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Which Printer?

I am looking to change my Epson 2400 printer as I am fed up with the print heads requiring cleaning each time it is used.
I don't use it an awful lot, maybe I should just send piccies off to a printing house, any suggestions gratefully recieved
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Re: Which Printer?

I'm interested in this as I've so far held back from getting an A3 printer because I've heard about so many problems with light use/print head blocking

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Re: Which Printer?

I use an Epson R800 which does a max of A4. I don't use it much but don't have any real problems with head cleaning. The quality of print is very good. (not just my opinion)
What I do have a problem with is the cost of the ink. If you scale the price of a cartridge up to the volume of a bottle of malt whisky it would be over £500 a bottle!
One question would be how many A3 prints are you likely to do in a year or 2 years. If it is a low number I would go to a commercial printer.
I use Trumps in Edinburgh who provide an A3 for £5.50 approx. printed with longlife inks on Fuji paper. They willl also print odd shapes. I have had panoramas up to a 1000 by 300 for about £16.
My photographic club will also print an A3 for £3.
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Re: Which Printer?

I have an Epson R1800 and I have had constant problems with head blockage in warm weather, but no problems in winter. I don't use it very often and rarely for A3. The Cartridge People do compatible inks which are much cheaper, don't cause any more clogging than original and have extremely long print life. When I replace it will not be with an Epson (unless they've solved the clogging problem) and I will more than likely not buy A3, as the additional cost is not repaid with the number of A3s I print.

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Re: Which Printer?

Hi I have an A3 epson printer only use it in emergancies now, because I get my A3 prints done at DSCL to which they do what you call wet print process it cost about £1.40 to £1.67 depending on qauntity that includes postage, as for home printing on my epson it comes out to more like £2.40 a print and the qaulity is not as good, this is using continuos ink system and if you have to reprint cause colour not quite right then this cost goes up to £3 or £4, where as DsSCL prints are consistant and bang on every time.

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We have an Epson R1800 which has not given any problem from new. I hope that continues now I have written that.

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Re: Which Printer?

I too have an Epson R1800 and replacement cartridge costs are the key issue with most printers let alone A3 printers, it's just that an A3 print uses them up quicker! I got rid of an A4 Lexmark because it was cheaper to replace it every year than keep buying its cartridges, and I don't like that type of dealyed cost selling (even though everything seems to be sold now-a-days cheapily in the hope that they recover costs / make profit through the spares and maintenance)
The main advantage for me is that I can print onto A3+ Somerset textured art paper, which for some strange reason is often cheaper than A3 art paper. It gives me a high quality Giclιe print to my own requirements as and when I need them. But it is costing me, and an online printing company such as Redcliffe http://www.redcliffe.co.uk/digital_f...t_printing.htm would probably be more cost effective.
So possibly check cartridge costs first, then buy an A4 printer for general works and use online printing for bigger prints.

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Re: Which Printer?

I had an Epson R800. I only used it occasionally and it lasted me five years. The prints, when printed with a decent custom profile, were superb. I had no problems with blocked prints heads in the time that I had it. In the end, it was the paper feed that failed.

I bought an Epson R2880 in November 2009. I still only use it occasionally. Again, the prints are superb. I have been using downloadable profiles for the brands of paper I use and all produce excellent results so I haven't felt the need to try and see if I can improve on them with custom ones. The only annoyance is having to swap the Glossy Black and Matte Black inks if you want to switch from Gloss to Matte paper and visa versa.

Ink costs are an issue, but there is no way around this if you want a good home printer. If you print a lot, a continuous ink unit might be worth considering: I gather they are a lot more reliable than when first introduced. Alternatively, if you have the money and want larger prints an Epson R3880 might be better value - ink costs are less for larger Epson printers.
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Re: Which Printer?

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I had an Epson R800. I only used it occasionally and it lasted me five years. The prints, when printed with a decent custom profile, were superb. I had no problems with blocked prints heads in the time that I had it. In the end, it was the paper feed that failed.

I bought an Epson R2880 in November 2009. I still only use it occasionally. Again, the prints are superb. I have been using downloadable profiles for the brands of paper I use and all produce excellent results so I haven't felt the need to try and see if I can improve on them with custom ones. The only annoyance is having to swap the Glossy Black and Matte Black inks if you want to switch from Gloss to Matte paper and visa versa.

Ink costs are an issue, but there is no way around this if you want a good home printer. If you print a lot, a continuous ink unit might be worth considering: I gather they are a lot more reliable than when first introduced. Alternatively, if you have the money and want larger prints an Epson R3880 might be better value - ink costs are less for larger Epson printers.
I am using a continuous ink systym from Permajet but suffer a lot from blocked jets usually in the Light Magenta ink. Thanks for all the comments.
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Re: Which Printer?

I think that the answer to print head blocking is to turn the printer on and off on a regular basis, say every couple of days. This cycles ink through the heads.
I am keen to get a new A+ printer after the demise of my 1290 a few years ago. It would be the R2880 and I would use it a lot for camera club and other competitions. I like the control of the image but on the other hand there are some great commercial print houses out there - DS Colour Labs are really good, and inexpensive.
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Re: Which Printer?

I use a HP B9180 and when it works it is a great printer. Not had trouble with heads clogging for ages. The printheads had to be replaced under warrenty.
I wouldn't get another one, HP service is not good IMHO.
I will use DSCL when it finaly dies.
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I use a Canon 9000 PRO printer and never have any problems with head clogging. The print quality is excellent and there are often good deals on Canon Ink and Canon paper online. It's been superseded by the 9000 pro Mk2.

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I use a Canon 9000 PRO printer and never have any problems with head clogging. The print quality is excellent and there are often good deals on Canon Ink and Canon paper online. It's been superseded by the 9000 pro Mk2.

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Re: Which Printer?

I have had an HP8750 A3 printer for 3 or 4 years now. Never have any problems, just put in a sheet of A3 photo paper and it prints perfect borderless prints, even if I haven't used it for several months.
Pick up the cartridges fairly cheap off eBay or amazon Market Place. Brilliant!
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Re: Which Printer?

Thanks for all the info. I think I may save up for a Canon,The epson is ok when it works but I seem to spend more time clearing heads.
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