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    Posted: 28 September 2021 at 17:16
I am in the middle of the Dyxum Postcard Exchange for 2021. Some of the participants print at home using inkjet printers, others outsource their prints.

I was wondering what printers people use here at Dyxum for printing their photos? Maybe you don't print at all, just share electronically. Or you outsource to a 3rd party.

My current set up -- Epson ET-8500, previously an Epson XP-960.

I print mostly 4x6 photos, and then general purpose work printing on plain paper. I'm planning on printing bigger now since the ET-8500 is a "tank" printer, it comes with lots of ink.
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Epson R3000 for serious work with fine art papers and a canon pro 9000 for everyday printing.
Printing doesn't come out cheap and there are many variables in order get a perfect print. But there's a sense of accomplishment when you see the printing coming out of the printer.
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@rastapartaman, thanks for the info. I print my shots for personal display, and sharing with friends and family. It sounds like you sell/display your work in a more formal way. How big do you typically print? I agree, printing can get pricey, especially if you're trying to get things perfect.
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I use the Epson ET-8550 printer. I love the big ink tanks and the quality of the prints is very good for me.
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The biggest home print size is 13x19" on both printers. If you want to sell prints use a good printer with pigment inks and good photo papers. Like this you can offer museum quality and longevity. For bigger prints I use a local shop.
Dye inks as the ones found on consumer printers have more punch and 3D look but fall behind on longevity.
They will fade within a few years.
If you print to sell use original inks, nothing comes close. There are excellent third party inks but almost as pricey as OEM.
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For more information about the 8500 look at this https://www.youtube.com/c/KeithCooper/videos
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Thanks for the link, Theo. I will check it out when I have more time. Yes, I love the big tanks too! I used to hesitate printing big, less so now.

@rastapartaman, yeah, longevity is an issue. I think the ET-8500 is rated at 30-50 years ... good enough for my purposes.
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Originally posted by ADub128 ADub128 wrote:

@rastapartaman, yeah, longevity is an issue. I think the ET-8500 is rated at 30-50 years ... good enough for my purposes.
Hope that model actually lasts that long, earlier I did have some Epson multifunctions, which eventually ended up to my parents and I don't think these lasted that long, I think the earlier one was Stylus Photo RX500 (it was a model with film scanning), but eventually its printer side broke down, while the newer RX685 (no film scanning, but there was optional duplex unit) eventually developed problem with the scanner as the belt that moves the scanner head broke down. Or was there also RX620 at some point, I can't remember clearly...

Parents replaced these dead multifunctions with B&W laser printer and one of the lower end Epson inkjet multifunctions (I am not quite sure about the model, might been ET-2650, at least the first and last number I got right).

When I last time changed the printer (and handed the old one to my parents), I decided that I'm fed up with clogged ink nozzles and switched to a colour laser (or multifunction to be exact, namely HP Color Laserjet Pro MFP M281fdw). Sure, it is not much of a photo printer, but recently I haven't really printed much photos and the print quality is ok for the occasional greeting cards and such (printed on plain A4 paper).
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For me, I learned on film cameras, making black and white prints in the darkroom from time to time, or outsourcing the processing and getting double color prints.

The world is so different now. I am still amazed that I can print in color at home, something I could not imagine in the mid-1980s.

I really enjoy sharing physical prints.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Idleidolidyll Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 September 2021 at 02:48
Epson 4800 (17" wide) using mainly rolls but also up to A2 sheets and with pigment inks.
Made 4 prints yesterday 400x1150mm was the biggest.
I can also put 150x100mm paper in it for postcards....
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Wow, that's massive, @Id. For your exhibition?
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Yes, for that and other prints I sell
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I have an Epson Artisan 1430 retrofitted with a Cobra continuous pigment ink system. I make prints with it, but it's only 6 color, so to sell if a print has a lot of black in it, I get it made commercially. What I mostly use it for is putting my photos onto cotton fabric and making tote bags to sell. There is a good transfer paper out there and with pigment ink and a heat press, no washing out. For cloth, the 6 color and resolution is fine.

Printing was hard to learn for me. Profiles and papers and all not so easy. And pigment ink is a giant pain. I don't care how much you print, it clogs from time to time.
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What I like about the Epson 4800:

HUGE refillable ink tanks.
Reset dongle for the ink tanks and the waste/overflow cart,
Lots of cheap rolls of 17" papers available.
8 colours plus an 8 shade B&W set.
Huge range of paper Textures.
420mm x 2,000mm prints from several of my panorama cameras.
CHEAP!
600 ppi Photo quality on suitable papers, art quality on art ppers.

What I hate about the Epson 4800:

The print driver (but it works).



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