Printer for landscape images?

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TapioH
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Printer for landscape images?
Jan 17, 2013

What is a good printer for making landscape images? And how cheap will still maintain good quality for a hobbyist? My budget is flexible and I don't have to buy just now.

I want to learn to control the image making process from start to finish. I shoot raw with decent dslr gear (over five years now), process with Capture NX2 and get mostly what I want on screen. But I know very little about photo printing and have used only printing services previously.

The amount of output will not be much -- in addition to smaller prints, perhaps some 100-150 a4/a3 (a3 is not a must) color prints a year, and possibly experiments with b&w, too.

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jtoolman
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In reply to TapioH, Jan 17, 2013

TapioH wrote:

What is a good printer for making landscape images? And how cheap will still maintain good quality for a hobbyist? My budget is flexible and I don't have to buy just now.

I want to learn to control the image making process from start to finish. I shoot raw with decent dslr gear (over five years now), process with Capture NX2 and get mostly what I want on screen. But I know very little about photo printing and have used only printing services previously.

The amount of output will not be much -- in addition to smaller prints, perhaps some 100-150 a4/a3 (a3 is not a must) color prints a year, and possibly experiments with b&w, too.

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Tapio

I assume when you say Landscapes you mean the style of photography and not the orientation of the image right?

If you are just starting out, I would recommend the Canon PRO 9000 MKII. This is a $600 printer that can currently be purchased from as low as $80 and up through many a craglister or Ebayer.

Canon included this printer as part of a combo Camera / Printer deals with a nice rebate.

People took the deal and did not really need the printers thus the great deals out there.

The 9000 MKII is an 8 color dye based printer that produces gorgeous bright images on all many types of media. Later you can learn to refill and reset the same OEM carts for amazing savings.

Image Specialist inks sold through several 3rd party providers are out there as well.

Precission Colors has great support for this printer.

Later you can learn about Color Management and the use of Printer Profiles but first things first.

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TapioH
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In reply to jtoolman, Jan 17, 2013

jtoolman wrote:

TapioH wrote:

What is a good printer for making landscape images? And how cheap will still maintain good quality for a hobbyist? My budget is flexible and I don't have to buy just now.

I want to learn to control the image making process from start to finish. I shoot raw with decent dslr gear (over five years now), process with Capture NX2 and get mostly what I want on screen. But I know very little about photo printing and have used only printing services previously.

The amount of output will not be much -- in addition to smaller prints, perhaps some 100-150 a4/a3 (a3 is not a must) color prints a year, and possibly experiments with b&w, too.

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Tapio

I assume when you say Landscapes you mean the style of photography and not the orientation of the image right?

Yes, sorry for the confusion.

If you are just starting out, I would recommend the Canon PRO 9000 MKII. This is a $600 printer that can currently be purchased from as low as $80 and up through many a craglister or Ebayer.

That printer is 350 euros in Finland. I'm not aware of any additional local rebates. Still seems like a good price for a good printer.

Canon included this printer as part of a combo Camera / Printer deals with a nice rebate.

People took the deal and did not really need the printers thus the great deals out there.

The 9000 MKII is an 8 color dye based printer that produces gorgeous bright images on all many types of media. Later you can learn to refill and reset the same OEM carts for amazing savings.

Image Specialist inks sold through several 3rd party providers are out there as well.

Precission Colors has great support for this printer.

Later you can learn about Color Management and the use of Printer Profiles but first things first.

Thanks a lot for the suggestions.

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Tapio

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In reply to TapioH, Jan 17, 2013

TapioH wrote:

jtoolman wrote:

TapioH wrote:

What is a good printer for making landscape images? And how cheap will still maintain good quality for a hobbyist? My budget is flexible and I don't have to buy just now.

I want to learn to control the image making process from start to finish. I shoot raw with decent dslr gear (over five years now), process with Capture NX2 and get mostly what I want on screen. But I know very little about photo printing and have used only printing services previously.

