New printer

Discussion in 'The Digital Darkroom' started by haunteddoc, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. haunteddoc

    haunteddoc Member

    Well, my old printer is now so old that I am having trouble finding ink for it. So, I guess I need to replace it. Any recommendations on a photo printer or a multi-function printer, with fax, that does good photo printing?
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  2. Roger

    Roger Member Staff Member

    Ahh....jack of all trades but master of none.

    I have the 5610 from HP, it is printer/copier/scanner/fax. The cartridges don't cost too much as compared to the past, but for photos you have to switch out the black for a photo ink cartridge.

    But it's not my favorite for printing photos. I've had better in the past. It would probably be better to look at a photo dedicated style printer. But you won't have the fax.
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  3. gary

    gary Member

    just had my epson 785 exp die on me last week, had to really think hard about a replacement, in the end i went for the cheapest lexmark i could find, $49.95, prints text like a charm

    i don't print enough photos anymore to justify owning a photo quality printer, if not used regularly the nozzles clog, paper and inks cost stiff amounts

    bottom line: unless you print more than 60 8x10 a year, far cheaper to burn to cd and take to big box store kiosk
    i printed less than 10 last year, and for bigger archival quality it's available by mail at pretty competitive prices
  4. HW

    HW Member

    here is a site that reviews printers.

    I use a canon i9100 that is 3 years old and I sometimes dont print anything for several weeks and I have never had a clog problem. The i9100 has been replaced by the i9900 and now another model which I believe uses a new ink that is less prone to fading but I haven't had that problem either but that may be due to humidity and other problems in certain areas so your milage may vary there. I have 4 friends that own canon photo printers and they all rave about them. Tim has seen my prints at 11x14 and 12x18 but I will let him speak about that. I also use red river paper rather then canon paper as I find it has much more detail and better color. Anyway enough babling on my part and good luck in your search
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  5. jcvalenti

    jcvalenti Member

    I still use an HP Photosmart 7960 for my usual printing needs. I've looked a larger format "pro" type printers, but it just doesn't make economic sense given how few times I ever need to print greater than A4. For printing photos, this printer does what I believe is a very nice job. The newer model Photosmart printers incorporate multifunction technology, and would be worth a look. For instance, if you're a Costco guy, they carry a couple different "all-in-one" scanner/fax/printer Photosmart models at very reasonable prices. I personally would go with a Photosmart branded all in one over a deskjet, but probably because I'm just a sucker for branding - I just assume the Photosmart works better for photos. Going with Costco is nice because if you're even remotely dissatisfied, you can bring it back for a full refund for any reason whatsoever.

    You used to be able to return at any time - even years later ... though now I think they are limiting to returns to 90 days.
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  6. goofy101

    goofy101 Member

    Ive got a Canon ip4200 it great no clog great photos and the ink last for ages.

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