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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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I currently use the Epson R2400, and it works just fine for my current needs.  However, although I can print beautiful 13" x 19" prints, I would like to prints double that size, or somewhere very close to double.  Could you recommend a printer for me that produces the same quality as the R2400, but on a larger canvas?

I had a Canon Pixma Pro9000. I had invested in a set of refillable cartridges and 2 sets of bottles of Lyson archival inks from Marrutt, then, a new printhead, after which the thing finally died. 

I was pretty happy with the print quality and size and media that it would print on, and am looking to replace it. Both Canon and Epson have printers with ink tanks, but none seem geared to the art community. 

What's your best suggestion for where to go next? I've exchanged emails with a Canon sales rep, telling them exactly what I want. I was basically told: Don't hold your breath.  

Thanks!

First, the use of CIS (Continuous Ink Systems) is not recommended. Especially on the higher end  prosumer/pro printers (8-Color to 12-Color pigment ink-jet printers). Using CIS also will void any warranty on the printer. And if not used very frequently (as in multiple times per week), you will experience serious clogging issues. You will have a hard time finding ICC profiles (better off creating your own custom profiles). And finally, CIS often affects the printer’s lifespan negatively. Canon’s Pixma Pro9000 Mark II printer had been a popular choice for photographers that wanted to print with dye inks (rather than pigments) with rich color and good print life. As part of the line of updates to their desktop printer line up, Canon replaced this printer with the Pixma Pro-100. Based on the top of the line Pixma Pro-1, this is a 13x19 printer that uses Canon’s ChromaLife 100+ inks. In a change from the original model, the Pro 100 uses three blacks - black, gray, and light gray, for better black and white printing. Other new features include the same image optimization technology found in the Pro-1 printer, a new Print Studio Pro plug-in for better printing directly from Photoshop and Digital Image Pro, support for printing on CD/DVD printable discs, and AirPrint for wireless printing from iOS devices as well as WiFi. As for other options, on the Canon line you have the Pro 10 and the Pro 1. The PIXMA Pro-10 sits in the middle of the  three 13 inch wide Canon’s that were released at the same time as the Pro 100. Designed primarily for photo enthusiasts, it uses the same Lucia inks as the higher-specified Pixma Pro 1, but with one grey tank instead of the Pro-1's three grey inks. Lucia inks are pigment, as oppose to the ChromaLife dye inks (dye-based ink sets exhibit excellent color gamut, pigment inks excel in permanence. The particulate nature of pigment inks ensures their archival superiority. A particle of pigment is less susceptible to destructive environmental elements than a dye molecule). The ink tank capacity is similar to the Pro 100’s at around 14 ml. There is support for ICC profiles not only for Canon papers but also third party papers from Ilford, Hahnemuhle, Canson and Moab. The Pixma Pro 1 is the most “sophisticated of the 3 models. With a capacity of approximately 35 ml, each ink tank in the Pro-1 holds 2.5x more ink than the Pro 10 and Pro 1 models. A total of 12 ink cartridges: Yellow, Photo Cyan, Cyan, Photo Magenta, Magenta, Red, Light Grey, Grey, Dark Grey, Matte Black and Photo Black plus a new 'Chroma Optimiser'.for correcting matamerism ( the phenomenon wherein two colored samples will appear to be of the same shade under one light source but will appear to be different shades under a second source.) Chroma optimizer reduces metamerism on coated papers and reduces the difference in ink droplet height to ensure a smooth ink layer, evenly reflected light, deep blacks, and saturated colors. The Pro-1 provides plenty of advance warning when ink tanks are running low. You should be able to produce at least 20 A3 prints before a tank is depleted. It will also keep running until there isn't enough ink left to make a print of the specified size before requiring you to replace a tank. The PIXMA Pro-10 is a competent performer that can produce very nice-looking prints in both color and monochrome. It’s Epson equivalent is the SureColor P400. The P-400 uses 8 UltraChrome HG2 pigment inks. This updated inkset incorporates new red and orange inks as well as a Gloss Optimizer to reduce metamerism. The complement of pigments comprises cyan, magenta, yellow, red, orange, photo black, and matte black ink in addition to the Gloss Optimizer. It is a shift towards warmer colors and away from a broader array of monochromatic inks. Major difference is droplet size is 1.5 picoliter vs 4 picos on the Pro 10 (Note: more inks/colors do not equate to better quality color. That is the job of the driver , the program you are using to print and some paper specific parameter file - an icc-profile - to put the right mix of inks onto the paper). The Pro 1’s closest competitor on the Epson SureColor series is the P600.  The P600 offers a nine-color pigment-ink formulation (UltraChrome HD), high-capacity ink cartridges, roll paper printing, a paper feed designed for thick fine art media, and a dedicated black and white (B&W) printing mode alongside conveniences like a tilting touchscreen control panel and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity to go along with its wired Ethernet and USB ports. If you’re after the convenience and high degree of control that printing at home offers, you’ll appreciate the outstanding quality, print longevity, and nearly limitless paper choices that the P600 offers. Both the P-400 and P-600 come with a roll adapter that allows you to print up to 13 inches x 129 inches. The Canons do not have this option.