The amount of output will not be much -- in addition to smaller prints, perhaps some 100-150 a4/a3 (a3 is not a must) color prints a year, and possibly experiments with b&w, too.

___________
Tapio

I assume when you say Landscapes you mean the style of photography and not the orientation of the image right?

Yes, sorry for the confusion.

If you are just starting out, I would recommend the Canon PRO 9000 MKII. This is a $600 printer that can currently be purchased from as low as $80 and up through many a craglister or Ebayer.

That printer is 350 euros in Finland. I'm not aware of any additional local rebates. Still seems like a good price for a good printer.

Canon included this printer as part of a combo Camera / Printer deals with a nice rebate.

People took the deal and did not really need the printers thus the great deals out there.

The 9000 MKII is an 8 color dye based printer that produces gorgeous bright images on all many types of media. Later you can learn to refill and reset the same OEM carts for amazing savings.

Image Specialist inks sold through several 3rd party providers are out there as well.

Precission Colors has great support for this printer.

Later you can learn about Color Management and the use of Printer Profiles but first things first.

Thanks a lot for the suggestions.

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Tapio

Sorry but I thought you were in the USA. These Discounts ere offered only here.

It is still a very good Photo printer to start with. Actually it is outstanding.

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TapioH
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In reply to jtoolman, Jan 17, 2013

jtoolman wrote:

TapioH wrote:

jtoolman wrote:

TapioH wrote:

What is a good printer for making landscape images? And how cheap will still maintain good quality for a hobbyist? My budget is flexible and I don't have to buy just now.

I want to learn to control the image making process from start to finish. I shoot raw with decent dslr gear (over five years now), process with Capture NX2 and get mostly what I want on screen. But I know very little about photo printing and have used only printing services previously.

The amount of output will not be much -- in addition to smaller prints, perhaps some 100-150 a4/a3 (a3 is not a must) color prints a year, and possibly experiments with b&w, too.

___________
Tapio

I assume when you say Landscapes you mean the style of photography and not the orientation of the image right?

Yes, sorry for the confusion.

If you are just starting out, I would recommend the Canon PRO 9000 MKII. This is a $600 printer that can currently be purchased from as low as $80 and up through many a craglister or Ebayer.

That printer is 350 euros in Finland. I'm not aware of any additional local rebates. Still seems like a good price for a good printer.

Canon included this printer as part of a combo Camera / Printer deals with a nice rebate.

People took the deal and did not really need the printers thus the great deals out there.

The 9000 MKII is an 8 color dye based printer that produces gorgeous bright images on all many types of media. Later you can learn to refill and reset the same OEM carts for amazing savings.

Image Specialist inks sold through several 3rd party providers are out there as well.

Precission Colors has great support for this printer.

Later you can learn about Color Management and the use of Printer Profiles but first things first.

Thanks a lot for the suggestions.

_____________
Tapio

Sorry but I thought you were in the USA. These Discounts ere offered only here.

It is still a very good Photo printer to start with. Actually it is outstanding.

Yes, it is probably better than I really need. Do you know, if the ink consumption is at a reasonable level?

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Tapio

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jtoolman
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In reply to TapioH, Jan 17, 2013

TapioH wrote:

jtoolman wrote:

TapioH wrote:

jtoolman wrote:

TapioH wrote:

What is a good printer for making landscape images? And how cheap will still maintain good quality for a hobbyist? My budget is flexible and I don't have to buy just now.

I want to learn to control the image making process from start to finish. I shoot raw with decent dslr gear (over five years now), process with Capture NX2 and get mostly what I want on screen. But I know very little about photo printing and have used only printing services previously.

The amount of output will not be much -- in addition to smaller prints, perhaps some 100-150 a4/a3 (a3 is not a must) color prints a year, and possibly experiments with b&w, too.

___________
Tapio

I assume when you say Landscapes you mean the style of photography and not the orientation of the image right?

