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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

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: 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

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: 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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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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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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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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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...

Joe Farace Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Times change. Last year, dye sublimation snapshot printers were all the rage. This year the focus on printers at PMA was on permanence with more and more printers available with archival image-printing capabilities. Many included the availability of multiple cartridges capable of using pigment-based inks for creating long-lasting, gallery-quality output. The upside is, of...

Jon Canfield Posted: Jun 01, 2006 0 comments

Epson is really pushing the limits with desktop scanners, bringing near drum-scanner quality down to the sub-$800 price range. With two new scanners on display at PMA, Epson had the major news in this category. First up is the Perfection V700 PHOTO. With an estimated price of $549.99, the scanner uses Epson's Dual Lens optics. The Dual Lens System automatically selects...

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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