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  • Which A3 inkjet printer is better, Epson or Canon?

    Toying with the idea of getting an A3 photo inkjet printer after laying off for 1.5 years. My last printer was the Epson 2100.

    Which current inkjet printer produces the most realistic photos? Speed is not an issue.

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    Re: Which A3 inkjet printer is better, Epson or Canon?

    Originally posted by pete
    Toying with the idea of getting an A3 photo inkjet printer after laying off for 1.5 years. My last printer was the Epson 2100.

    Which current inkjet printer produces the most realistic photos? Speed is not an issue.
    If price is not an issue, then I suggest Epson R2400 which cost RM4,200 (I think).

    I have the Canon i9950 which is priced at RM2,900.

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      Re: Which A3 inkjet printer is better, Epson or Canon?

      How is the quality of your i9950? Can match Lab prints (using Fuji Frontier)?

      Originally posted by noordin
      If price is not an issue, then I suggest Epson R2400 which cost RM4,200 (I think).

      I have the Canon i9950 which is priced at RM2,900.

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        Re: Which A3 inkjet printer is better, Epson or Canon?

        Is HP completely out? Are they crap?

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          Re: Which A3 inkjet printer is better, Epson or Canon?

          Well, pete.... copied from my replied on another thread... :

          "
          Pete, I would suggest that you make a trip to Epson's Large Format Printer distributor... look at their printers and get some test prints if you can. A Epson 4800 would probably fit your use quite well. Heard good things about the HP Designjet 130 is quite nice, a self-calibrating printer but I am not sure if it's available in good old Malaysia.

          "

          Blog : www-stevenleong-com/blog

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            Re: Which A3 inkjet printer is better, Epson or Canon?

            My very first inkjet printer was HP. My previous companies also use HP for the laserjets etc.

            My personal impression (from years ago) is that HP has little to zero support for Mac users (which I am one). I am sure that HP would have woken up from its slumber by now and realise a lot of working pros are on Mac OS. But they have "lost" me forever for their lack of foresight.


            Originally posted by chinks
            Is HP completely out? Are they crap?

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            • #7
              Re: Which A3 inkjet printer is better, Epson or Canon?

              Thanks, tyler. The Epson 4800 looks huge. The R1800 might suit my needs better. Any idea where is their showroom? Maybe should head down there to check their prints.


              Originally posted by Tyler
              Well, pete.... copied from my replied on another thread... :

              "
              Pete, I would suggest that you make a trip to Epson's Large Format Printer distributor... look at their printers and get some test prints if you can. A Epson 4800 would probably fit your use quite well. Heard good things about the HP Designjet 130 is quite nice, a self-calibrating printer but I am not sure if it's available in good old Malaysia.

              "

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              • #8
                Re: Which A3 inkjet printer is better, Epson or Canon?

                u can head down to lowyat.. plaza.. there's a shop upstairs.. can't remember if they have the R1800 there..

                I know i saw one in cathay photo Marina Square though

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                • #9
                  Re: Which A3 inkjet printer is better, Epson or Canon?

                  Epson is good nowadays, canon seems to be over hyped IMO.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Which A3 inkjet printer is better, Epson or Canon?

                    i heard that canon will come out with something new to replace the Canon i9950
                    cuba tunggu la 1 ke 2 bulan lagi..

                    Thank You..

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                      Re: Which A3 inkjet printer is better, Epson or Canon?

                      Originally posted by pete
                      Thanks, tyler. The Epson 4800 looks huge. The R1800 might suit my needs better. Any idea where is their showroom? Maybe should head down there to check their prints.

                      this is one of the epson reseller office just open in KL
                      Build East Graphics (Johor) Sdn. Bhd. (Co.No. 553699-T)

                      26, Jalan Petaling Utama 9, Taman Petaling Utama,
                      Batu 7, Jalan Klang Lama, 46000 Petaling Jaya,
                      Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.