Yes, sorry for the confusion.

If you are just starting out, I would recommend the Canon PRO 9000 MKII. This is a $600 printer that can currently be purchased from as low as $80 and up through many a craglister or Ebayer.

That printer is 350 euros in Finland. I'm not aware of any additional local rebates. Still seems like a good price for a good printer.

Canon included this printer as part of a combo Camera / Printer deals with a nice rebate.

People took the deal and did not really need the printers thus the great deals out there.

The 9000 MKII is an 8 color dye based printer that produces gorgeous bright images on all many types of media. Later you can learn to refill and reset the same OEM carts for amazing savings.

Image Specialist inks sold through several 3rd party providers are out there as well.

Precission Colors has great support for this printer.

Later you can learn about Color Management and the use of Printer Profiles but first things first.

Thanks a lot for the suggestions.

_____________
Tapio

Sorry but I thought you were in the USA. These Discounts ere offered only here.

It is still a very good Photo printer to start with. Actually it is outstanding.

Yes, it is probably better than I really need. Do you know, if the ink consumption is at a reasonable level?

_____________
Tapio

I refill my PRO 9000MKII so it is not an issue, but if you are printing loots of A3 prints, you will go through a lot of ink. I've never really ran a controlled test to determine actual ink usage rate but you have to realize that getting into home photo printing will not be cheap. Another good beginner's printer is the Epson Artisan 1430. I do not know what the European model equivalent would be but it is also a very good. printer. Both will print up to A3.

I began my printing career with a smaller A4 machine and withing weeks I regreted not getting a A3 printer.

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TapioH
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In reply to jtoolman, Jan 17, 2013

jtoolman wrote:

TapioH wrote:

jtoolman wrote:

TapioH wrote:

jtoolman wrote:

TapioH wrote:

What is a good printer for making landscape images? And how cheap will still maintain good quality for a hobbyist? My budget is flexible and I don't have to buy just now.

I want to learn to control the image making process from start to finish. I shoot raw with decent dslr gear (over five years now), process with Capture NX2 and get mostly what I want on screen. But I know very little about photo printing and have used only printing services previously.

The amount of output will not be much -- in addition to smaller prints, perhaps some 100-150 a4/a3 (a3 is not a must) color prints a year, and possibly experiments with b&w, too.

___________
Tapio

I assume when you say Landscapes you mean the style of photography and not the orientation of the image right?

Yes, sorry for the confusion.

If you are just starting out, I would recommend the Canon PRO 9000 MKII. This is a $600 printer that can currently be purchased from as low as $80 and up through many a craglister or Ebayer.

That printer is 350 euros in Finland. I'm not aware of any additional local rebates. Still seems like a good price for a good printer.

Canon included this printer as part of a combo Camera / Printer deals with a nice rebate.

People took the deal and did not really need the printers thus the great deals out there.

The 9000 MKII is an 8 color dye based printer that produces gorgeous bright images on all many types of media. Later you can learn to refill and reset the same OEM carts for amazing savings.

Image Specialist inks sold through several 3rd party providers are out there as well.

Precission Colors has great support for this printer.

Later you can learn about Color Management and the use of Printer Profiles but first things first.

Thanks a lot for the suggestions.

_____________
Tapio

Sorry but I thought you were in the USA. These Discounts ere offered only here.

It is still a very good Photo printer to start with. Actually it is outstanding.

Yes, it is probably better than I really need. Do you know, if the ink consumption is at a reasonable level?

_____________
Tapio

I refill my PRO 9000MKII so it is not an issue, but if you are printing loots of A3 prints, you will go through a lot of ink. I've never really ran a controlled test to determine actual ink usage rate but you have to realize that getting into home photo printing will not be cheap. Another good beginner's printer is the Epson Artisan 1430. I do not know what the European model equivalent would be but it is also a very good. printer. Both will print up to A3.

