Professional Printers for Photographers: A B&H Buying Guide

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As a professional photographer, you have many options for printing the photos you shoot. The kind of printer you choose is based not only on the type of photos you make and who your clients are, but on how you want to present your work and what style of personal promotion interests you. As a wedding photographer, you might want to present acceptable work prints to your clients and have a lab handle the final prints, or you might want to invest in your own high-end printer and print your images.

Possibly, you’d like to bring a portable dye-sublimation printer with you to the reception and make sure all guests go home with a photo of themselves with the bride (with your website stamped on the back, of course). With the availability of affordable professional-quality printers, many with increasingly portable features, it is now easier than ever to print your own work, whether it be work prints, exhibition prints or high volume on-location printing. At B&H, there is a printer available to fit every need.

The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8400S 44" Large Format Printer is a high-quality printer with an array of professional features that is able to print on paper rolls and cut-sheet media as wide as 44". It is an eight-color inkjet printer with a maximum resolution of 2400 x 1200 dpi. Printing is possible on media as thick as 0.8mm. A new multi-sensor with built-in densitometer calibrates the printer, and the Color Calibration Management System can link the calibration targets for every printer in a system. The iPF8400 utilizes the LUCIA EX ink set, which offers pigment-based ink of vibrant, stable colors with smooth gradations, superb blacks and fine details.

It is also scratch resistant. Ink droplets have a minimum size of 4.0 pl, there are 2,560 nozzles per color and in highest print mode, the order of ink application and layering is optimized for high quality with fewer passes—meaning that overall printing time is reduced significantly. A Sub Ink Tank System keeps ink in reserve, so printing need not stop to change ink cartridges. With Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, 384MB of internal memory and a hard-disk capacity of 250GB, the iPF8400s can accommodate high-volume printing, and for further versatility, plug-ins for Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office and Digital Photo Professional are bundled with the printer.

Also designed to print up to 44” wide, the Epson Stylus Pro 9900 Printer offers a high level of performance and nuance for fine art applications. With a MicroPiezo TFP print head and an ink droplet size of 3.5 picoliters, fine art photos are produced with rich, detailed and accurate colors by Epson’s High Dynamic range pigment ink. The maximum resolution is 2880 x 1440 dpi. Ideal for black-and-white printing, the 9900 simultaneously utilizes Black, Light Black and Light Light Black inks to produce prints with smooth tonal gradations and contrast. Eleven ink cartridges are available in capacities of 150, 350 and 700 ml, and sizes can be mixed as well, to save money and minimize waste. Color prints on Epson Professional Media are rated stable for up to 200 years (black-and-white prints last even longer). Two- or three-inch core rolls of paper can be switched easily because no spindle is used. This increases flexibility and, again, eliminates waste.

For the professional photographer who needs a tabletop printer that can provide the sharpest details and most accurate colors and often on large pieces of paper, we have numerous options. For example, the Epson SureColor P800 Inkjet Printer offers a maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi, and with its advanced MicroPiezo AMC print head, produces gallery-quality color and black-and-white prints up to 17 x 22". The printer’s nine-ink set delivers a bold range of colors, and its print head will automatically switch between photo and matte black ink to improve black ink density for various media types. An Advanced Black & White Mode is also available for neutral and custom toning of your monochrome imagery. The minimum ink droplet size is 3.5 picoliters.

The Epson P800 accepts cut-sheet media up to 17" wide and features three ways to load paper as well as an optional roll media adapter for canvas and paper rolls from 13 to 17". In addition to USB 2.0 and Ethernet, the printer offers Wi-Fi connectivity for wireless printing from mobile devices. 