Hi,

I am an Oil Painter.  I go on photo shoots with my Nikon D3 camera that are organized for Western artists, and print images on my Canon Pro9000 Mark 11 printer for my Realist paintings.   The difference of what I see on my monitor and the printed image is frustrating.  The colors are garish and the detail is greatly lacking.  I use my printed images for my references as I paint.  I might even like to make smaller prints of my paintings for sale, although I do have large Giclees made at a printshop.  I have $1000. plus to spend on a good printer.  I have made a list of some printers that have high ratings such as: PROGRAF PRO 1000, PIXMA PRO 1, EPSON SURE COLOR P-800, STYLUS PRO 3880, and the DESIGN JET T120 eprinter- Perhaps you like something other than these for my needs.  Can you advise me on the best choice for my needs please?  

If you do not calibrate your monitor, you will not get a good monitor/print match no matter what printer you buy.  There are a number of calibration devices availabe.

To ensure glicee-quality printing with the best color accuracy is a 2-step process. First you need a printer capable of glicee quality prints. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The gliclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.

 Gliclee prints are created typically using professional 8-Color to 12-Color pigment ink-jet printers. Among the manufacturers of these printers are vanguards such as Epson, Canon & Hewlett-Packard. These modern technology printers are capable of producing incredibly detailed prints for both the fine art and photographic markets. These are printed on archival paper which, by definition, are acid-free, lignin-free, buffered with calcium carbonate, and have a pH between 7.5 and 9.0.  And they now come in different textures, weight, thickness and surfaces.

Out of your list of printers, the Stylus Pro 3880 has been replaced by the SureColor P-800. The DesignJet T120 is designed for scientific renderings, autoCAD, blueprints and similarly type prints. It is also restricted in print media compatibility. For instance, you are limited to media no thicker than 11.5 mil thick. The 2 best options are the SureColor P-800 and the Canon Pro 1. Major differences are the roll paper adapter option ion the P-800, allowing you to print up to 129 inches in length, Canon’s firmware won’t allow you to print anything longer than 23+ inches. You can check out reviews and opinions right here in the Q?A ofr this article. I have written extensively on these two models and their similarities and differences. One common remark I have seen with online reviews and various print forums is the Epson prints more accurately color renderings based from the excellent paper ICC profiles that they provide, and from third party paper ICC profiles that the manufacturer provides for the P-800.

For achieving the best color accuracy and  reducing your image editing time and at the same time improving quality in your Raw or JPEG workflow, start with the ColorChecker Passport Photo. You can easily capture accurate color, instantly enhance portraits and landscapes, and maintain color control and consistency from capture to edit. It’s also an ideal visual reference.   ColorChecker Passport Photo was developed with the DNG workflow in mind. Quickly and easily create custom camera profiles with the included Adobe Lightroom plug-in  for generating customized DNG profiles quickly and easily for Adobe Imaging solutions, such as Lightroom, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Camera Raw (ACR) and Adobe Bridge.Or you can use the X-Rite standalone software. Using advanced profiling technology, the ColorChecker camera calibration software delivers excellent results even in the most unusual lighting conditions. For creating a custom monitor profile, the i1Display Pro incorporates technologically advanced filter and optical systems, amazingly fast measurement speed, and unrivaled color accuracy on all modern display technologies.  It’s also spectrally calibrated, which makes it field upgradeable to support future display technologies, The ergonomic design incorporates three functions – ambient light measurement, monitor profiling, and projector profiling. The included i1Profiler software for calibrating and profiling all modern display and projector technologies including LED & Wide Gamut LCDs. Advanced user-defined controls support more sophisticated workflows. We are currently bundling the 2 together.

hi im looking for printer that i can use for printing on canvas 

True canvas is a thicker and heavier media than typical inkjet paper. They start at around 18mil and 350gsm, therefor a regular consumer-grade printer is unable to handle this without causing permanent damage.

