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Re: [BKARTS] Inkjet printers



Thanks for all this great information, Michael!
Bertha Rogers


On 27 Feb 2005 at 16:54, Michael Andrews wrote:

> Richard is right, the printer depends on a number of variables, archival,
> costs, project, substrates, experience, etc.
>
> There is not much doubt that Epson is the best.
> But that is based on the use of pigment inks, sometimes third party and a
> lot of experience
> needed to keep things running smooth and to get perfect prints.
>
> I do all me editions on Epson, both artist books and photographic prints.
> I use the 7600 more often because of larger formats
> and because it has a straight paper path so you can print on odd substrates
> like metal, glass, lucite, board etc.
>
> The 1200, 1280, 2100 and 2200 series are all 13 inch desktops
> and some work better that others for adapting to third party pigment inks.
> But they have bent paper paths and will not take rigid substrates.
> Most can be fed with fabrics or various types.
> The newer models are 7 color and more friendly to black and white images.
> As desktops they are cheaper, but not made to last as long as the wider
> format, industrial strength Epsons.
> The desktops are fairly cheap on Ebay.
> The even cheaper, four color Epsons are not really good enough for serious
> photographic work,
> but will work fine where color requirements are not as strict. They tend to
> be restricted
> to small paper sizes.
>
> Lasers render beautiful results, but the colors are fugitive and they are
> not flexible
> in regard to inks and different substrates.
>
> Pigment does count if you have any concern for archival longevity,
> or just want to be decent to your customers in terms of dollars spent
> in relation to archival longevity. In a very real sense, dye based inks
> border on ethical business practices.
>
> If you are printing small format, black and white text, stick with the HP
> LaserJet 4.
> Much less upkeep and maintenance problems.
>
> The expertise required with Epson inkjets escalates tremendously the more
> you care
> about photographic quality rendition. In which case the monitor, scanner and
> printer need profiling.
> Considerations of hue, saturation, contrast, brightness are all interrelated
> and also relate
> to the paper, the ink set, the driver, which also need to be profiled. The
> variables escalate because of the complexities
> involved with all the above components. Expertise with Photoshop is
> necessary
> as the only tool powerful enough for really critical work.
>
> Simplistic color requirements, however, can be easily met with less
> complicated and less powerful tools
> and so you are back to decisions about the task, substrates, costs,
> experience.
>
> If you intend to do a lot of work over a long period of time
> you are better off in the long run biting the bullet
> and becoming experienced with the Epson and Photoshop.
>
> If you only have a few isolated projects, you are far better off
> with the cheaper and easier to use equipment.
>
> bon chance
>
> Michael Andrews
>
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>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Richard Minsky" <minsky@xxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Sunday, February 27, 2005 4:06 AM
> Subject: Re: Inkjet printers
>
>
> > >I have been in contact with a photography group who
> > >recommend the Epson Stylus 2100.
> >
> > The 2100 is the same machine as the 2200, but is the European release. The
> > European version was released a bit earlier, and originally shipped with
> > something called a "gray balancer." This was a software add-on that had a
> > 220 page manual. It was omitted from the North American release. Whether
> it
> > has since been added to the 2200 version or deleted from the 2100 I don't
> > know.  Details on this are at
> > http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/printers/Epson2200.shtml
> >
> > --
> >  Richard
> >  http://minsky.com
> >  http://www.centerforbookarts.org
> >
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