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Old Jun 22, 2003, 1:07 PM   #1
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Default Epson 2220 VS Canon i950 mother of all decisions

I am about to acquire a Canon S50 for family use and am trying to select the best printer for our family. By the way the 2200 is on sale and will only cost me $30 more than the Canon. I am leaning towards the Canon i950 for the following reasons:

1) I have a Canon camera and it might take advantage of extra modes or better compatibility

2) I like the small size and ability to close it up because it will go long periods between uses.

3) It is faster than the 2200

4) It is at least as good or better in print quality

5) It is relaible and won't clog if left unused for long periods of time. (I do not use it often so this is a consideration and I have had 2 epson photo printers at work and they are very problematic)

I like the Epson for the following reasons:

1) Long print life

2) Continuous inkfeed systems are available

3) Excellent print quality

My main concerns in order of importance are:

1) Print quality

2) Speed

3) Longevity

4) Compatibility

5) Reliabilty

5) Ink flow system (I can forgo this)

6) Industrial design

I guess I almost answered my own question in that the only thing that would swing me over to the 2200 are its archival prints and possibly better color rendition due to its 7 cartridges. I will seldom print B&W and will never print larger than 8X10 at home.

I know you guys are very sick of this debate but any comments?
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Old Jun 23, 2003, 4:29 PM   #2
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Well the 2200 is not a machine willing to clog very easily. The new inks have not had much if any clogging issues.
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Old Jun 23, 2003, 5:43 PM   #3
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remember the new inks are not inks but pigment dyes. quite a bit different form the rest of the pack.
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Old Jun 24, 2003, 10:26 AM   #4
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have you considered epson 960 ?
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Old Jun 24, 2003, 11:05 AM   #5
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I actually have an 870. The only reason I would consider an epson is because of the archival quality.

The Canon seems to be perfect but for the print durability. Unless somebody knows better.

My main question is: Did I consider all the pros and cons, or did I miss something?
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Old Jun 24, 2003, 2:05 PM   #6
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- how long would you like your prints to last ?

- will they be printed only once? (if they fade quickly you will have to print them again)
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Old Jun 24, 2003, 2:14 PM   #7
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Well thats the rub. I want to make them for my mom so I would like them to stay nice for at least 10 years.

The other reason I am partial to Canon is the orange shift problem that my Epson 870 has. Epson never fixed the problem. Unless someone knows other wise?
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- will your mom want to keep photos for a long peroid (10/30/100 years) ?

- what will you print (important photos of your family or some least important photos - such as flowers?) - that's the fundamental question - will you want your photos to last or not - you've got to make up your mind and then make the final decision.

- how often will you print ?

- what will you print (text docs / hi-res docs / only photos ) ?

- do you have other printer to print text (laser?)?

- on which media will you want to print

- maybe you will print some graphics or business docs (sometimes)

- have you considered a pro photo lab not a printer.

SOME HELPFUL REVIEWS FOR YOU TO READ :

http://www.photo-i.co.uk/Reviews/interactive/page_1.htm

http://www.photo-i.co.uk/Reviews/int...950/page_1.htm

COMPARING PHOTO QUALITY:

http://www.dp-now.com/cgi-bin/forum/forum.pl/read/5661


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Old Jun 24, 2003, 3:38 PM   #9
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Wayne,

In the end I will be printing family photos only. I have other printers for the rest.

Thanks for the reviews.
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- best canon paper (pr-101) can last up to 25 years
- best epson papers while using with epson 2200/2100 can last over 100 years

decide yourself - if you want long lasting prints ONLY: buy Epson, otherwise go to Canon (quality is almost the same - if not better with Canon)
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