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Crippledsandwich
26th July 2011, 11:35 PM
Can any one recommend a printer for about 50-80 that I can use for printing my Photographs. It's my birthday soon so hopefully I will have the money to buy one:)

I have had a brief look around but I'm completely lost so any help will be really appreciated.

thanks

Chris

Chevvyf1
27th July 2011, 04:01 AM
I and Dh each have one of these ! *anon Pixma IP3600 it has sep. ink tanks means you dont throw away inks in a one tank system ! I think John aka Zuiko got one on ebay at a bargain price ! but amazon are good prices too
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-2868B008AA-PIXMA-iP3600-Printer/dp/B001EO6Z2S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1311739124&sr=8-1

StephenL
27th July 2011, 06:37 AM
I like the Canon Pixma iP4700. Really top quality and a bargain price at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-PIXMA-iP4850-Colour-Printer/dp/B00400OJYY

David Morison
27th July 2011, 07:02 AM
I have a Canon too, a Pixma 4850. Absolutely brilliant results and very easy to use software. Cost 70 from Printerland.

David

Wee man
27th July 2011, 08:48 AM
Another vote for *annon ip 4700

Crippledsandwich
27th July 2011, 09:42 AM
Thanks for all of your links and advice so far. I can see the advantage of Sep ink cartridges. I just have a couple of questions.

How often do you have to replace the ink and is it expensive, or can you buy good quality 3rd party ink at all?

How do the prints compare to say place like jesopps etc, price and print quality?

StephenL
27th July 2011, 09:51 AM
Canon ink is (relatively) inexpensive. I only use genuine ink as I'm wary of possible colour shifts over time with 3rd party inks - most of my printed output is sent to people who put it on their walls, so I don't want to disappoint.

Image quality from the 4700 exceeds most print shops, in my experience. Especially if you use quality paper, which does make a difference. It's certainly better than the Epson printers I used to use, and the inks just never clog the heads, unlike Epson.

However, it's probably true to say that printing at Jessops and the like is cheaper. But you just don't have the same control as doing it yourself.


How often do you have to replace the ink and is it expensive, or can you buy good quality 3rd party ink at all?

How do the prints compare to say place like jesopps etc, price and print quality?

ChrisW
27th July 2011, 10:12 AM
Another vote for the IP4700 :)

I re-fill the cartridges with ink from Octotink (http://www.octoink.co.uk/) - seems to be working very well so far

Crippledsandwich
27th July 2011, 06:42 PM
Is there an difference between theIP3600 and IP4850
or is one just older version of the same printer?

StephenL
28th July 2011, 11:28 AM
Dunno, but one way to check out similarities is to see if they use the same ink carts. If so, then it's the same print head. If not, then there are some changes somewhere (which may or may not be meaningful!).

Crippledsandwich
28th July 2011, 02:23 PM
Thanks Stephen I will have a look at that

Jim Ford
28th July 2011, 08:50 PM
I'm following this thread with interest as my Epson Stylus Photo 895 has just packed up.

I do quite a lot of colour printing, so economy of ink is a big factor. My Epson has a CIS fitted which is excellent, and I'd rather go down the Epson road for that reason. It _really_ gripes me when a new cartridge is fitted, and you use half of it to clear the jets!

Jim

David Morison
28th July 2011, 09:02 PM
Is there an difference between theIP3600 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-2868B008AA-PIXMA-iP3600-Printer/dp/B001EO6Z2S/) and IP4850 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-PIXMA-iP4850-Colour-Printer/dp/B00400OJYY/)
or is one just older version of the same printer?

I think the main difference is that the 4850 will print CDs. I personally don't print CDs but as the 4850 was the same price and is a more recent addition to the range I went for it.

David

Crippledsandwich
28th July 2011, 09:50 PM
sounds good not sure i would find the cd printing part of any use but i agree with what you're saying. Are you getting good results from it?

Plus does it come with ink and/or is it wise to buy some extras?

Thanks again

Phill D
29th July 2011, 06:19 AM
I have an older Canon Pixma ip5200 that replaced an Epson Stylus Photo 895. I only print occasionally and the epson was forever getting blocked even with epson inks. The canon has almost never blocked up. I started only using canon ink but it is pretty expensive for a full set of cartridges (can almost buy a new printer for the cost) so now I've moved to compatibles from Choice. They work fine although the paper seems to be critical. For photos I always use canon paper as my experiments with anything else have proved very unsatisfactory and just wastefull. Another nice thing about the canon is it prints double sided which is useful for general documents on non photo paper.

Wee man
29th July 2011, 08:32 AM
Reference the ip4700 I have ink from 7dayshop which gives good results for prints but cannons own ink is better. I too use cannon paper as it does seem to give better results. This printer will also print to CD's if needed.

Crippledsandwich
29th July 2011, 08:23 PM
Thanks for all of your help so far Guys, today i have gone an brought the IP3600 from Amazon. really looking forward to using it, hopefully i will get it next week. I will report back my first impressions :)

Jim Ford
29th July 2011, 09:26 PM
Thanks for all of your help so far Guys, today i have gone an brought the IP3600 from Amazon. really looking forward to using it, hopefully i will get it next week. I will report back my first impressions :)

Any reason why you chose the IP3600 and not the IP4700?

Jim

Crippledsandwich
29th July 2011, 10:36 PM
Hi Jim

Well after the advice on here and the very helpful links i started to investigate and search tech specs and so forth. The IP3600 holds a 4 1/2 star rating on Amazon to the 4 star rating of the IP4850 so i started to ask why.

The IP3600 holds a higher price on Amazon and Canon's website than the IP4850.

The IP3600 uses Fine, full photolithography inkjet nozzle engineering (http://www.canon.com/technology/canon_tech/explanation/ij.html) which looks good and might have something to do with ink usage, the IP4850 makes no mention of this technology in its own tech specs.

The IP3600 Link to canon web site (http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Printers/Inkjet/PIXMA_iP3600/index.aspx?specs=1) ink usage looks very impressive, compared to the IP4850Link to canons site (http://www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Printers/Inkjet/PIXMA_iP4850/index.aspx?specs=1). Take a look at the huge difference in ink use when printing photographs.

hopefully all of this spec is to believed.

Crippledsandwich
2nd August 2011, 09:58 PM
My printer arrived today, and straight out of the box i have got to say that im very impressed. It came with 10 lots of ink some 6x4 paper and a usb cable. set up was ok and i had a little trouble closing the print head arm but after a few minute i had got it down. After that its plain sailing the printer basically tells you what to do and off you go.

At the moment i have printed just one 6x4 but its already better than anything i have got from Jessops, truprint etc..

The software seems to be very straight forward to use, cropping, choosing paper and adding boarders and the like.