Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Photo Inkjet Printers

Canon, Epson and Hewlett Packard make the best photo inkjet printers. Epson makes wonderful printers. They have become the industry standard. The printers I recommend are

Epson Stylus Photo 1400 13" $200

The ink used is dye based which yields lower quality colors and is more likely to fade over time than pigmented ink.

Epson Ultrachrome K3 pigmented inks provide better colors, but the printers cost a lot more

Epson Stylus Photo R2880 13" $600
Epson Stylus Pro 3880 17" $1300
Epson Stylus Pro 4880 17" $2000
Epson Stylus Pro 7880 24" $3000
Epson Stylus Pro 9880 44" $5000
Epson Stylus Pro 11880 64" $15000

A good alternative to the R2880 is the R1900. It does not use K3 ink but the quality is better than the Stylus Photo 1400 . The ink used is pigmented ink. It is available from Epson for $450.

It is important to use all of the above printers with the very best photo quality paper that you can afford. Some good papers to get started with are Epson Premium Presentation Paper Matte, Kodak Photo Paper Matte, and Staples Photo Supreme Matte. These are low quality papers, but all much better than general computer paper. Epson offers other higher quality papers.

Use pigmented ink and high quality paper if possible. This results in a better print.

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