That seems similar to Epson 1500W Stylus Photo in Europe.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Epson-1500W-Stylus-Photo-Printer/dp/B007ISNUUO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358455805&sr=8-1

It costs here the same as the Canon pro 9000 MKII.

I began my printing career with a smaller A4 machine and withing weeks I regreted not getting a A3 printer.

Yes I can see that there soon will be the need for the bigger size prints. I have no preference for either Epson or Canon, so which one do you recommend?

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Tapio

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In reply to TapioH, Jan 17, 2013

TapioH wrote:

jtoolman wrote:

TapioH wrote:

jtoolman wrote:

TapioH wrote:

jtoolman wrote:

TapioH wrote:

What is a good printer for making landscape images? And how cheap will still maintain good quality for a hobbyist? My budget is flexible and I don't have to buy just now.

I want to learn to control the image making process from start to finish. I shoot raw with decent dslr gear (over five years now), process with Capture NX2 and get mostly what I want on screen. But I know very little about photo printing and have used only printing services previously.

The amount of output will not be much -- in addition to smaller prints, perhaps some 100-150 a4/a3 (a3 is not a must) color prints a year, and possibly experiments with b&w, too.

___________
Tapio

I assume when you say Landscapes you mean the style of photography and not the orientation of the image right?

Yes, sorry for the confusion.

If you are just starting out, I would recommend the Canon PRO 9000 MKII. This is a $600 printer that can currently be purchased from as low as $80 and up through many a craglister or Ebayer.

That printer is 350 euros in Finland. I'm not aware of any additional local rebates. Still seems like a good price for a good printer.

Canon included this printer as part of a combo Camera / Printer deals with a nice rebate.

People took the deal and did not really need the printers thus the great deals out there.

The 9000 MKII is an 8 color dye based printer that produces gorgeous bright images on all many types of media. Later you can learn to refill and reset the same OEM carts for amazing savings.

Image Specialist inks sold through several 3rd party providers are out there as well.

Precission Colors has great support for this printer.

Later you can learn about Color Management and the use of Printer Profiles but first things first.

Thanks a lot for the suggestions.

_____________
Tapio

Sorry but I thought you were in the USA. These Discounts ere offered only here.

It is still a very good Photo printer to start with. Actually it is outstanding.

Yes, it is probably better than I really need. Do you know, if the ink consumption is at a reasonable level?

_____________
Tapio

I refill my PRO 9000MKII so it is not an issue, but if you are printing loots of A3 prints, you will go through a lot of ink. I've never really ran a controlled test to determine actual ink usage rate but you have to realize that getting into home photo printing will not be cheap. Another good beginner's printer is the Epson Artisan 1430. I do not know what the European model equivalent would be but it is also a very good. printer. Both will print up to A3.

That seems similar to Epson 1500W Stylus Photo in Europe.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Epson-1500W-Stylus-Photo-Printer/dp/B007ISNUUO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358455805&sr=8-1

It costs here the same as the Canon pro 9000 MKII.

I began my printing career with a smaller A4 machine and withing weeks I regreted not getting a A3 printer.

Yes I can see that there soon will be the need for the bigger size prints. I have no preference for either Epson or Canon, so which one do you recommend?

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Tapio

I love them both but think in your place I would go for the Canon as you refill the OEM tanks very easily. There is plenty of support for it from UK based providers.

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TapioH
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In reply to jtoolman, Jan 17, 2013

jtoolman wrote:

TapioH wrote:

jtoolman wrote:

TapioH wrote:

jtoolman wrote:

TapioH wrote:

jtoolman wrote:

TapioH wrote:

What is a good printer for making landscape images? And how cheap will still maintain good quality for a hobbyist? My budget is flexible and I don't have to buy just now.

I want to learn to control the image making process from start to finish. I shoot raw with decent dslr gear (over five years now), process with Capture NX2 and get mostly what I want on screen. But I know very little about photo printing and have used only printing services previously.