You will need a printer that supports the heavier media. These are the printers that have a straight paper feed that is located on the back of the printer. The ones that have this option are the 13 inch wide and larger Epson and Canon printers. The least expensive model is the Canon Pro 100. It is the only dye ink printer with this option. The other 13 inch wide printers use pigment ink, which is considered archival. are the Canon Pro 10 and Pro 1, and the Epson SureColor P400 and P600 printers. All of the 17 inch wide Canon and Epson printers ( Canon Pro 1000, Epson SureColor P800 and the newly released SureColor P5000) and larger formats will print on canvas. Out of the listed printers here, only the Epsons will print on roll paper.

Having the ability to print on roll paper will increase your canvas choices significantly since the majority of canvas come in a roll format.

Hi I would like to take pictures of people coming off of cruise ship and be able to print right away. Also want quality pictures and be able to use wi -fi Or cordless printers.Any suggestion.

You could look at the HiTi P310W ID Photo Printer.  It would be an inexpensive, yet solid option to fit your stated needs.  AskPhoto@bhphoto.com

which printer wiuld you recommend for the best  13x19 fine art photography prints.

i print irregulaiarly and there may a month when i do not print Which model from epsom or canon can work under these conditions without the nossels becoming clogged  

michael

You might look at the Canon Pro 1000.  It prints slightly larger than you are looking for, but is built that it can sit for months on end without printing without the nozzles getting clogged or the ink drying out.

Hi I'm a keen photographer part of a club looking to print my own images to a decent quality for competitions. Could you suggest a decent printer with a not so high price tag please? 

There are a few options available. In order to recommend the best printer that is specific for your needs, please send an email to: printersandscanners@bhphoto.com so that I or another staff member can ask you more specific questions.

Hi, 

I am working on my family tree and I am looking for a scanner and printer that can give me good quality prints from old pictures. I would like to be able to make copies for family members.

  • For home use, the Epson V600 is our most popular flatbed , and the one I recommend for  scanning family photos. It includes Digital ICE for prints. Digital ICE Technology removes the appearance of dust and scratches from film, plus tears and creases from damaged photos. It also includes One Touch Photo Restoration, which restores faded and yellowed photos. And also includes ArcSoft PhotoStudio which is a photo editing software.
  • For printing, I would recommend the Epson SureColor P400 printer. It is 13” wide aqueous pigment ink printer. This is important if you want these prints to be passed down from generation to generation. Use acid-free inkjet paper and you will have a museum quality archival print. The 13" wide-format SureColor P400 photo printer features UltraChrome® HG2 Ink for unprecedented print quality. This remarkable 8-color pigment ink set includes Red and Orange inks for vibrant, true-to-life color. Dedicated channels for both Matte and Photo Black inks provide deep blacks on matte, fine art and photo papers. Unique Gloss Optimizer chemistry gives photographs a smooth, professional-lab look and feel. High-capacity, individual 14 mL ink cartridges offer the freedom to print 

Hi

I am getting into portrait photography and contemplating a good quality professional printer. Since I am in initial stages may not have much load to keep the printer busy . Would the printers discussed below both canon and epson require a daily usage of few minutes to keep them on the go or would behave the same say if there's a gap of 8-10 days between each print. Would there be smudging or a test print needs to be taken after such interval ?

Kindly advice 

Mohan

Hi

I am basically a wedding photographer, i need a professional advice on the Best kind of printer to use that can give me the quality of print of a GQ magazine because i want to print & make photo books. Also what type of paper can be best used for it. Thanks

