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Crippledsandwich 26th July 2011 11:35 PM

Printer advice
 
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

Re: Printer advice
 
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

StephenL 27th July 2011 06:37 AM

Re: Printer advice
 
I like the Canon Pixma iP4700. Really top quality and a bargain price at

David Morison 27th July 2011 07:02 AM

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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

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Another vote for *annon ip 4700

Crippledsandwich 27th July 2011 09:42 AM

Re: Printer advice
 
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

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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.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Crippledsandwich (Post 128623)
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

Re: Printer advice
 
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

Re: Printer advice
 
Is there an difference between the
and or is one just older version of the same printer?

StephenL 28th July 2011 11:28 AM

Re: Printer advice
 
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

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Thanks Stephen I will have a look at that

Jim Ford 28th July 2011 08:50 PM

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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

Re: Printer advice
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Crippledsandwich (Post 128681)
Is there an difference between theIP3600 and IP4850
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

Re: Printer advice
 
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

Re: Printer advice
 
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.


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