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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2014, 11:02:33 PM »
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.

Are you making sure you keep the wiper blade clean?... and the head capping station gasket?
lots of good video on youtube about cleaning those.
I had to do that to my r3000 after a head strike caused a lot of jets to clog.  Never performed a single ink-wasting cleaning.  just a few nozzle checks and cleaned the wiper and cap station and it's back to awesome.

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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #15 on: June 24, 2014, 11:02:33 PM »

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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2014, 08:36:44 AM »
I had an R1800, a good printer for sure. Although it's ink useage was a scandle.
I fitted mine with a CIS system and after a lot of prints...the printer was end of life.
I replaced it with a R2880 which served me well, again i fitted a CIS system to it, but after 2 years I got head clogging issues. The yellow channel completely died on my and I decided to abandon the CIS route and replace it with a R3000, which is easily the best printer I've ever used. I wish i had more money at the time for a R3880, I think it would have served me better, but I wanted the ability to print onto CD's (important for me at the time) and that was the swing vote for me along with the price.
I've been using it with  a Marrut / lyson re-fillable cartridge solution and i have to say, the results are fantastic. the best prints I've experianced and easily match the OEM colours. I'm on my third set of inks for it and I've had it now for a year and a half. It's messy to refill the cartridges and clear the chip, but I only have to do this every 3-4 months or so and I do them all in one go. It's a lot more reliable than the CIS systems I've used in the past and the colour vibrancy is the best i've used. It easily matched the Epson colours when profiled. I tend to use semi matt papers, I like the wedding / photographic look, so I was a big fan of the ilford perl papers until that company folded earlier in the year.

I hope this helps! 

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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2014, 10:15:31 AM »
I have two R2880's. I got hem used for 300€ and 250€, including extra ink. Very good printers indeed!!
Maybe you can buy used and in the higher segment?
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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #18 on: June 26, 2014, 07:02:50 PM »
I've owned the Epson R2000, Canon PRO-100, and Canon PRO-10.  I currently own both of the latter two.

I felt the build quality of the R2000 was poor compared to the Canons, and the paper feed on the Epson was inferior with even moderately thick paper jamming.

Based on your usage, I'd go with the PRO-100 since it is a fantastic dye ink printer.  The PRO-10/pro-1/ r2000/r3000 all use pigment ink which has a longer shelf life but also costs more and can get clogged if you are not printing out photos at least once a week.
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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #19 on: June 26, 2014, 08:34:21 PM »
..The PRO-10/pro-1/ r2000/r3000 all use pigment ink which has a longer shelf life but also costs more and can get clogged if you are not printing out photos at least once a week.

I hear some have this problem but my r3000 sits for months sometimes and does not clog.
That said, I'd like a wider gamut dye printer for some of my more vivid subjects the pigments can't replicate.
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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #21 on: June 29, 2014, 07:44:41 PM »
EPSON R3000
I have the R3000, works perfectly, no jamming, no clogging even if my printing is irregular and may go for a month or so without printing. People who view the prints find them very good indeed. Also prints great on matte paper.

I read where the Epson's use more ink than the Canon's, but I can't comment on that.

I would recommend the Epson R3000 absolutely!
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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #22 on: July 27, 2014, 02:34:23 PM »
I'd recommend the Pixma Pro 100 - easily within your budget, whatever it is.  This printer produces excellent
13X19 prints, has an eight cartridge head for wider color gamut and is no more expensive at the ink level than
any of the others.  Canon will soon replace this printer - so it's on closeout at almost every store.  Canon has
also run promotions, buy a camera, get a printer type stuff, regularly for the last year.  Look at Craigslist under
"canon large format" and you'll find several for $150 or less - usually in the original still sealed package with the
UPC removed for rebate purposes.  I've bought several - the last one an Adorama deal for $34.00 after rebate, including a $40 package of 13X19 glossy photo paper.

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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #23 on: July 27, 2014, 04:59:26 PM »
Hi WJM,
You are looki g for An A3 printer, I recommend the Epson 3880. It is the A2 machine, but don't roll your eyes. It's not bigger than the A3 machines, It's not more expnsive if you calculate that much more ink is delivered with the printer and the ink costs less than half than for an R3000. The break even is when you need the first ink cartridge set at the 3880. They have 80ml each, at the 3000 they have 25ml but cost more than half of the big ones.

The only downside is, that the printer driver is not able to support printing from rolls. I have not really missed that in the last years.
I hope that helps

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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #24 on: July 29, 2014, 02:21:26 AM »
+1 for the Epson 3880.

If you print larger numbers of A3 it will help you saving money because of the bigger cartridges.
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Re: Which A3 photo printer? (Advice please)
« Reply #24 on: July 29, 2014, 02:21:26 AM »