The Canon PIXMA PRO-1 Color Inkjet Photo Printer features a maximum resolution of 4800 x 2400 dpi and accepts media from 4 x 6" to 13 x 19". It's specially designed for professional photographers who need high-quality output. A rear paper input tray accepts up to 20 sheets of photo paper, and thicker papers can be manually fed. The print head on the PIXMA PRO-1 has 12,288 nozzles which improves color gamut and overall print speed. And because the inks are housed on the side of the print head, their tanks are larger and hold more ink. The 12 pigment-based ink system from the LUCIA family includes five monochrome inks for expanding the dynamic range in dark areas: Matte Black, Photo Black, Dark Gray, Gray and Light Gray. In addition to these monochromes, the printer utilizes Cyan, Photo Cyan, Magenta, Photo Magenta, Yellow, Red, and the special Chroma Optimizer, which provides a clear coat, enhancing the uniform glossiness of the paper and maintaining true color fidelity. It is also capable of printing directly to CDs or DVDs and via an Ethernet connection, USB 2.0 port, or PictBridge port, the PIXMA PRO-1 is compatible with a wide variety of devices.

The Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Color Inkjet Wireless Photo Printer offers Wi-Fi, Ethernet and PictBridge connectivity and 4800 x 2400 dpi resolution for its max output of 13 x 19" media. Of its eight ink cartridges, three are monochrome (black, gray and light gray) for professional-quality prints. An 8 x 10" print can be completed in approximately 51 seconds and, utilizing the Optimum Image Generating (OIG) system from the PIXMA PRO-1 model, the printer analyzes various image attributes—including color reproduction, tonal gradations, black density, low graininess, glossiness, anti-bronzing and anti-metamerism—to produce the best results for each print mode and paper type.

The Epson PM225 PictureMate Charm Compact Photo Printer offers computer-free printing of 4 x 6” borderless photos. It can print a photo with a maximum resolution of 5760 x 1440 dpi in 37 seconds. Slots for most types of memory cards are available and PictBridge interface allows you to print directly from compatible digital cameras. Onboard photo editing allows you to edit your images in the printer as well as crop, enhance and remove red-eye. A 2.5” LCD displays the photos as they will be printed. Various templates, including proof sheet and wallet prints, offer versatility, and a built-in handle and optional battery pack make the PictureMate Charm the ideal printer for event photographers.

Dye-Sublimation Printers

Dye-sublimation printers are the kind we are familiar with from most standard photo labs that print up our pack of 4 x 6" prints. They work by applying a ribbon of colored dye to a medium, usually a roll of photo paper. By heating a panel of color on the ribbon, the dye is vaporized and diffuses on the paper. Varying the temperature of the heating process will allow more or less dye to transfer to the paper, thus creating your image. This process is repeated for three colors and then a lamination is heated on the top to stabilize the colors and protect the final print. Even though we are used to seeing giant printers in photo labs do this, dye-sublimation printers can be portable as well.

The DNP DS-RX1 Dye-Sub Color Photo Printer is a portable event-photography printer that can produce 700 4 x 6" photos in a single run at just 14.9 seconds per print. It’s able to print either matte or glossy photos from 2 x 6" up to 6 x 8" at a maximum of 300 dpi. An efficient, fast machine, it is ideal for photo booths as well as events.

For those looking to print a bit larger, DNP's DS80 Digital Photo Printer can output prints up to 8 x 12" in just 35 seconds, as well as smaller print sizes down to 4 x 8". While not quite as portable as the DS-RX1, this bigger brother weighs about 30 lb and measures 14.4" on its longest side, so it would not be unheard of to use as a printing station at the wedding reception.

For more information, stop by the B&H SuperStore in New York, speak with a sales professional on the telephone, at 1-800-606-6969 or contact us online via Live Chat.

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Epson Stylus Pro 4900 ?

I am planning to start an photo printing business through an iPhone app where users upload their photos from their iPhone and I print the photo for them.

Can someone kindly guide me to what might be the best printer available for the job with quality images and a good printing speed. The maximum picture size i print is 11" X14" and small picture as small as 3" x 3" .

Thank you for this great article.

Hi Ibrahim AbdulSo finally which printer you bought for your printing purpose?? -mayank

I need a price on the Canon image PROGRAF iPF8400S 44" Wide-Format Network Color Inkjet Printer.

