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Printer advice

Discussion in 'General Equipment Chat & Advice' started by Grierson, May 9, 2021.

  1. Grierson

    Grierson Well-Known Member

    Having recently returned to terrestrial picture taking rather than astronomy imaging I’m looking for an A3 printer to replace my ageing and expensive to run Epson R1900. I’m a bit out of touch these days with what the current ‘best buy’ is and I would welcome any recommendations. Budget is c. £500. Thanks - John
  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    The printer cost shrinks to nothing compared to ink costs. I think I paid £170 last week for a set of inks + 4 that were on the edge of empty. That was for a 12 year old Canon 10 colour pigment ink A3+ printer. For a dedicated photo-printer the options are Epson or Canon. Choice is between dye or pigment inks and how many colours you want. I expect when you key in your budget you won’t have more than 2 to consider. I chose mine on the basis of what the only shop on a directish tramline in Brussels stocked. I don’t recommend trying to carry one very far.
  3. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Cost per print likely to be greater for home printing (add in proofs/tests too) than using a specialist as and when required. Only reason I have a home printer is for documents etc. and the occasional postcard sized print.
  4. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Indeed - you have to print a lot (probably with a large format printer) for it to be cost effective.

    I print for the fun of it - I just like seeing the print appear. I run a networked 3 in 1 for documents which was work issue, I did 2 years of home office before I retired, and they were just going to chuck it so they let me keep it. It is an HP officejet Pro - it will chuck out 200 page reports duplex all day long.

    I quite fancy an A2 printer. Problem is that a) I don't take good enough pics to warrant its use* and b) £600+ for an ink refill is a bit much emotionally.

    *I don't take good enough pics to warrant the A3+ printer either.
  5. Grierson

    Grierson Well-Known Member

    I too very rarely print to A3 but surely it’s nice to have for that odd time you need it. And yes I know you could get the prints professionally done if needed but I prefer the DIY approach!
  6. beatnik69

    beatnik69 Well-Known Member

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