Professional/Fine Art  photographers who show and/or sell their work, either to galleries, exhibitions or to clients expecting the prints to last and be pass down from generation to generation, have a responsibility of producing museum-quality archival prints, also known as glicee. Glicee Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The glicee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction. Glicee prints are created typically using professional 8-Color to 12-Color ink-jet printers. For low to medium duty cycles, the larger 17 inch wide printers and up are the most cost-effective and due to their larger ink tank capacities, the price-per-ink droplet can be anywhere from 30-60% cheaper than the 13 inch archival printers. The 2 best in the 17 inch size are the Epson SureColor P-800 and the  Canon Image ProGraf Pro 1000. Both have 80 mil tanks and are priced at around $55 per tank.  Major difference is the ability to print on 2” and  3” core, 17 inch wide roll paper (P-800) with the Roll adapter (sold separately). So the largest print size is 17x129” (even more with an appropriate RIP). With the newly designed MicroPiezzo AMC print head technology and the latest Epson UltraChrome HD Inks, which include 4 monochrome the P-800 will deliver vivid color, superior black density and significantly improved print longevity. Canon Pro 1000 uses 11 pigment-based Lucia Pro ink tanks which like the P-800 include 4 monochrome inks and a chroma Optimizer. Largest print size is 17x23.39 inches (yes this is correct. It I not 23.4 or 23.5 inches. It is 23.39 inches). When run through extensive testing with a gamut torture test, both printers are about equal. For paper, you will want fine art archival inkjet paper. They come in a variety of types, sizes, textures and thickness. Both the Pro 1000 and P-800 are compatible with thicker media paper. We carry a wide variety of acid free papers to choose from. A good way to test some of these papers out is by the Sampler Packs we carry from some of the manufacturers. You can find them here.

Hahnemuhle has book-making accessories from uniform grain directional paper, also  they have album covers and paper for the albums to media kits.

Hi Steven,

I am looking for a printer to mainly print pretty basic images/fonts to be inserted into blank coasters keyrings etc. What would you suggest to be the best one?

Thank you for your time

Hi! I am looking to buy a printer mainly to print A3 sized images, both for personal and commercial usage. Dye or pigment both work for me, I am also not too concerned about the longevity. 20 years is more than enough. But what's very important is the cost/print. I liked the Canon Pixma Pro 100 but it's cost/print is very high, much more than online printers. I was wondering which printer would be perfect for my needs. Would love to hear your expert take on this.

You would need a printer capable of 13 X 19 for A3 sized images.  So, Dye Sub would not be an option, at least not from the printers B&H carries (or that I am aware of on the market).  Of the inkjet options, the Canon Pixma Pro 100 would likely have one of the lower costs per print.

thanks  you vercy much i am into teaching of photpgraphic sciene intend toopen a colured photo lab in theschool whereiam teaching kindly send your quotation based on each type of yourprinter and let me se what i can within few days to raise the money

For price quotes, you will need to contact our Sales Department directly. 

SALES

800.606.6969 or 212.444.6615

sales@bhphotovideo.com

If you prefer to email, you would want to include the full billing/shipping address.

I am opening up an online store to sell original art prints. What printer would you suggest for printing prints up to A3 size, good archival quality, on art papers and prints well both colour and in black and white. Reading through your article Epson Surecolour P800 seems like the one to go with?

The Epson SureColor P-800 is an excellent choice for printing museum quality archival fine art and photography. With the optional roll media adapter, which accepts 17 inch wide rolls up to 100 feet and both  2 or 3 inch cores, you can expand your print size options. The 80ml ink tanks are about 30% cheaper per droplet compared to the 13 inch wide fine art printers.

If you are expecting a decent amount of volume printing, the Epson 4900, which is also 17 inches wide,  has a more robust engine designed  to handle higher volume printing, accepts roll paper any width up to 17 inches, and uses 200ml ink tanks. So you would save even more on ink ($87 for 200ml cartridge vs $58 for 80ml). It also has two extra colors, green and orange. These 2 colors help expand the Adobe RGB color space for printing.

Great article, thanks.

I am more of an enthusiast/hobbiest photographer who would like to print my own work. On varying size papers. I like the idea of the 19" wide and optional roll format. I'm not sure that 13" wide is quite wide enough? The intent is to frame and hang. Also would like to print photobook style work. The Epson range appeals to me, however, open to suggestion. Just a little confused as to which way to go, especially as the P400 is so much cheaper then the P800. For me quality does matter, as these will be display pieces. Hope that's not too vague for you to gauge a response.

The Epson SureColor P-800 is a 17" wide printer with an optional roll adapter. You can print any size from 3.5x5 inches up to 17 inch wide banners. it's archival quality printing is perfect for framing, archiving and preserving. 

