Photo Printers Canon PIXMA Pro9000 and Epson Stylus Photo R1800


Well, its time to look at photo printers again, PC Mag has some good reviews:

* "Canon Pixma iP4300":,1895,2086327,00.asp. It is only $90-100 and is a good choice for a standard printer.

In terms 13x19" photos, I've used the Canon i9900 for years, so what's the updates to printers:

* "Canon PIXMA Pro9000 and Pro9500": and the 10-color PIXM Pro9500. The 9000 uses pigment based while the slightly lwer end Pro9000 users dye-based. The Pro9000 quality rivals film and the 8-color previous generatin i9900 was similarly high quality.They are also adding an 8x10" size (finally). It adds LEDs for each separate ink cartridge which is pretty cool. It nw uses smething called ChrmaLife100 which is said t last 100 years. The Pro9000 is good enough for every thing but monochromatic gallery reproductions, so good for most uses. One nice thing is that it can print on paper up to 1.2mm thick. It streets for about "$430":
* "Stylus Photo R1800": It can print up to 13x44" and is 8-color. Its ink reportedly lasts 200 years and 300 years on Premium Glossy Phot Paper when kept in photo albums. It also allows you to print in CDs and DVDs. It also has a street price of about $480. Most of the cost is of course in the cartridges. Because Epson is pigment-based, it isn't as vivid as the Canon Pro9000 and is best for printing on glssy and matte rather than on Fine Art media.

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