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#1 Lionfish43

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 08:15 AM

I've been researching the purchase of a new photo printer. The two printers that seem to be getting most of the attention on DPReview and other forums are the HP B9180 and the Epson R2400. Both of these seem like they would do what I want but I was wondering if anyone here has any experience with either one of these printes as it applies to our favorite subject: underwater photography.

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#2 LChan

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 08:31 AM

Larry.

I have the same question. Now that the HP is out, the choice is not so easy. I am waiting for my local photo store to get a HP so the comparisons can be made.

also, has anybody heard of a R2400 replacement? I'm sure Epson will come out with something soon.
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Posted 15 November 2006 - 08:59 AM

I spent lots of time on this already - Both HP and Epson are really durable and robust but I narrowed down my choices of the Epson R1800 and the R2400. Epson is more of a professional photographers printer and there are more profiles and much more sites with help and assistance, as most pros use Epson. So better information and help with the Epson in my opinon. Ok now the R1800 and the R2400. If your into mostly high glossy shiny color prints the 1800 is supposed to have an edge but most people can't really see the difference. The 1800 is cheaper. The R2400 does better black and white and matt finishes as it has an swithcable matte black ink. The R2400 also can use a art type papers as well. The small color advantage ofthe 1800 is not a reason to get this printer over the R2400. The r2400 does far more and does virtually the same color quality as the 1800. Cost is really the factor vs not printing b&W or using art papers. I picked up a brand new R2400 on Ebay for $650.00 a steal. It has been cranking out pic after pic for a few months now. I tested Illford and Epson papers and could not see any difference.
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Posted 15 November 2006 - 10:44 PM

Although I can't offer a comparison, I went the Epson way a few months back too, and am very satisfied with its performance so far.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:39 AM

I'm Epson all the way, and have been for the past 10 years. In a feqw weeks, Epson will be releasing there newest marvel, the 3800. It's worth taking a serious look at for several reason. First, it will only be $300-400 more than the 2400, but can print 17 x 37. This is what 's important to most people. It has has the same ink swapping technology as the 2400 in regards to being able to switch from photo/matte black and vice versa with only minimal waste. Finally. it is supposed to have a new droplet palcement technology which is supposed to smoke everything on the market, even there own pro wide formats.

Just something to check out.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 10:57 AM

I kinda figured that Epson was going to come out with something when I saw they had a price drop for the 2400 several months ago.

do you know if their printer will come out before xmas?
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 12:06 PM

I believe it's supposed to be out the first week of Dec. The only downfall that everyone is raising a stink about is no support for roll paper.

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 12:09 PM

the HP doesn't support it either.
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Posted 16 November 2006 - 05:45 PM

Just to make your choice harder yet:

The Cannon 9000 series is great

and

I am getting great turnaround and prices online (esp. Kodak)

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Posted 16 November 2006 - 09:26 PM

I recently got a Canon i9900 and really like it so far. Easy setup, seems to be good on ink usage (especially compared to my old HP 7150) and I like the prints as well as the speed that it prints. I got it from B&H for $425.

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Posted 17 November 2006 - 02:02 AM

I have the R2400 and like it a lot. Can't go wrong with this printer. I may buy the 3800 if it's as nice as it's supposed to be, but i'll wait to see what happens.

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Posted 17 November 2006 - 06:00 AM

I have a 2400 as well. Absolutely no regrets - it's one piece of kit that has exceeded my expectations. If you do get one, follow the quickstart guide for colour profiles, that Cor posted some time back here
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