The SureColor P-400 is a 13 inch wide printer. The P800 has three black inks for better graduations in both black and white and also in color. It also uses some vivid inks for increased gamut. It has cartridges with nearly 5 times the capacity of the P400, which invariably means lower inks costs when using OEM ink.The P400 only uses six inks plus gloss optimizer. If you are primarily printing on RC and baryta papers, then this is an advantage - gloss differential will be minimized (the difference between the gloss of the inks and the gloss of the paper). Without the glop, the ink can be too glossy for some photomatte, semi-matte, lustre, silk, satin papers; or not glossy enough for high gloss papers. Ink gloss is generally formulated for somewhere in between photomatte and full gloss.Gloss differential is not a problem on fine art papers. Even if photo black was used on fine art papers, the result would still be matte. The matte black is used to increase the Dmax on true matte papers - make the blacks blacker than a photo black ink can achieve.

This discussion addresses print quality on the Epson 9900 Stylus Pro, which is excellent. Not so excellent is that Epson no longer services its printers but subcontracts to a 3rd party. My printer head failed one day and cannot be recovered. The 3rd party service contractor wants airfare, rental car, $100 for "shipping", $175/hour with a 1-hour minimum etc et al, plus parts that could run $3,000. "Don't worry, we'll bring the parts with us." Further research revealed epidemic nightmares in print head failure, no service support and several help lines that pick up in Asian countries. Some try to change the print head. None succeed. Most have many service calls. I loved my 9900 while it lasted. Now it's off to the dump. What a waste. Bad engineering. No service. No support. 

Hello,
My husband and I have a small business and want to invest in a printer that will print quality photos of every size: wallet, 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, 11x14, poster, etc.. We also want the ability to print calendars, passports, postcards, canvasses, invitation, wall decor, collages, mugs, blankets, etc.

This is quite an ambitious list you have.  You will not be able to achieve all with 1 printer.  If the largest size prints would be poster-size, then that would be 24” wide format. If you want to offer  museum quality archival printing, then your 2 best options are the Epson SureColor P-7000 and the Canon imagePROGRAF Pro 2000. The P-7000 has a lot of improvements over the previous model which will mostly be seen in the output of the prints displaying significantly better black density levels and possessing longer permanence ratings.  In addition, Epson has once again made technology advancements in imaging with a new UltraChrome HDX pigment ink set for outstanding color and an improved Precision Core TFP print head that contains an ink repellant surface coating to help protect from head clogs. It is the perfect large format inkjet printer for about any printing application within the areas of photography, fine art, proofing and even some signage. Other attributes are a more powerful Controller Board for faster processing and networking performance , New Workflow Features with an optional internal 320 GB Print Server, maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi and variable-sized droplets, as small as 3.5 picoliters, for extreme print quality, Epson ePlaten media-loading technology ensures accurate and automatic media handling. It also has an accurate Roll Media Length Tracking to estimate remaining length of paper for the print job, auto Black Ink Type Switching with Photo to Matte Black , and new User Scheduled Print Head Maintenance Cycles

The new Canon Pro 2000 uses LUCIA PRO 11-color plus Chroma Optimizer ink that allows for increased color gamut, reduced bronzing, improved scratch resistance, greater image clarity, gloss uniformity and excellent shadow reproduction, as well as increased black optical density. Compared to previous models, the Series features a wider print head (1.28-inch wide) with anti-clogging technology, which improves efficiency as well as reduces cleaning cycles and prevents wasted ink. This newly developed print head allows for a more compact printer design as only one print head is installed in each PRO Series printers. The imagePROGRAF PRO Series model includes several enhancements for increased usability, including a redesigned 3.5-inch color LCD touch panel, direct USB drive print capabilities and mobile connectivity. Also new is the intuitive software solution of Print Studio Pro. With a focus on quality and ease of use, Print Studio Pro is a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Canon Digital Photo Professional software, to easily exports files directly to the printer.1 The Quick Utility Toolbox feature provides users with a portal to launch and control software from one central interface, and Accounting Manager is included to help photographers keep track of consumable costs such as ink and media, helping users to determine their overall printing expenses. 

Another option would be the 8-color ink systems. Both Epson and Canon offer these. They have the same features as the 11 and 12 ink systems. Adobe RGB coverage would be slightly less, but still high quality archival printing. The Epson P6000  is the perfect large format inkjet printer for those thinking about expanding their print service to offer posters, POP, fine art and even some signage applications.  Canon’s iPF6400S 8-Color LUCIA EX pigment ink improved scratch resistance and smoother gradations. The multi-sensor provides improved color density detection and allows for a full calibration to be completed within 15 minutes. The Color Calibration Management System allows for color calibration targets to be created using the iPF6400S with optional spectrophotometer and shared across all iPFX400 12-color printers. The included software allows for all printers on the network to be monitored from one central location. Print times are slightly faster.