The amount of output will not be much -- in addition to smaller prints, perhaps some 100-150 a4/a3 (a3 is not a must) color prints a year, and possibly experiments with b&w, too.

___________
Tapio

I assume when you say Landscapes you mean the style of photography and not the orientation of the image right?

Yes, sorry for the confusion.

If you are just starting out, I would recommend the Canon PRO 9000 MKII. This is a $600 printer that can currently be purchased from as low as $80 and up through many a craglister or Ebayer.

That printer is 350 euros in Finland. I'm not aware of any additional local rebates. Still seems like a good price for a good printer.

Canon included this printer as part of a combo Camera / Printer deals with a nice rebate.

People took the deal and did not really need the printers thus the great deals out there.

The 9000 MKII is an 8 color dye based printer that produces gorgeous bright images on all many types of media. Later you can learn to refill and reset the same OEM carts for amazing savings.

Image Specialist inks sold through several 3rd party providers are out there as well.

Precission Colors has great support for this printer.

Later you can learn about Color Management and the use of Printer Profiles but first things first.

Thanks a lot for the suggestions.

_____________
Tapio

Sorry but I thought you were in the USA. These Discounts ere offered only here.

It is still a very good Photo printer to start with. Actually it is outstanding.

Yes, it is probably better than I really need. Do you know, if the ink consumption is at a reasonable level?

_____________
Tapio

I refill my PRO 9000MKII so it is not an issue, but if you are printing loots of A3 prints, you will go through a lot of ink. I've never really ran a controlled test to determine actual ink usage rate but you have to realize that getting into home photo printing will not be cheap. Another good beginner's printer is the Epson Artisan 1430. I do not know what the European model equivalent would be but it is also a very good. printer. Both will print up to A3.

That seems similar to Epson 1500W Stylus Photo in Europe.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Epson-1500W-Stylus-Photo-Printer/dp/B007ISNUUO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358455805&sr=8-1

It costs here the same as the Canon pro 9000 MKII.

I began my printing career with a smaller A4 machine and withing weeks I regreted not getting a A3 printer.

Yes I can see that there soon will be the need for the bigger size prints. I have no preference for either Epson or Canon, so which one do you recommend?

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Tapio

I love them both but think in your place I would go for the Canon as you refill the OEM tanks very easily. There is plenty of support for it from UK based providers.

Thanks for the recommendation!

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In same situation as you, happy with Epson R2880
In reply to TapioH, Jan 18, 2013

Print almost as much as you estimate, similar photography. The Epson R2880 has done an excellent job. As you anticipate, I learned color management after I bought the printer.

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Charles2 wrote:

Print almost as much as you estimate, similar photography. The Epson R2880 has done an excellent job. As you anticipate, I learned color management after I bought the printer.

You made a fine choice and it's good to hear it helped learning. Unfortunately, the R2880 costs 550 euros here, so I probably get something less expensive.

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My take on decent A3+ printer for landscapes - and other subjects.
In reply to TapioH, Jan 18, 2013

Regarding printers - I have been more than happy using the Epson 1400 - superb results in colour and B+W (see link in signature for more info) - it now has later model but substantially the same and should be easy to obtain and price was always inexpensive.  Plenty of refillable cartridges, CIS units and dye and pigment compatible inks of excellent quality (and of course, lower prices).

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Zone8 wrote:

Regarding printers - I have been more than happy using the Epson 1400 - superb results in colour and B+W (see link in signature for more info) - it now has later model but substantially the same and should be easy to obtain and price was always inexpensive. Plenty of refillable cartridges, CIS units and dye and pigment compatible inks of excellent quality (and of course, lower prices).

It seems that the current model is Epson Stylus Photo 1500W. I have to look at this more, because the Canon 9000 II and Epson 1500 cost the same.

You seem to have interesting information on your link, thanks. So is it easy to use pigment inks on a dye printer? Hope I got this right.

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