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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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David B. Brooks Posted: Feb 01, 2008 9 comments

I had just about given up on ideal black and white inkjet printing and settled for the printer company compromised solution, which first appeared with the Epson R2400. Like other photographers who do both color and black and white, I'd tried and failed using a converted, dedicated black and white printer using "independent" inks. That solution proved too...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Feb 01, 2008 0 comments

The introduction about a year ago of 12-color pigment printers by Canon was a major addition to the fine art and photo printing area. No longer did only Epson own this category. For the first round, Canon brought out the 17" iPF5000, 44" iPF8000, and 60" iPF9000 wide format printers. Using a new LUCIA pigment inkset, these printers offered long archival life...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Jan 01, 2008 0 comments

I always find it a nice icebreaker to show my pictures to people I meet on my travels. I also make it a habit of giving a small print to people I befriend. And the small print costs me pennies. Plus, 4x6 prints are so much easier to tote around than 8x10s. The problem is producing these minilab-size prints. I've wasted numerous 4x6 sheets because of a wrong setting in my...

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

It has been well over a year since Canon announced the Canon PIXMA Pro9500. In fact, I was so impatient that I requested the opportunity to try out the professional Canon imagePROGRAF iPF5000 17" 12-color ink model (report published in the March 2007 issue of Shutterbug, and now online at www.shutterbug.com). So now the question is: does the consumer-oriented 13" Canon...

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Jack Neubart Posted: Sep 01, 2007 0 comments

There are lots of letter-size inkjet printers on the market, but you'd be hard-pressed to find one with this much functionality and at a price of $129.

Epson's Stylus Photo R380: Key Features At A Glance

· Dye-based, letter-size inkjet printer
· Six ink colors in individual tanks
· CD/DVD printing on...

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David B. Brooks Posted: Sep 01, 2007 1 comments

Some believe film is dead, but I get as many e-mails from photographers as ever asking about film scanning. The reason is that digital cameras have brought more photographers into using a computer for photography so now they want to access the film images they have made over the years in digital format. A new, dedicated 35mm scanner model is a rarity these days; none of the...

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Jon Canfield Posted: Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

With so much digital in evidence, you'd think scanning would be a hot area at PMA. At least, I was hoping it would be. There's a big gap in the middle when it comes to ways to get your film into the digital realm. You've got the low end, typically a normal flat-bed scanner that's optimized for reflective scans and does a mediocre job of scanning...

Shutterbug Staff Posted: Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

As part of our coverage each of our reporters were asked to pick out what they considered the Best of Show product, service, or idea. In most cases it is the item that caused them to reconsider how they worked or that sparked their imagination. While each reporter had their beat, this category was open game for all, and most "crossed lines" to find their pick.
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Joe Farace Posted: Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

It used to be that manufacturers and even us press types hailed every tiny improvement in printer technology as a major achievement. Now the honeymoon is over. We expect these devices to produce impressive color and monochrome output and do so at an inexpensive price--except for the inks, of course. As a result, photo-quality printers, except for pricy laser and dye...

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

Technical Specifications

Printing Technology: Six-color advanced DX5 MicroPiezo inkjet technology optimized for photo printing
Ink Cartridge Configuration: Six individual high-capacity ink cartridges
Ink Type: Claria Hi-Definition Ink (smudge-, scratch-, water-, and fade-resistant photos)
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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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