An advantage that the Epson has over the Canon is a larger ink tank capacity option. You can use the 150, 350 or 700 ml ink tanks. Canon’s options are 160 and 330 ml. The larger the ink capacity, the lower the per-print-page cost is.

For printing onto ceramics and mugs, you will need a dye sublimation printer. Dye-sublimation printers use heat to transfer dye onto the printing material, a process that transitions the dye directly from a solid state in the form of color panels on a cellophane ribbon to a gaseous state that is deposited on a special paper. This paper is overlaid with a clear, water-resistant overcoat to protect it from discoloration, oxidation and UV radiation. The printer makes up to 4 passes ohn to the print surface- red, green, blue and a final clear coat. Dye sub printers that have the option to bypass the clear coat are what you need to print on mugs and other surfaces. 

For ID and passports, I would recommend the HiTi P310W ID printer. As an ID printer, the P310W can output fifteen 1 x 1.2", six 1 x 1.2" & three 2 x 2", or two 2 x 2" headshots per 4 x 6" print. Other ID formats and configurations are possible with the included IDQuickDesiree Software. For convenience and ease-of-use the P310W has wireless connectivity and may also be used with micro-USB Type B. Add a customized photo frame with the downloadable Printbiz App, which is available from the App Store and Google Play. Small, lightweight, and fully-featured – the Hiti P310W fulfills its purpose with style and functionality.This fast dye sublimation printer has a 47 second, 4 x 6" print speed and offers a choice of glossy or matte surfaces. The print media of 60 4x6 prints is $19.00.

Hi ,

i would like to purchase a photo printer , to print the pictures i have in my mobile phone .

am looking for something easy to carry , can print different size pictures , reflect true colors of the picture and have bluetooth connection to it .. could you please advice

For a portable printer that will print various sizes, excellent color reproduction and mobile phone –capable, the Epson PictureMate PM-400 is a good option.  It features Wi-Fi Direct and is able to print from smartphones and tablets wirelessly even beyond the reach of a Wi-Fi hotspot. The Epson PictureMate PM-400 is capable of producing 3.5 x 5in, 4 x 6in and 5 x 7in prints, and uses a single four-color CMYK cartridge that contains all four ink tanks. As well as Wi-Fi Direct, the printer can be connected by a USB 2.0 port and integrated into a wireless network with Wireless 802.11 b/g/n. The machine supports Epson Connect6, Epson Email Print, Epson iPrint Mobile App, AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Android Printing and Remote Print. An SD card slot is also available, and images can be previewed on the 2.7in LCD screen. The device measures 9.8 x 15.1 x 7.9 inches when ready to print and the hopper can hold up to 20 sheets of Epson's Premium Photo Paper Glossy. Ink and paper can be purchased separately, or in a bundle that includes ink and paper for 100 prints.

hi

please advise on the printers to use for my small business of photography that i plan to start.i intend to capture images of people and offer quality photographs as well as be able  to print business cards and calenders for my potential clients.your response will determine my purchase.

For a small business with volume printing that is compatible with many types of print media and has high image quality, a wide format  printer that has large ink tanks will be the best and is the most economical in ink cost is the best option. Designed as a heavy duty, high use production printer, the Epson 4900 delivers huge results in a small footprint.  This 11-ink, 17” roll and sheet fed printer can do it all, from 8 x10 luster photos to 17” x 60” banners, to everything in between.  Utilizing an orange and a green ink gives the Epson 4900 one of the widest color gamuts available, and the Piezo printhead allows for incredibly precise dot placement. Commercial and flexographic proofing for quite possibly the highest quality proofing system available today. It is compatible with virtually any media type, in roll or cut sheets, from letter up to 17 inches wide. A built-in high-capacity paper tray handling up to 250 sheets of plain paper, or up to 100 sheets of premium paper as large as 17x24 inches.  It has 4 built-in media paths including roll feed, front paper tray, front-top manual feeder, and a straight-through front manual feeder capable of handling cut-sheets up to 1.5 mm thick. The 200 mil ink tanks are much more economical for per-droplet costs, up to 50% cheaper than a  13” wide printer.

It´s a pity  you don´t  offer  anything  similar to the  HiTi P510si.  I think  cordless, picktbridge transmition  and available  paper and  ribbon  in  different sizes  is  a  most  in  social  events.  Do you have something similar?

