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    Posted: 22 May 2012 at 7:37pm
Hi

I'm looking for an A3 photo printer, in professional quality prints.
Just a few prints per week, so not some huge industrial printer.

I've been looking at the
Canon Pixma Pro 9500 mk 2
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Epson R 3000

It's the price level I'm considering. Is one better then the other? - i have canon gear, but i can't imagine a situation when I would print directly from the camera, so compatibility doesn't sell it for me.

As for paper, I've tried a few types, but I'm still a bit lost.
What type would you use for photos of wildlife, landscape etc?
What do I get when I pay more?
I know what glossy etc is, but what do I get?
Do they last longer?
Do todays prints last pretty much for ever?
Is it all down to the thickness/weight of the paper? 260 g/m2 etc


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G'day Michael,

I have the canon 9500pro mkII and what helped me make the decision on purchasing it at the time was the cost of consumables (ink). Here the Epson was double the price of inks.

Here canon paper is very expensive compared to other brands and quantities.

In the last year I have actually been purchasing my ink now in the USA which is about half the price I was paying wholesale here.

As for paper, the more you pay the better quality and longevity of the paper. Recently I have been doing some research on paper myself and have found that often the quality of the paper technology actually belong to one company and they sell the technology to others who pay royalities for the use of that technology, such as "Metallic Paper".

I have used the Canon platinum paper and have got good results. The Kodak Professional Endura Metallic Paper is supposed to get excellent results and is what most of the others are based on (what my research has found out - I never liked using kodak). So it depends on what paper is available for you in your counrty.

Moab paper also has a nice look to it (from internet photo's). Hahnemuhle paper also is supposed to be excellent, Museum quality (longevity)

So personally for myself, I will be getting a few small sample packs from different brands to decide what brand I want to go with, then I intend to cheat. I will purchase 100ft rolls of paper and then the length I want the print to be say 30" and buy the roll 30" wide and a cutter and cut my own paper, instead of paying the same amount for 10 or 20 sheets, I can get a 100 or more by purchasing in a roll and cut my own.

However, I have noticed that if you intend to use canon printer, if you want to use a lacquer or varnish, sometimes the canon inks need to have some preparation done to the print prior to applying the lacquer. It may also be the brand of lacquer or varnich that requires the treatment for the inks etc.

Others may have a different experience with different brands.

My 2c worth.

Regards,
Craig

EDIT: I recently wanted to purchase paper to print panorama width, the paper size is available, but Canon wont fix the driver limitation of paper sizes to suit banner size prints for desktop printers. Maximum custom paper size is 355mm x 676mm (13 x 26).

If the epson will print continuous / rolls or more custom size paper, purchase the epson.

Edited by horizon - 27 Jun 2012 at 5:55am
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The epson takes 13" roll media which makes it quite flexible, at least the R1900 and 2880 does so it makes sense to me that the 3000 will too. I use Lyson paper purchased from Marruttwho sell roll media - including canvas - as well in sizes that will fit. I'd go for the epson as I have good experience with epson and none at all with canon.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Nams Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Oct 2012 at 2:51pm
Get the Canon Pixma Pro-1

No mucking about with this one!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Spark Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Oct 2012 at 8:13pm
But remember to check the running costs - cartridge prices for example - before you buy!
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