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David B. Brooks Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

The Epson Stylus Photo 1280 has been going strong for almost six years now, and you'd think that Epson's replacement model, the Stylus Photo 1400, must be exceptional to be worthy of replacing such a venerable printer. While the idea has merit, the fact is that Epson's letter-sized, dye-ink photo printers, such as the R380, already have new inks; the 1280 was the...

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George Schaub Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

Priced at about $499, the Canon PIXMA Pro9000 is a 13x19" printer that produces beautiful color prints on a wide variety of media. And it's one of the fastest color printers I've worked with, especially for working with fine art papers via its front-feed system. It can also work with thinner papers via its top-feed system, but those who will spend that amount on...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Mar 01, 2007 0 comments

Technical Specifications
Print Head: PF-01
Technology: FINE (Full-lithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering)
Configuration: Six colors per print head; dual print heads (total 12 colors); Print Head (A) Y/PC/C/PGY/GY/MBK; Print Head (B) PM/M/BK/R/G/B
Replacement: End user...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Mar 01, 2007 0 comments

About a year ago Canon announced new pigment ink professional wide format printers for the US market. Initially, the smallest of these Canon printers available in Japan, the 17" wide, was not slated for the US market. Not long after, Canon announced the PIXMA Pro9500 printer, a new 13" pigment ink printer. I responded immediately to this announcement, requesting a unit...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

Technical Specifications
Scanner Type: Flat-bed color with TMA for scanning all standard film formats
Photo & Film Restoration: Digital ICE (built-in) to restore damaged photos and film
Color Restoration: ColoRescue for photos and film
Bit Depth: True 48-bit color
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David B. Brooks Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

When the new Microtek ScanMaker i800 model was released I held back until the i800 Pro Design model was ready for review. The reason for waiting for the Pro Design model was that after reviewing numerous scanners over the years I have come to the realization that the software driver is as important, if not more so, than the hardware. Like an automobile, scanner specs resemble an...

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George Schaub Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

Having worked with and tested the Epson Stylus Pro 4800 (Shutterbug, November 2005 issue, or type Epson 4800 in the Search box on our homepage at www.shutterbug.com) I can attest to the fidelity and quality of the Epson UltraChrome K3 inks and to the reliability of this wide format, 17" wide printer. But there were two complaints I had about the printer, which I believe were...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

Technical Specifications
Scanner Type: Flat-bed color with TMA for scanning all standard film formats
Photo & Film Restoration: Digital ICE (built-in) to restore damaged photos and film
Color Restoration: ColoRescue for photos and film
Bit Depth: True 48-bit color
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George Schaub Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

While HP did show a number of consumer-oriented printers, perhaps the most interest was generated by their new HP Designjet Z2100 and Z3100 models. Both use HP Vivera pigment ink technology (introduced with the HP Photosmart Pro B9180) and have built-in color management with an embedded spectrophotometer. According to HP, the use of the Vivera pigmented inks yields 200+ years...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

First announced in February and now becoming available, the new HP Photosmart Pro B9180 is one of two new competitors to the Epson R2400 (the other being the Canon iP9500). Although 13x19 inkjets have been available for some time, including the highly regarded Photosmart 8750, the B9180 is the first pigment ink photo printer from HP, and the first Photosmart printer to bear the...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Nov 01, 2006 4 comments

The new Epson V700 Photo/V750-M Pro Perfection scanners remind me of the very first Epson professional scanner I got to know over 10 years ago. The resemblance, however, is largely superficial. Even though the new V700 and V750 have a shape similar to the Expression of over a decade ago, these new Perfection scanners reflect an entirely different era of scanning performance. While...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Nov 01, 2006 0 comments

Technical Specifications

Scanner Type: Flat-bed color image scanner with Epson Dual Lens System, High-Pass Optics and Digital ICE technologies
Photoelectric Device: Color Epson MatrixCCD line sensor
Optical Resolution: Epson Dual Lens System, 4800dpi and 6400dpi
Hardware Resolution:...

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Ingrid S. Krampe and Brittany J. Reed Posted: Sep 01, 2006 0 comments

Last year it took us days to crank out the 1000+ proofs we print every week during the summer camp season. In desperate need of a truly fast and reliable digital photo printer, the Sony UP-DR150 caught our attention. This dye sublimation printer is extremely user friendly, portable, and designed for fast on-location printing of 3.5x5, 4x6, 5x7, and 6x8" prints. After test...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Aug 01, 2006 0 comments

One of the more frequent complaints and problems from photographers is that they are not getting expected color reproduction from their printers. More times than not the solution to this problem involves what is referred to as color management. So, to launch into this review of a device and software for calibrating and profiling printers, I will begin with a short, and I hope...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Jul 01, 2006 0 comments

The HP Designjet series packs some powerful photo printing into a sleek and stylish format, and all at very reasonable prices. The original Designjet 130, which prints up to 24" wide, and the Designjet 30, in a more desktop friendly 13" wide size, have now been joined by the new Designjet 90 which brings 16x20" printing to the sub-$1000 price point for the first...

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