DNP has released the DNP Wireless Print Server. It is compatible with Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. It achieves wireless operation using a 2.4 GHz 802.11b/g/n signal and is powered using 110-240V at 50 or 60 Hz. The Wireless Print Server (WPS-1) allows end users to efficiently increase their shoot-to-print business by eliminating the use of wires and memory cards. Use any capture device -- from cameras and cell phones to tablets and computers -- coupled with a DNP photo printer for PC-fee wireless control interface.The WPS-1 is designed to work with the DNP DS40, DS80, RX1 or the new DS620. The WPS-1 supports modern workflows that include mobile devices. In addition to printing from your PC or Mac, the WPS-1 supports mobile devices including iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple iPad, Android cameras and select WiFi enabled DSLR cameras. The flexible workflow and hardware arrangement makes the WPS-1 wireless printer server simple to configure and easy to use. Built in versatility supports up to two DNP printers, image transfer via FTP services and printer sharing. Wireless printing is now possible without a computer, hub, router or internet connection.

HiTi has released the new HiTi P520L. It is  the first dye-sub printer to offer an integrated wireless solution in addition to a standard USB connection. Add a WiFi dongle and print wirelessly from your phone, camera, computer or photo booth, no internet connection necessary. A WiFi dongle is easy to set up and enables wireless printing from your computer using the printer's windows driver or from your phone or phone camera using the HiTi Prinbiz App (available for free for iPhone or Android). The WiFi dongle also offers the option of connecting a memory card reader allowing you to print from your camera's storage card.

which model replaces the discontinued  EPSON XP-810 ?

looking for good quality, reliability and freedom from set-up difficulties  in a sheet printer - no AiO needed

The Epson XP-830 has replaced the XP-810. It has a 4.3" touchscreen with Gesture Navigation and improved ink technology.

Can you suggest a dedicated photo printer? I used to use several hp a serios photo smart printers for 4X6 and 5X7 prints but havent found anything comparable. Its like all the manufacturers straight gave up on compact photo printing after 2010. the problem is all the bigger photo prints have crapy quality. Even the newer hp ones or really short shelf life (especially the hp ones) Looking for something to work with windows 10/8.1 and windows 10 mobile. I would like to print wirelessly. Do not mind how long it takes to print as long as the great photos from the camera phone come out great on paper I also dont mind if its an AIO either. I just wnat to be able to print great photos from my phone and tablet and is compatible with the newer versions of windows. I also don't care about price or ink prices or subscriptions.

The Professional photo printers use 8 or more pigment inks, and start at 13" wide and proceed to larger models.  The Canon Pro 10 , Pro 1 and the Epson SureColor P-400  and SureColor P-600 are examples. They also have wireless printing ability.

 The Epson PictureMate PM-400 is a portable printer with the option to print 3.5x5, 4x6 and 5x7 photos. It is a 4-color printer, which is not considered a professional photo printer. But you are able to choose from a variety of different inkjet photo papers. And it is wireless-capable.

Another option are the dye sublimation printers. Dye-sublimation printers use heat to transfer dye onto the printing material, a process that transitions the dye directly from a solid state in the form of color panels on a cellophane ribbon to a gaseous state that is deposited on a special paper. This paper is overlaid with a clear, water-resistant overcoat to protect it from discoloration, oxidation and UV radiation. Since the dye is never in liquid form, the print can be handled immediately after coming off the printer—a great advantage in event photography where prints can be handed directly to the customer without waiting for them to dry. Dye-sub prints are continuous-tone, much like traditional silver halide prints, whereas the image formed by an inkjet print consists of minuscule discrete dots of single colors that are visible at high magnification.On the down side, dye-sub printers cannot handle special papers such as heavyweight and textured art papers, and prints from dye-sub printers are not quite as sharp as those from the best inkjet printers due to slight gas diffusion before the ink reaches the paper. However, the difference is not visible in prints of modest size. The longevity of dye-sub prints has been vastly improved over the last several years, and dye-sub prints are claimed to be archival for 100+ years. Reliability and clean, durable output are two reasons why many event photographers use dye-sub printers.  

The DNP DS40 is a great dye sublimation photo-only printer that can produce 4x6, 5x7 and 6x8" photos. The DNP Print Server is an accessory that will give the printer wireless printing ability.

