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Old Sep 24, 2004, 5:00 PM   #1
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Hi All

I'm a new to this forum and I in desparate need of some sound advice.....


I have a dilemma, maybe others have the same

I need to by a new printer, I currently have and Epson Photo 895, which just isn't up to the job regarding photographic reproduction, nor does it print A3/A3+ prints. This is a large investment for me and I need to make the right decision. At the moment, having read countless reviews, I'm still very confused. There are good and bad, pros and cons for both 2100 and i9950 printers – basically I do not want to make a mistake, neither do I want to buy a printer the is about to be replaced by a better more advanced model i.e. an A3 version of the R800. I'm new to this forum so apologies if this topic has already been covered

The printers are around £500 so cost is not part of the criteria.

Although fairly basic my criteria is

A3 printing
Various paper formats, Prem Glossy, Semi Gloss, Matt, Luster etc
Best Photographic reproduction from 6x4 – A3/A3+
30% B&W printing, 70% colour printing
Multi cartridge system

Are there any other alternatives to the Epson 2100 or Canon i9950?

Does anyone know if there is a supplier in the UK that stocks both printer and will demo them?

Does anyone know if Epson are planning to develop any new model using R800 technology?

Once again apologies if this topic has already been covered (sure it has) but I just need some expert advice and guidance before I make my final decision

Many thanks in anticipation of you advice and recommendations

Gazza

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Old Sep 28, 2004, 6:58 AM   #2
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I boughht a i9950 2 weeks ago and have been pretty dissapointed with it.
It leaves pizza wheel marks on 190g papers. It also has significant banding on the edges of the print. I find I really can't print anything on it. I'm going to return it
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Old Sep 29, 2004, 6:48 PM   #3
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Hi

Thank you for sharing your experience, pitty it's not a good, however it will help me inmaking my decision.

Many thanks

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Old Sep 30, 2004, 11:40 PM   #4
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I feel the problems that Jay 123 has had are down to teething problems. I had a great deal of trouble at first getting borderless prints, but it was just down to playing a bit in Photoshop and using the Print preview to assess before printing. Now every one - well almost - is a winner.

The "pizza wheel" marks are explained in another post. Lightweight paper is not thick enough for the guide wheels. Remember that this printer has to be able to smoothly move heavyweight (nearly 300gm)A3+ paper, so it has to press quite firmly on the paper, so it would seem that lightweight paper is affected.

Personally I am delighted with the printer, and bought it based on Steve's review. He is never wrong!
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Old Oct 6, 2004, 4:08 AM   #5
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Hmmm... could be teething problems. Although.... I've tried a whole heap of different settings in photoshop and different papers. The banding is still there. I've actually sent it in to a service shop. They said the banding may be normal if you print borderless prints! They pointed me to something in the manual that says that if you print borderless then you can expect poor print quality at the margins. (Although I printed a bordered photo and the banding was still there!) Also told me that can't do anything about the wheel marks. Took it to the Canon Office in Sydney. They said it was strange and they tested it for 2 hours, then told me they need to keep it 5 days. I'll get some word next week.

cameranserai. I'd like top read some more about the pizza wheel marks and the canon printers. Couldn't find anything when I searched for it. Can you direct me to any sites/threads?
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To be frank with you Jay123 this is the first and only time I have come across such a problem, which seems to be unique. Since I last posted I have printed quite a number of photos, but I use very heavyweight problem and even with a magnifying glass I can't find a problem. If I get some cheap paper somewhere from a friend and it reacts I'll repost. Is it cause to return the printer as not of sufficient quality and demand another? I don't know, but I would demand at least acomparison of two printers side by side before I accepted mine back from Canon. If the second was not creating the effect, I'd demand a swap.
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Old Oct 7, 2004, 11:10 PM   #7
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The A3 version of the R800 is coming out in Japan next month. It goes by the name of PX-G5000 and has a street price of about $630:

http://www.i-love-epson.co.jp/produc...0/pxg50001.htm

It uses the same inks as the R800. Can anyone explain to me why Epson went with a blue ink instead of a green?
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Anyone a comment on which printer prints better black & white?
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I have used Canons and Epson including 1290S and 9950. I also used 865, IP4000 and a bunch of other A4 from Canon and Epson and even HP.
I don't recommend HP for photos except their larger A1 Designjet 120 or 130, without competition I am aware of.

Now there is something very very importnt : how many prints do you intend to make per day, and how fast do you want one to be finished ?
Canon is some 8 times faster than fastest competing Epson for same quality. As far as I understood the technology, Epson may never make the gap smaller since Canon (and HP uses same kind) can make faster and faster and smaller print heads for the same price as far as microchips are getting smaller and better and cheaper. Epson technology counts on improving micro-mechanics and there is no way to make it so much better for the same price.
Lately Epson has moved into getting very much better inks. It's technology may use any kind of ink as long as it doesn't obstruct the print head. Canon needs very subtile conductive inks and has to make much bigger efforts to reach Epson quality inks.

So you know who is the best at what and who is in position to get better.
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You should look in this forum for the Epson R1800 and the Canon i9900/i9950. There is a lot of information posted there about both printers. Do some reading an choose.
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/fo...um=1003&page=1
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