                      Tel: +603 - 7784 8240 Fax: +603 - 7784 8241

                      the map is attach below, look for mr.tan
                      www.PhotoDesk.com.my

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                      • #12
                        Re: Which A3 inkjet printer is better, Epson or Canon?

                        Basically, many thought buying a printer is a small investment. Yes if you buy an ordinary home printer that cost below 1K with only A4 size printable and cd printing. That one is ideal.

                        To buy an A3 printable printer, cheapest is not the solution. The thing you need to see is what will you going to use if for. Once you buy an A3 printable printer just pray that you won't ended up printing A4 size paper as well you buy a cheaper A4 printable printer.

                        Most of the A3 printable printer i saw not really serves it original function except you're a printing company. As a a designer, i also thinking of buying an A3 printable printer for myself as it might make my profit margin higher. Yes if you have adequate amount of printing job, if not it just still a piece of junk where you use it to printi your job resume.

                        Any brand of A3 printable printer is not cheap. The better the more money you need to spend. The larger it can print the more money you need to put. Some printer can cost around 20-30K for the injet printer but one always have to aware that printer technology obselete more faster than a computer. Today we see 2880 dpi, next year we see 3k or 4k dpi with a new technology. And we will see the cartages of ink changes and the price went high.

                        Most of the printer product only have a life span in economic low cost production for one year. After going above one year the cost might be higher as manufacture produce lesser ink to compensate for the new technology of ink cartages. So, better make sure you earn back your printer cost within one year and that will be good.

                        Most of the expensive printer as Epson Stylus Pro 10600 do have a economic life span more than 1 - 5 years. No doubt that it cost around 20-30K depend to your negotiation with the supplier. With out notice that the ink catriges price and can hike around 20-30 percent a year. So, one need a target selling point to earn back the printer and even get a nominal profit for yourself.

                        I do believe that this post a bit out of topic. Still i think it would be nice if i can supply some knowledge of my printing experience before anyone make a big investment on a large format printing which it is for personal or project perbasis use. I think one should be more careful with their investment that can be use for others important use. One also need to take account of the cost of maintainance which few people know how to fix it and most of the supplier earn a hell lot from there.

                        There are others that can be considers, but if you have the financial strength of buying a good printer, why not get the large format printer such as Pro 7800, 9800 or even 10600 for your big printing company. Why just limits only to A3 why not go all the way to A0. For me, i just stick to have a good relationship with the printing company so that they might give me a good price for printing without me having to worried about ink and maintainance.

                        Last, which back to the main topic. My experience tell me that Epson print are more better that canon in inkjet technology with a price tag.

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                          Re: Which A3 inkjet printer is better, Epson or Canon?

                          i am so bad with printers i just sent out to the pro labs to do the job
                          www.PhotoDesk.com.my

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                            Re: Which A3 inkjet printer is better, Epson or Canon?

                            Thanks, mac. The info will come in useful

                            Originally posted by mac
                            this is one of the epson reseller office just open in KL
                            Build East Graphics (Johor) Sdn. Bhd. (Co.No. 553699-T)

                            26, Jalan Petaling Utama 9, Taman Petaling Utama,
                            Batu 7, Jalan Klang Lama, 46000 Petaling Jaya,
                            Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.

                            Tel: +603 - 7784 8240 Fax: +603 - 7784 8241

                            the map is attach below, look for mr.tan

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                            • #15
                              Re: Which A3 inkjet printer is better, Epson or Canon?

                              Originally posted by pete
                              Thanks, tyler. The Epson 4800 looks huge. The R1800 might suit my needs better. Any idea where is their showroom? Maybe should head down there to check their prints.
                              Pete,

                              I have my reasons for recommending the 4800... it's wider than the 2400 has automatic sheet cutter... the R1800 is a consumer level printer that has neither the reliability nor the color accuracy as the professional range which starts from the 2400 upwards.

                              Anyway, if you really insist on something smaller, take the 2400 instead.

                              Invest on a good printer, pete... imagine selling prints to some client or showing your clients A3-size prints the same day as the shoot! Priceless, I tell ya!
                              Blog : www-stevenleong-com/blog

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