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Jon Canfield Posted: Jun 01, 2007 0 comments

Epson, you have company! For years, serious large format inkjet printing has been owned by Epson with the 7000- and 9000-series printers. The pigment-based printers had a huge advantage in archival life and in the media options available, making fine art printing something that the individual could finally afford to do in-house. In the past year, both Canon and HP have entered the...

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George Schaub Posted: Aug 01, 2005 0 comments

When I first reviewed an HP 7960 printer about two years back (www.shutterbug.net/test_reports/1203sb_hp/index.html) I was very impressed with the neutral black and white images it delivered. I had become increasingly frustrated with the color shifts in black and white with pigment inks, and have...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Jun 01, 2009 0 comments

The new sweet spot for printer sizes appears to be 13x19”, or A3+/Super B. Large enough to print 11x14” photos, while still fitting on the average desktop.

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Jon Canfield Posted: May 01, 2008 0 comments

Every year it seems that print quality gets better while prices come down. Oh, how I wish that applied to the high-end camera market! Pigment printers in the 13x19 desktop size have become the new standard for many photographers. Capable of 11x14 (and obviously larger) prints, they're a perfect match for the needs of most people, and the size and price is within range of...

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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: Jul 01, 1999 0 comments

There is a very real difference still between professional scans and what the individual user can achieve even with the latest and best personal scanners. To a large extent this professional level of scanning remains the realm of drum scanners and their...

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Theano Nikitas Posted: Aug 01, 2001 0 comments

If you're an instant gratification junkie--by nature or by profession--portable mini printers give new meaning to the word instant. Edwin Land knew what he was doing when he developed Polaroid's instant print technology way back when, but with...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Apr 01, 2001 0 comments

Early last fall those of us who attended the Seybold Conference in San Francisco were surprised by Kodak's new futuristic looking 35mm film scanner for the consumer market. Kodak has been making scanners for photo labs and service bureaus...

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Peter K. Burian Posted: Aug 01, 2005 0 comments

Flat-bed scanners are remarkably popular and they outsell dedicated film scanners by a wide margin. That's understandable because flat-beds are affordable, simple to operate, and can produce excellent scans of photographic prints, art work, and even small objects. Many of the latest models are even more versatile, capable of scanning frames of film as well, using a...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Nov 01, 2005 0 comments

I must admit I was surprised that just two years after I reviewed the Konica Minolta DiMAGE Scan Elite 5400 the company would come out with an improved and substantially modified new model. As I noted in my report then, the 5400 was well ahead of the game in performance and value. So, what motivated Konica Minolta to make such a major change so soon? It is probably due to a number...

Jon Canfield Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

There was only one major large format printer announcement at PMA, but what an announcement! Canon showed off the new imagePROGRAF iPF5000 printer. This is brand-new from the inside out. Canon's first 17" wide photo printer, the $1945 iPF5000 is a direct competitor to the Epson Stylus Pro 4800. The printer features Canon's new Lucia pigment inks in 12 colors.

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David B. Brooks Posted: Jan 01, 2001 0 comments

In the last year I've had more e-mail inquiries about what scanner to buy if a photographer has medium and large format film to scan than any other single topic. Until now I've not had a good answer for anyone requiring professional...

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George Schaub Posted: Jul 01, 2003 0 comments

Microtek ScanMaker 6800

We've been reporting on Digital ICE from Applied Science Fiction over the years, the software/hardware solution that cleans up damaged and marred scans from slides and negatives scanned in certain dedicated film...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Sep 01, 2002 Published: Sep 01, 2001 0 comments

The Microtek Scanmaker 8700 Pro flat-bed, dual-bed scanner provides the typical 8.5x14" reflective print scanning of a flat-bed plus Emulsion-Direct film scanning via a film drawer that accommodates all film sizes from 35mm through 8x10". For a...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Nov 01, 2003 0 comments

When I first became active in computer-based digital photographic image processing in 1989, scanning technology was already well established. However, a truly professional color scanner at that time which had sufficient resolution to support magazine quality reproduction and would accommodate...

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