Professional Printers for Photographers
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 Stylus Pro 3880 Large-Format 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 one-inch wide print head employs automatic photo and matte black ink sharing to improve black ink density for various media types. The minimum ink droplet size is 3.5 picoliters.
The Epson 3880 accepts cut-sheet media up to 17” wide and features three ways to load paper: a front loading straight-through path capable of handling one sheet of media up to 1.5mm thick, a top-loading single-sheet feeder optimized for fine art paper, and a primary top-loading feeder with the capacity to hold many sheets of photographic media. The AccuPhoto HD2 Technology of the 3880 optimizes ink usage to maximize color gamut and produce smooth transitions and gradations.
Variations on the Stylus Pro 3880 include the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Color Inkjet Printer Designer Edition and the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Color Inkjet Printer Signature Worthy Edition.
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 Stylus Photo R3000 Color Inkjet Printer uses the UltraChrome K3 ink system with Vivid Magenta pigment-based ink, but has a 9-ink system with three blacks. Individual ink cartridges of 25.9 ml can be replaced as needed and the eight-channel MicroPiezo AMC print head delivers a maximum resolution of 5760 x 1440 dpi with variable-size ink droplets as small as 2 picoliters. With three media paths, the R3000 accepts media up to 13” wide, including canvas, fine art paper and other thick media through the front, roll paper as long as long as 44” through a second feeder, and up to 30 sheets of photographic paper from the auto feeder. The printer connects to your computer system via USB 2.0 and can connect to a network with Ethernet or 802.11n Wi-Fi.
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 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.
HiTi also offers a totally portable printer that weighs just 4.85 lb. The HiTi P110S PocketStudio Photo Printer Kit is designed for on-location printing and is able to run on its rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, printing up to 60 4 x 6” color photos on a single charge. The P110S is truly made for indoor and outdoor use, and with an optional bag, you can can carry it over your shoulder and change media and print photos while on the go. A 2.5” TFT LCD with graphical user interface makes operation easy, and its maximum resolution is 300 x 300 dpi. It can print one 4 x 6” color photo in 63 seconds.
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.
Finally, the DNP DS-SL10 Snaplab Portable Digital Photo System can print a 4 x 6” photo in 18.6 seconds and is able to print on dye-sublimation paper as large as 5 x 8”. A large, tiltable 8” touch-screen LCD provides viewing and interface operation, offering the ability to crop, rotate, color-correct and add text to your photos before printing. A computer is not necessary, as the printer will work directly from most memory card types or USB input. Input slots are conveniently located on the front of the printer and a slide basket holds the printed photos. Maximum resolution is 300 dpi, and printing in sepia and black-and-white is also possible. The DS-SL10 has a compact form and at only 24 lb can be easily brought to any event.
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