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September 11, 2006

Printing Photos

I've been kicking around the idea of picking up a serious Epson photo printer for quite a while now.

Having used the Stylus Photo 2200 today, I'm just that much closer to actually going out and doing it. Churned out a gorgeous 8x10 print with a very close match to the colors on screen (and that was only using the by-hand monitor calibration built into Mac OS X).

The question now is which printer.

At first blush, the R2400 (which directly replaces the 2200) is way too expensive to consider, at an MSRP of almost $900. Shop around and you can find it for around $790, but still.

Its little brother is the R1800, but it's so limited in comparison that the $300 you save doesn't really end up being worth it. Its bread and butter is glossies (I prefer pearl/lustre/matte), it's not designed for heavy black-and-white use (I dig B&W), and it can't accept thicker papers like the R2400 can (nice watercolor paper is fun).

The solution looks an awful lot like hitting the used market. Save some money, get a perfectly workable old model someone else has tired of... Hooray cheapskates!

Posted by Colin at September 11, 2006 5:52 PM

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