Thanks

The B&H site is live with prices and stock.  You can find the price for the Canon image PROGRAF iPF8400S 44" Wide-Format Network Color Inkjet Printer listed on the printer’s page on our site.

Gee whiz...
you create the article site to draw potential customers. . .
One comes knocking and you send the person to the open store
to hunt for themselves - the least you should do to maintain the
contact you sought in the first place would be to provide the
link to the price of the item requested, no. . .?

Don't you think the person might leave your virtual store
and never come back...?

smh. . .   (sigh)

We're very sorry you felt we were ignoring you or your business. In our response "Canon image PROGRAF iPF8400S 44" Wide-Format Network Color Inkjet Printer" is a hyper link to the printer product web page on our retail site. The reason we do not post cost in responses is pricing, promotions and other incentives are subject to change and when they did, we would no way of tracking down past responses to update our answers. I hope you understand and please be aware we value our customers and their business. Thank you for calling us to task (in my opinion, the hyper link colors should be more noticeable) on this and keeping us on our toes. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

C h u c k   C a p r i o l a
Live Chat and E-Mail Sales Manager / B&H Photo-Video
Thank you for choosing B&H

man...

boring us all. if you are interested enough, follow the link.

Nice post.

It is extermly hard to find a printer that will support custom stock sizes (something like 104 x 74mm), its a shame it dosn't cover it in this post. 

please send only for colour photo printers prices and all types of printers

We have a wide selection of printers all of which print in full color.

To see our complete printer listing:

Anyone still using - AZON DEAL SHOPPER (just google it)? I haven't been able to see that gold box that gives you a list of any discount code for printer scanners. I save big everytime that I use this box, it's incredible.

Hi,

I am just enquiring about mobile digital printers for events I cover. However, I would like a very high quality and wonder what cost something like this would be? Also, easy to use and setup? How many images would I get before I need new ink and is the inkavailailable world wide?

Thankyou

Colette

This will depend on the printer itself. If you email askbh@bhphoto.com we can offer some recommendations and answer all questions on the product we agree on.

Great review! 

Men... am looking for small printer with small money.

For a recommendation on a photo printer, I would suggest sending us an email with the following information: how small of a printer are you looking for; what is the largest size print you will be making; and what budget are you looking in.  Any additional information you would like to provide, such as how you will be using the printer, would also be helpful.  askbh@bandh.com

Best small printer is Epson XP-810 under 100.00 on sale and up to 8 x 12 prints. Prints envelopes, heavy paper, light cardboard, note paper  and a variety of photo papers. Epson does inform you that Epson photo papers work the best with the XP-810 but other high end papers do just a well. Purchase a sample package to run your testing on before you commit to one paper. Fantastic colors, detailed and ink can be purchare online or in high end stores.  Prints are dry when they come out of the unit! Takes 5- 273 regular cartridge or 273XL extra capacity cartridge under $20.00 each. Colors are 2 blacks, magenta, cyan and yellow. Do not mix ink cartridges or place them in the wrong slot in the unit.  Best rated unit for photographs on the market in the small class.  

So much to choose from! I've never had much luck with printers so I may well have to try one of these! 

Try an Epson XP-810, you will be amazed of what this unit can do. Under $100.00 on sale. Hook up to a computer, wifi or stand alone printing- up to 8 x 12 prints dry upon coming out of unit. On unit screen and lots of options to print on photo paper, heavy paper, light cardboard, envelopes and note paper. Does well with high end photo papers too. Inks can be purchased online or in stores. Takes 273 or 273XL catridges and 5 cartridges in all ( 2 blacks, 1 yellow, 1 magenta, 1 cyan). Do not mix ink cartridge sizes. Only replace inks that are completely out as unit will inform you or if connected to your computer, will alert you to ink cartridge running low. Images are sharp/detailed and ready to frame. Excellent customer service as well.So, good luck and good printing!

im trying to find the best laser printer do print off my own photographs, cards and calenders.

 i sell my photos in a local store, and as much as i would like to help out the local print shops, i would like to do it at home.

 what would be the best printer for me.

i mostly take landscape pictures, sunsets, trees, lakes, cliffs...you name it.

if you can email me back that would be great.

thankyou

steph

For this, your best bet would be to send us an email.  In the email, along with the information you have already provided, you would want to include the maximum size prints you would like to make, and with what your budget is (roughly).  We would then be able to make a recommendation or two to fit your needs.  askbh@bandh.com

Developing a small business for photo and printing shop.  

