject to the vagaries of projection.

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