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Some Impressive Inkjet Printer Specials on Epson.com’s Clearance Page

I don’t normally post special pricing offers, but I just noticed some very good specials on Epson products listed on Dealmac.com . Four of the items that stood out in my opinion are:

  • Epson P-2000 40GB Multimedia Storage Viewer for $224.10 (a storage/viewing/backup device for media cards that has a sharp, impressive screen);
  • Epson PictureMate Flash PM280 Photo Printer for $111.20 (a very nice Claria dye-based ink 4×6 printer);
  • Epson Stylus Photo RX595 Multifunction Printer for $68 (a very good all-in-one Claria dye-based ink printer which I own); and the
  • Epson Stylus Photo 1400 for $220 (an excellent 13-inch-wide Claria dye-based ink printer)

I’ve also seen the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 Printer (an excellent UltraChrome K3 17-inch-wide printer which I also own) recently on the Clearance area of the site for $945. This printer takes individual 80ml cartridges of ink (that’s about 5-6 times more ink than the small cartridges found on most 8.5 and 13-inch-wide printers–that means far less ink changing), and it is a workhorse.

To find the specials, visit the main page at Epson.com. The specials are currently highlighted, or you can click on the link for the Clearance Center on the right side of the page at Epson.com. I personally have had no problems with the 4-5 refurbished Epson printers that I’ve purchased from Epson or from resellers over the last 5-10 years. They generally come with the same warranty as new printers or products.

Thoughts on the Epson Stylus Photo R2880 and an Excellent Review on photo-i.co.uk

Epson recently announced the successor to its 13-inch-wide Stylus Photo R2400 inkjet printer, the Epson Stylus Photo R2880. I’ve been using and teaching students and consulting clients how to use the Epson Stylus Photo R2400 printer for years, and this new printer looks very impressive.

There are a number of differences between the R2400 and R2880, including two USB 2.0 ports that allow two computers to simultaneously connect to the printer (the R2400 has both a USB 2.0 and FireWire (IEEE 1394) port). A welcome improvement is that Epson Stylus Photo R2880 will allow direct printing on CD/DVDs. Also welcome is a new ink-repelling coating on the print head, which according to the company, will prolong the life of the head and decrease maintenance time.

I do wish that Epson had added another ink channel to avoid the need to switch between Photo Black and Matte Black (a manual cartridge switch is necessary for optimum results on both semi-gloss/glossy and matte/watercolor papers).

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An excellent hands-on review of the printer can be found here, on photo-i.co.uk, a site that contains many excellent reviews, tutorials and DVD user guides.

The Epson R2880 is now available for an estimated street price of $799.99 through direct market resellers, specialty photo stores, computer superstores, online retailers, and Epson’s retail Web site at www.epsonstore.com.

Epson Adds “Focal Points,” a New Addition to their Pro Imaging Site

I just had a chance to look over this new addition to Epson’s site, and found it very impressive. The new addition showcases how Epson’s Pro Imaging products are being used by some of the most respected and well-known photographers in the world to make fine art prints. The stories, photographs and videos on the new site are very inspiring, and I highly recommend taking a look.

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Just a few of the people and stories are listed below, and all can be found by browsing the stories at www.epson.com/focalpoints.

– Photographer Jerry Uelsmann and artist Maggie Taylor’s “Just Suppose” exhibition at the University Gallery, University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, Fla.
– Lynn Goldsmith’s exhibition at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
– Story about American Photo’s Images of the Year exhibition. All prints were made on Epson’s Signature Worthy™ Exhibition Fiber Paper and were shown at Splashlight Studio in New York.
– An article and video featuring Pete Turner and his recent retrospective, Pete Turner: Empowered by Color at the George Eastman House. The article and video include information about his work, as well as the way he sees the world in color. He also speaks about the SoLux bulbs used in the exhibition as well as the 16-by-20-inch exhibition prints he made using the 17-inch wide Epson Stylus Pro 3800 on Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper.

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The “InkjetSelector” PDF from “301 Inkjet Tips” available free for download

One of the questions I am often asked is “Which printer should I buy?” and my usual reply is “The printer that’s right for you.” I then ask a series of questions and within a few minutes I can generally give them some appropriate options.

Chapter 3 of “301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques” is entitled, “Choosing an Inkjet Printer,” and to help others make this important decision, I created the “InkjetSelector” checklist. This checklist contains the questions I generally ask, plus many more. You may find it useful just to get a sense of the many features that are available today on modern inkjet printers.

This is the introductory text for the InkjetSelector checklist as it is listed in the book, followed by a link to download the three page, 70 point checklist.

TIP 40 Fill out the InkjetSelector checklist.

Choosing an inkjet printer (or printers) is kind of like choosing a car. Many models will do the job, but only a select few will meet most of your requirements. To get started, on the following pages is the super-powerful InkjetSelector, a form I created with 70 parameters to help you choose your ideal printer. Feel free to copy the form (for your own use only of course), then fill it out, bring it to a store that sells inkjet printers, or send it to a reseller or consultant who knows a lot about inkjet printers and who can give you advice. Now sharpen your pencils and happy searching!

From the book, “301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques: An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers” by Andrew Darlow (Course Technology, PTR)

Download the InkjetSelector Checklist (shown below – 136kb PDF)

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Related Links:
Download the Intro and Table of Contents for “301 Inkjet Tips” – 600kb PDF
Download Chapter 2: File Preparation – 2mb PDF
Check pricing and read reviews on Amazon.com for “301 Inkjet Tips”

Interview About Inkjet Printing on This Week in Photography

I was recently interviewed for a relatively new podcast called TWiP (This Week in Photography). The show is co-hosted by Scott Bourne and Alex Lindsay, both of whom have a long list of accomplishments. Their passion for photography comes through in every show, and their guests include pro photographers and industry professionals who truly understand photography and imaging. Most of the info covered in all the shows is in the text of the show notes, which I think is a good idea for people who like to read a recap after listening, or for those who just prefer to read the info. I also submitted links for the show notes to seven inkjet-related articles that appear on PDNonline.com and PDNGearGuide.com.

Here is a direct link to the show notes on twipphoto.com. If you’d like to subscribe to the show, just click on the iTunes link on the right side of the page on twipphoto.com.