P800 To-or-Not-To P900

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MHF in VA Junior Member • Posts: 47
P800 To-or-Not-To P900

Apologies if you're seeing this post here and on Raber's site, but I read both Printer and Printing forums.  I started printing 3 or 4 years ago with an Epson P800.  I'm all-in on the reward factor of seeing my image on paper, and I'm pretty sure that printing has made me a better photographer.

With other endeavors, I've always been a bit of a media freak, but with printing, the train has really left the tracks.  With all the options and associated results from all the papers available, I've built up quite an inventory.  But that's not what this post is about.  This post is about trying to justify not stepping up to the new printer.

I figured that similar to the Fujifilm camera bodies, I'd upgrade printers as technological improvements were in sync with my needs, wants or interests.  When rumors of the P900 emerged, I assumed that for me it would be a matter of when, not if.  Recently, I've rethought that idea.  Reasons include a) learning curve, b) valuable ink both in my P800 and on the shelf behind it, and c) importance of the upgrades, at least to me.

Learning Curve  For those of you who've taught yourselves to print, it's likely you vividly remember the many frustrations you needed to overcome.  The learning curve combined with idiosyncratic nature of each particular printer model can really try ones patience.

A few of my more memorable P800 nightmares were... battling the wireless connectivity, or rather, lack of wireless connectivity.  After far too much time on the phone with Epson, the Tech eventually said something like " Yeah, the wireless thing doesn't really work.  Just go with USB."  Man o man.  Then there were the paper feed issues, bent corners, and error codes related to events that simply were not occurring.  Errors for the roll feeder which not only wasn't installed, but I don't even own.  And so on.

The ever popular topic of Ink cartridges.  To avoid coming up short, I've developed the habit of buying a replacement for whatever cartridge I'm required to replace.  B&H makes this really easy with their free shipping.  The downside is that were I to jump to the P900, I'd give away or throw away $600-$900 worth of ink.  Uncomfortable thought.

Switching black inks is for many, annoying. I try to stay with one or the other for weeks at a time though, so it's not that big of a deal for me.

Upgrades  Next consideration has been the quality of the print itself.  This is a hard one.  Reminds me of the flatscreen purchase where in a side x side retail setting, it's possible to see significant and even minor improvements in image quality from set to set (and usually price point to price point) but on your wall at home, all you know is that the flat panel you bought looks great.  How hard of a peek do you really need to take in order to see the deeper blacks improvement from this new printer?

Finally - although I really like the look and size of the P900, that incremental form factor improvement just isn't meaningful enough to topple me over the edge.  At least until I potentially change my mind in a month or two.  mhf

 MHF in VA's gear list:MHF in VA's gear list
Fujifilm X-T2 Fujifilm X-T4 Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R +4 more
Nikon Coolpix P900
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