FLAAR Reports - Wide Format Printers

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FLAAR Reports - Wide Format Printers

FLAAR REPORTSPreview of Photo Wide Format Printer Series3ContentsWhich Large Format Inkjet Printers areoptimal for Photo Realistic Quality InkjetPrinting on Canvas, Photo Glossy, Satin,Matte, and other diverse Inkjet Media.We have eighteen inkjet printers at two universities.The lab manager at each universitycan select any printer in the studio. Noone bribes the lab manager to choose thatspecific printer. He simply selects the printerwhich produces exhibit-quality output quickly,efficiently, and at reasonable cost. Each labmanager has an Epson and an HP, right nextto each other (actually we have three Epsonprinters at Bowling Green State University).Yet both lab technicians, at each university,with no premeditated connivance (they are sobusy they don’t actually often communicatewith each other) they both tend to use onebrand most of the time, both for longevity andfor color gamut.AbstractHow are evaluations accomplished by FLAAR?Continuous Tone Printers vs Inkjet PrintersFuji PictographyEncad, compared with other brands for printing photographsEpson: A Reality CheckEpson 7000 and 9000Epson 7500 and 9500Epson 7600 and 9600EFI Fiery RIP with Epson 5000,7000, 7500,9000, or 9500Epson 10000Epson 10600No more hardware RIP for the Epson 10000 or 10600Recommendations for Epson PrintersSummary on Epson PrintersSpeed Claims with any PrintersInk costs for any printer that prefers its own proprietary ink andmediaRoland: Ups and DownsKodak 5260 for photo labs: another example of banding problemswith piezo printhead designWhat is Banding?Several Printer Designs Work specifically to reduce or avoidbandingMutoh Printers for Fine Art and Photo QualityNewest Mutoh, the Falcon II and Agfa GrandSherpaMimaki JV-4Hewlett-Packard: Ease of Use and ReliabilityHP 500 and 500psHP 800 and 800psHP 1050, 1055, and 1055+Some key Differences between HP and other PrintersColorSpan PrintersColorSpan Mach 12Canon BJ-W9000New Canon Printers, since Autumn 2002Used Printers?Desktop Printers for PhotosBlack and White PrintsColor LimitationsProfit PotentialLongevity RatingsDecision-making FactorsSummaryInkjet printers for portrait labsInkjet printers for photo murals, tradeshowgraphicsInkjet printers for dye sublimation and/or forprinting on textilesInkjet printers for signs, posters, bannersPricing and Where to Find what you NeedFollow-up ServiceTraining on actual Inkjet PrintersTraining Courses in input (digital photography)Glossary of TermsSources and Resources on the InternetWhy? One brand sucks ink by the gallon. The other brand uses less ink, and the ink seems more reasonablein price too.One printer leaves banding defects all across the picture. The other printer does that seldom.Before you buy what the ads lure you to believe is the cats meow, you might like to read this report. Hopefullywe know digital photography equipment; we have a $97,000 Cruse digital camera, two very costlyBetterLight scan backs, a Nikon D100, Foveon chip in a Sigma SD9, and several Nikon Cool-Pix models.We also print for the art department. They own an Epson printer, so why do their students and faculty cometo the FLAAR studio and use another brand of printer?

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