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Re: [BKARTS] Inkjet printers

Since I sent that email, I have been in contact with a photography group who
recommend the Epson Stylus 2100.

I use a Canon D680 laser printer for everyday mono. For colour printing, I
already have a Canon i550, a Canon BJC 4550, an HP 840c and an HP 720c. None
of these are archival, though the i550 produces photos well.

In the short term, I am looking to print at least A3 and to be able to print
edge to edge on both sides. However, the Epson 4000 looks to be an
investment that I may be willing to save for.

Thanks, Richard.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Minsky" <minsky@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, February 27, 2005 8:35 PM
Subject: Re: Inkjet printers

> I prefer the paper handling in the Epson line, and in general prefer
> to laser printers. A lot depends on what you will print on, how long it
> to last, how fast you need to do it, your budget and space.. If you want
> print large sheets of permanent photographic quality and have $1,800,  get
> an Epson 4000. It can produce amazing results on paper 17" wide. Andrew
> Hoyem of The Arion Press used this for the large and beautiful prints in a
> recent publication he was showing at the Oak Knoll BookFest. If you are
> folding and sewing book pages you may need this size. It uses their
> Ultrachrome pigment inks, the same as the larger 7000 and 9000 series (as
> soes the 13" wide 2200). There is a review update at
> http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/printers/epson-4000-update.shtml
> Also check out their review of the 2200, which uses 7 inks and costs under
> $700 at
> http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/printers/Epson2200.shtml
> My personal favorite for everyday printing is the Epson C84, which cost
> at Staples with 4 full ink cartridges. It's fast. The print quality is
> gorgeous, actually amazing for a 4-color machine, on a wide variety of
> papers at 5220 dpi.  It uses 4 separate cartridges of their Durabrite
> which are fairly waterproof and moderately "permanent." They say 80 years
> in normal exhibition conditions (framed behind glass) but I expect longer
> inside of a book. Remember what Groucho said.
> It may have been discontinued, but there are similar models out there.
> I also use an Epson 2000P, which was the first pigment based archival
> desktop photo quality printer (13" wide). It makes beautiful prints very
> slowly and is particular about what paper it uses. The inks are claimed to
> be 200 year archival.
> I still use my old Epson 1520, which uses the old non-waterproof,
> non-archival dye-based inks, but takes a 17" wide sheet and produces good
> color on a wide range of papers. It's fast, and great for larger posters,
> banners, etc. that are temporary, and for book pages where moisture and
> light are kept from the image.
> The 13" wide HP I got recently has feeding problems with some papers. I
> put almost anything through my Epsons, including paper fed deckle-edge
> forward. If you get the  larger ones like the 2200 or 4000 they have a
> straight through paper path for printing on media up to 1.3 mm thick.
> --
>  Richard
>  http://minsky.com
>  http://www.centerforbookarts.org
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