Contact Epson Directly, they will assist you with your needs and questions. You maybe able to rent units before you purchase them to test each one out for yourself, It won't cost you anything to ask. The sales people are there to make sales/commissions and will bend over backwards for you. Epson line of printers are the best and reasonablely price. At the high end you could go with Brother printers but they do cost... Some say Canon printers are good... Everyone sells Canon and inks are always on sale everywhere but I don't like the quality of ink or the way they print out, and customer service gets a fair rating. Be your own judge, buy one of each and compare or review comments from other owners. Good luck with your business.

Developing a small business for photo and printing shop.  

Why does this site not print out certain words, they conform to the format, is there a word problem?  This information helps those of us that reads the comments each person has taken time to print out. Thank you 

Commenting on Harry R. Fritz - Developing a small business for photo and printing, one word failed to print out " needs" instead what print was *****.

I need a price on the Canon image PROGRAF iPF8400S 44" Wide-Format Network Color Inkjet Printer.

Thanks

As of January 28, 2015, our website currently indicates the  (B&H # CAIPF8400S) is priced at $4,745.25.  Our website is always live with our stock and current pricing. Please add the items to your shopping cart to determine the shipping costs, shipping options and shipping duration. 

please let me know if you have sales on these items.

Since we do not have a system set up for customers to requests alerts for sales or promotional pricing on a particular item, your best option is to check our website periodically, and also sign up for B&H news and special offers at the bottom of our web page.

where can i gert one of these printers to buty in ghana 

which dye sub printer is th most economical for event photography and great pictures. I have the Nikon d7100 

Hi,

Great article. But it's all so confusing. I am wanting to creat my own prints for my newborn photography business, this may include canvas prints too. Can you please recommend to me a printer, or two (just to narrow the options down) that would best suit?

Many thanks,

I would recommend the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 printer. It can print from 3.5x5" up to 17x22" It has museum-quality archicival printing capability, a wide color gamut for excellent color reproduction and produces excellent black and white imagery. Its back feeder is designed for thicker media, like canvas and other fine art paper. Its large ink tanks (80 mil each) will save you up to 30% on ink costs, compared to the 13x19" printers with similar quality.

Are there any professional photo printers that can be hooked up to a network?  I am a high school photography teacher and I have a lab with 20 computers.  I have been using Epson R2880 printers but we have to orchestrate the printing since they are not meant to be networked.  If 2 prints are sent at the same, they fail to print!

Thanks for reading Rachel. Scott, a resident expert, suggests the Epson R2000. Please see link below.

John

 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/767177-REG/Epson_C11CB35201_Stylus_Photo_R2000_Ink.html

The Epson SureColor P600 is the newest  generation of Epson 13 inch wide format professional printers. It replaced the R3000, which in turn replaced the R2880. It does have a 100Base-T Ethernet interface to connect to a network. It also has auto-switching black ink technology,  which allows for swapping between matte and photo black ink cartridges, without having to physically switch them out, for greater productivity. The ink tanks also have double the capacity of inks than the R2880, so you would not have to replace them as often.

Another option would be the Epson SureColor P-800. This is replacing the Epson 3880. It is a 17 inch wide format printer that has the same color gamut and print quality as the P600. It also employs auto-switching black ink technology. It has  a 100Base-T Ethernet interface to connect to a network.  Its larger 80 mil ink tanks will equate to approximately a 30% savings in per-print costs over the R2880 and P600 printers.

Interesting your write an article on a printer that is discontinued

Epson 3880

Thanks Jesse. As I'm sure you know, lines of equipment get upgraded and then the older models are discontinued. This often happens after an article has been written. Thanks for your input however, it helps us all be better.