I'm looking to replace my Epson 4880, which has been a real work horse for many years, and many 1000's of prints. My wish list includes great quality, high end neutral B&W capability, automatic calibration, lower cost per print, 8x10 color print in under 1.5 minutes, and the capbility to print from roll paper & sheet paper up to at least 11x 14". I've been very happy with my Epson, but am open to other manufacturers.

The closest replacement printer is the Epson 4900, which is the latest generation of the 4880. It is considered the best 17” photo and fine art printer on the market. Its 200 ml ink tanks at $86 each are more economical per page than 17” wide photo printers with smaller ink tanks (Canon’s 17” equivalent, the iPF5100 uses 130 ml tanks that cost around $76 each) .  As in any professional printer, the best method for true color accuracy is by creating your own ICC paper and printer profiles. The ColorMunki Photo does both and also calibrates your monitor with its built-in colorimeter. It also will calibrate and match multiple monitors in a studio setting, including a multiple monitor set-up to a single computer.

What the best printer for gallery quality B&W photos ? Is there any dedicated B&W printers that have no color option(not laser) ? 

Black and white printing presents unique challenges. Some of these are the ability to produce a neutral color without any color casting, the ability to maintain that neutral appearance under different light sources (reduced metamerism), the ability to attain gray balance (consistent color throughout the entire tonal scale); the ability to achieve a very dark black (high dmax) without sacrificing shadow detail (low dot gain), and longevity. In turn, these are heavily dependent  on the media, the profile and the custom black-and-white ink, as is the printer. The printers that have the multi gray cartridges (light black and light light black, for example) and both Photo Back and Matte black cartridges will yield the best quality black and white imagery with the least color casting. The Epson SureColor P-600 and above (SureColor P-800 and the larger SureColor-series printers) include the Epson-proprietary Advanced Black and White in its printer driver software. You get more control over tonal separation, and more tonal control overall, you are also guaranteed a linear response – completely neutral gray, if that is what you want. So depending on which size printing you are wanting to produce, the Epson SureColor P600, P-800 and their larger format printers will be able to produce the best quality back and white images.

I am looking for a photo printer that can read from my computer (don't care if it can read from anything else since I do

all my editing on my computer)  I need it to be able to print small photos - like stamp size or 2x3 size - it is ok for the small size

to be on a bigger piece of paper that I can cut out.  I want good archival quality. I also need it to print up to 5x7  - suggestions??

The printers with the best archival quality are the ones that use the pigment inks. Such as the Canon Pro 10 and Pro 1, and the Epson SureColor P-400 and P-600. These are 13” wide printers and are able to print anywhere from 3x4” sheets of paper  up to 13 inches wide. You can create a layout with two 2x3" images on a 4x6" sheet of paper. The Epson P-400 would be a great option. If you want a smaller printer, none of the letter-size printers use pigment inks. For best quality, a 6-color ink system like the Epson XP-960 (none of the single function printers have a 6-color ink system) would give you the best quality.

I am looking for a home printer for 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10 color prints. What are best on market today?

For home use, the 2 best inkjet printers would be the Canon PIXMA iP8720  and the Epson Artisan 1430 . These are 13” wide printers, but they have a 6-ink cartridge system. We do not carry any letter-size single function printer that utilizes a 6-ink system.

Epson does have 2 other printers with a 6-ink system. They are both all-in-ones: the XP-860 and XP-960 .  The differences between these 2 are the XP-860 is an all-in-one with fax and auto document feeder. The XP-960 is an all-in-one without a fax or ADF. It also can print up to 11x17” and has a single back feeder for printing on thicker/heavier paper. These other printers do not have this ability and are limited to paper up to 11.5 mil thick, which is slightly thicker than a premium glossy inkjet paper. A notch up from these is the Canon Pro 100 . It uses an 8-ink cartridge system, can print up to 13x19” and has a straight paper feed option that can handle up to 26 mil paper, which is similar to a heavy canvas paper.

The least expensive option would be the Canon iP7220 . It is a single function letter-size printer that utilized a 5-ink cartridge system.

  1. I,m Chifundo Botoman. I have a great interest in photo printers and want to grab one. In so doing i would like to ask you to contact me on this no: +27733650637. My e-mail is not working well. Thank you. I will just be waiting for your call.

I have requested that a Printer Agent from our Telephone Sales Division contact you at the number you have provided.  If your email begins working well, you may also email us directly at askbh@bhphoto.com with any product questions. 

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