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MediaMike
05-09-2006, 12:50 AM
I would like to get a high quality photo printer.
I am looking at either the:
Epson Stylus Photo R800
http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/consumer/consDetail.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&oid=37472319

Or the Epson Stylus Photo R2400 <http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/consumer/consDetail.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&amp;oid=53540920>

I do not need to print at large sizes, so I was thinking of the 800. Is the quality of the 2400 much better than the 800?
Does the UltraChrome K3 on the 2400 make it worth getting over the 800?


Thanks!

Ray Schnoor
05-09-2006, 06:07 AM
Are the different inks the only reason you would choose the R2400 over the R800? If that is the case, I don't think that it is worth twice the cost. I think that the only advantage of the R2400 is if you actually print a lot of B&W images. I remember reading somewhere that B&W prints look better on the R2400. If you don't make a lot of B&W prints, I would go for the R800/R1800. I can't speak for the R800, but the R1800(13" wide format version of the R800) has given me excellent results.

Ray.

MediaMike
05-09-2006, 11:04 AM
The different inks are the primary reason. It would be nice to have the ability to print large, though, I am sure I will not be doing that very often.

I do not print much in B & W so if the quality of the color prints are about the same, then the 800 sounds like what I need.

Thanks!

erichlund
05-09-2006, 12:12 PM
The different inks are the primary reason. It would be nice to have the ability to print large, though, I am sure I will not be doing that very often.

I do not print much in B & W so if the quality of the color prints are about the same, then the 800 sounds like what I need.

Thanks!

I would say the primary difference has more to do with glossy vs non-glossy printing. The R800 and R1800 (what I have) printers are optimized for printing on glossy type papers. The gloss enhancer does a great job on these printers of solving the "bronzing" and ridged effects common on earlier printers. The R2400 inks are optimized for non-glossy printing that is more common in Pro and Art circles. If you stronly prefer non-glossy printing, then the R2400 is clearly the superior choice. On the other hand, if you do both, or prefer glossy prints, then the R800 (or 1800 for wide work) is the way to go.