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Old Jul 27, 2005, 6:10 PM   #1
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I know this does not have anything to do with Canon lenses but I am at my wits end over my printer delima. I have the HP 8450 and I want a new printer with seperate ink cartriages and prints detailed, well saturated images like my 8450. So anyone with user experience of different printers or just the printer you now use and like very much,could please help me out. I have posted some topics at the Inkjet forum but its not helpful and no one has posted there in days. So please, just a little advice.
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Old Jul 27, 2005, 6:25 PM   #2
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did you ever try the other kinds of paper i told you about? i would do that before deciding you need to change printers..
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Old Jul 27, 2005, 6:59 PM   #3
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The red river paper worked the best but I still had to go in to the printer settings and choose " less ink " to make them dry well enough to put in plastic sleeves. And that cut down my vivid colors. I also tried Kodac, Canon, Epson and some brand called Printworks. The results ranged from disasterous to O.K. Nothing worked well enough. The prints dry best when Best or Max Dpi is selected. But then my printer is so slow and it drinks ink like theres no tommorow. Another thing that I found that erks me is when my last color cartraige ran out I took a knife and opened it up and found that only the blue was empty. The red was half full and the yellow was 3/4s full. Man what a waste of my money. There has got to be a better solution. Besides wal-mart. All i know is that in the past week I have spent enough money on paper and ink trying to fix this drying problem on my HP that I could of bought a ip5000. So my printing has come to a halt untill someone can provide either the perfect solution for my HP or some great reviews on other printers. But I really do appreciate your help on this matter Hards80. But for whatever reason my HP isnt working the same as yours. Maybe its the humidity.:lol::lol:
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Old Jul 27, 2005, 7:19 PM   #4
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sorry to hear that man.. wish you had the same experiences with yours as i..
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The only thing that I have noticed is that only the color has this problem. I never have this problem with B/W pictures.
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Old Jul 27, 2005, 11:38 PM   #6
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the best bet I've found for printers is the Epson R800 or the new R1800 if you want a wider format. they both have 8 individual ink cartridges and the are the ultra chrome chromatic inks. the R800 will print any size up to 8.3" x 44" and the R1800 will print up to 13"x44". I have the 800 and I'm very happy with it. I do only use Epson papers, but have uses some cheap Wal Mart paper for some proofs and even those photos came out really good. The biggest draw back is it is about $100 for the complete ink set for these, but you can buy individual cartridges for around $9 to $12 each. I'm sure it is a matter of taste, but I don't think you can beat the Epson print quality.
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Old Jul 28, 2005, 1:44 AM   #7
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theR800 would be my choice of letter sized printers for its archivability and great color repreduction.. the only reason i chose the HP over this model was the photo grey because half of my prints are b&w.. but the R800 is probably a better color printer..
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I used to print photos on our HP PSC-2210 printer. We used Kodak premium 8.5" x 11" paper. My wife would then cut out the 4x6 photos that we print on each paper. This proved to be time consuming and expensive. The cartridges would run out at about 100 or so 4x6 prints. So I experimented with refill kits and 3rd party remanufactured cartridges. Print quality suffered. So we decided to try out Sam's Club and Costco photo printing ($0.16 per 4x6). A lot better quality than our HP. We'll be trying out winkflash.com as well next week. Supposedly, they make great prints for low cost...lower than Sam's and Costco. We'll never go back to printing photos ourselves unless it's just one or two.
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The R800 is a stunning colour printer, but its B&W is very disappointing.

Matters can be improved somewhat by using duotone or quadtone in PS, but it's still fairly hit & miss.

My next printer will have to be good in B&W too - currently I think that means HP or buying a second R800 and getting some specialised B&W inks.
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if you are going to convert to B&W.. pick up a used R200 or R300...
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