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    by magnum » Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:39 pm

    Hope this is the right place for this.

    I am setting up our "Digital darkroom" and as a first photo printer we are considering the Epson Artisan 1430 A3+ printer (see https://www.epson.com.au/products/inkjet/artisan1430.asp).

    Any comments or advice are requested and appreciated.

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    by Busiboy » Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:58 pm

    How much printing are you considering doing?

    Personally I have thought down this same train of thought and for putting happy snaps on the wall, I think you might be better off to just pay to print.

    If you want to print something really good find the arty farty printers, if you just want snaps, take them to the local photo printing place.

    For the money you would spend on the initial set up, then the consumables buying at consumer retail prices it'd take a long time to pay off your investment.

    Then you also have maintenance, failed prints, botched user error costs etc.
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    by W G » Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:04 pm

    I would not choose one that did not take K3 inks


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    by magnum » Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:10 pm

    W G wrote:I would not choose one that did not take K3 inks
    Cheers,


    K3 inks?
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    by LOZ » Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:21 pm

    One of my worst experiences was trying to do my own prints . Inks dry out heads need cleaning ,profiles don't work ,waste 4 sheets to get one poo print, then just when you think your on top of it inks dry out heads need cleaning ,profiles dont work ,waste 4 sheets to get one poo print then inks dry out heads need cleaning ,profiles dont work ,waste 4 sheets to get one poo print.
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    by magnum » Sun Apr 22, 2012 8:52 pm

    OK, Let me rephrase the question.

    1. Who has their own photo printer, if yes then;
    2. What do you use?
    3. Would you consider an Epson Artisan 1430 (see https://www.epson.com.au/products/inkjet/artisan1430.asp) for a home photo printer? and why or why not?
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    by W G » Sun Apr 22, 2012 9:01 pm

    I have an ancient Epson R2400 A3+ printer which works just fine (although the majority of my output is toned monochrome).

    It uses Epson K3 inks which are pigment not dye inks so they produce much more stable prints.

    I would shy away from the Artisan printer — it uses 6 inks instead of 8 and it uses dye based ink instead of pigment.

    I know the Artisan is cheap but wait a while and save up for santa to bring you the real deal. Until then there is Officeworks.

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    by Dalzine » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:14 am

    With the cost of professional printing I find it hard to justify doing my own prints at home.

    Like Scott said if you just want to do snaps then BigW / Kmart / Officeworks are fine. I know any of my work I want a serious print of I send to a pro printer anyway.

    With the possible exception of MiniBox that keeps coming up with these $29 100mm x 50mm canvas specials, I find it hard to resist those.

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    by Bungy » Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:17 pm

    Unless you will be doing lots of printing I would sub it out as has been suggested.

    As you are in Brissy area check these guys out.
    http://www.rgbdigital.com.au/

    It would be hard for me to print at home for these prices.
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    by magnum » Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:03 am

    Bungy,

    I tend to agree and as we will not be printing a lot, I have put the printer decision/acquisition on hold for the time being.

    Thanks for all the input on this thread.
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    by Dug » Tue Apr 24, 2012 12:39 am

    Having seen many disasters with people attempting home printing I would advise against it.

    Why bother unless there is a real reason you cannot use commercial labs.

    I have done the sums many times and home printing is not economic.
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    by magnum » Sat May 12, 2012 1:54 pm

    OK. now considering the Epson R2000, see http://www.epson.com.au/products/inkjet/stylusphotor2000.asp.

    It has 8 ink tanks, pigment inks as well (I think) and can even take roll paper (for panoramic prints).

    I agree nothing beats the photographic printshop prices if doing large prints or volume. But thought this'd be great for have it in our photographic "digital darkroom" for the odd prints you want to do.

    Comments on this printer sought.

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    by W G » Sat May 12, 2012 2:09 pm

    Magnum,

    Epson have had some deals on this past week or so.

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    by magnum » Sat May 12, 2012 2:16 pm

    W G wrote:Magnum,

    Epson have had some deals on this past week or so.

    Cheers,


    Great, do you have a link or know where they are offering these deals (preferably in Brisbane)?
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    by Big Pix » Sat May 12, 2012 3:07 pm

    ..... you will also need one of these http://www.imagescience.com.au/products ... y-Pro.html

    the site above has a lot of help and worth the time to do some reserch...... or....... you will be wasting a lot of time and stock to get your prints right.......

    biggest question asked......"why are my prints too dark"

    .....answer: "because your screen is too bright"
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