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Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« on: June 22, 2014, 06:09:33 AM »
I'm looking for a (A3) photo printer. I only want to use it for printing (color) photos (no other documents, I have a laser printer for that). Ofcourse the Canon Pixma-pro serie printers are very nice but a bit to expensive for me. Especially for my intended use: I just want to make some prints with (very) good quality at home for personal use. If I need the extra 'pro' quality for some reason, I can always go to a professional photolab.

Because I already own some/a lot of Canon gear I tend to buy a Canon printer (I know: this might not be the best reason, so I'm easy to convince otherwise). I'm considering the Canon iX 6550 or its succesor the Canon iX 6850. I read some (lab) reviews on the internet about these printers but I also looking for some 'user experiences'.

Are there some other (non Canon) printers to consider? Other things to keep in mind?

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Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« on: June 22, 2014, 06:09:33 AM »

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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2014, 06:46:34 AM »
Hi

In printing, no need to do Canon, in fact some other printer manufacturers have more reputation in that domain. I have the Epson R3000 which prints beautifully and can only recommend it. Even more, it's wifi and prints to A3+ and rolls if you need to.

Resolution is really really good, size is very acceptable, has 7 colors and 2 blacks. Check its reviews online. On top of it I think the prices is very reasonabel as well.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/750952-REG/Epson_C11CA86201_Stylus_Photo_R3000_Inkjet.html

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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2014, 07:02:41 AM »
Hi

In printing, no need to do Canon, in fact some other printer manufacturers have more reputation in that domain. I have the Epson R3000 which prints beautifully and can only recommend it. Even more, it's wifi and prints to A3+ and rolls if you need to.

Resolution is really really good, size is very acceptable, has 7 colors and 2 blacks. Check its reviews online. On top of it I think the prices is very reasonabel as well.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/750952-REG/Epson_C11CA86201_Stylus_Photo_R3000_Inkjet.html

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Thank you for the advice but I think this printer is in a way different price range then the printers I mentioned (read: too expensive) ... :)

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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2014, 07:38:56 AM »
I know you have said it is too expensive, but the R3000 is really a fine printer. And once you factor in the paper price and the ink price, you will find that the initial investment is only a part of the equation. Buy cheap equals buy twice.  And one more thing: Once you star printing big format, it always seems it is not big enough. A3+ is really the minimum.

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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2014, 08:02:35 AM »
The cost of the printer is often much less than the cost of the ink.

Printing at A3 will use much more ink than printing at 4"x6".

Even something like the Canon Pro-10 has small ink cartridges.

If available, aftermarket (3rd party) ink can be an alternative.
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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2014, 08:46:42 AM »
epson r2880 or r3000. 
i have both and love them.

if you worry about cost then printing is not for you i guess.
good paper cost way more than ink.

and third party ink.. well if you start with that i would say go use a online service.
80% of cheap third party ink is crap. good for images that should last a few month but not more.

for a few big prints using print services is much cheaper than buying a A3 printer.

if you want to sell your images... think about your clients, your reputation and don´t skimp on paper or ink quality.
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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2014, 08:53:56 AM »

Thank you for the advice but I think this printer is in a way different price range then the printers I mentioned (read: too expensive) ... :)

well you said "(very) good quality".   ;)

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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2014, 08:53:56 AM »

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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2014, 09:31:54 AM »
If you buy it at B&H (free shipping), the Canon Pixma Pro-100 is just $98 after a $300 mail-in rebate.  I had to get one last month, because my old Canon i9900 finally bit the dust after 10 years, and it only took a few weeks to receive the rebate.  It includes the SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss 13 x 19" (50 Sheets) at no additional cost, which is needed to receive the $300 rebate.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/893738-REG/Canon_6228b002_Pixma_Pro_100_Photo_Inkjet.html

B&H also has the Canon Photo Paper Pro Luster 13x19" (50 Sheets) on sale for $41 (almost half off).

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/872388-REG/Canon_6211b005_LU_101_Photo_Paper_Pro.html
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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2014, 12:47:25 PM »
If you buy it at B&H (free shipping), the Canon Pixma Pro-100 is just $98 after a $300 mail-in rebate.  I had to get one last month, because my old Canon i9900 finally bit the dust after 10 years, and it only took a few weeks to receive the rebate.  It includes the SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss 13 x 19" (50 Sheets) at no additional cost, which is needed to receive the $300 rebate.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/893738-REG/Canon_6228b002_Pixma_Pro_100_Photo_Inkjet.html

B&H also has the Canon Photo Paper Pro Luster 13x19" (50 Sheets) on sale for $41 (almost half off).

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/872388-REG/Canon_6211b005_LU_101_Photo_Paper_Pro.html


Unfortunately I'm based in Europe ... :(
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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2014, 01:47:18 PM »
I think the Pixma Pro-100 is a good deal. The print quality is outstanding for price. I compared the prints do various prints from labs and you can't even tell them apart.

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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2014, 02:04:24 PM »
I had a similar question a few years back and advice steered me towards the Epson R3000 over the Canon.
I've been very happy with my R3000, excellent output, easy to use, no maintenance issues.
Now I want a bigger one!

As others have said, buy cheap, pay more.
Buy a little bigger and you may have lower operating costs, depending on what you want to do and how much printing you'll put thru it.

I have output from my R3000 that's better than most labs at a lower cost and I don't have to drive to pick up the results.
if you intend to print enough, it's worth buying, especially when you can get it with some big rebates.

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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2014, 05:03:37 PM »
I had a similar question a few years back and advice steered me towards the Epson R3000 over the Canon.
I've been very happy with my R3000, excellent output, easy to use, no maintenance issues.
Now I want a bigger one!

As others have said, buy cheap, pay more.
Buy a little bigger and you may have lower operating costs, depending on what you want to do and how much printing you'll put thru it.

I have output from my R3000 that's better than most labs at a lower cost and I don't have to drive to pick up the results.
if you intend to print enough, it's worth buying, especially when you can get it with some big rebates.

I don't think I won't print that much. Therefore the R3000 and Pixma-pro aren't a option for me. I know they are good. Just like the 5d mark III but a SL1/100d is also fine ...

Anyone advice on a cheaper option (like the iX6850 or iX6550)?

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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2014, 05:41:47 PM »

Unfortunately I'm based in Europe ... :(

If you're in the UK,  the official canon outlet on Ebay often has the PRO-100 for £199 or £249 (don't know why the price varies...). You just have to patient as it can be a few weeks between listings.

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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2014, 05:41:47 PM »

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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2014, 12:55:42 AM »
I use an Pixma Pro9000 Mark II which I snagged on craiglist for 80$ brand new. I bought all the Inks before canon discontinued them and have enough paper that when printed out and sold would be worth about 15K.  ;D ;D ;D

However the Canon Pro-100 Replaced this older printer, which produces fantastic prints. I was very surprised that all my orders below 13x19 are printed with my Pro9000. Heres a snapshot of a final print compared to the file.

I'd just go ahead and get the Pro-100 when it's on sale. You can get them really cheap off ebay and craiglist.
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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2014, 02:43:44 AM »
I have an old Epson R1800 which has never given me a good clean print. it seems that if you're not banging out prints on a regular basis, the pigment inks dry, clog and render the head permanently damaged. I've found canon equivalents far less troublesome and the inks don't seem to punish you if you don't use them for a while. there are some awesome pro labs out there that are ultimately better and far cheaper in my experience.

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« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2014, 02:43:44 AM »