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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

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Never mind the printer cost, imagine the price of replacing the cartridges after every couple of dozen 6 by 4 inch prints you might manage to get it to reluctantly spew out (if the cartridges don't go out of date first that is).

When I read the headline, I had expected a human with extraordinary printing skills. What a disappointment, but it confirmed my decision to improve my English instead of bying another printer.

Of all the medium sized printers, the B9180 garnered more bad press due to it's being so hard to keep tuned. I have an Epson 3800, that I am about to give to my daughter, that has been a rock for 5 years. Every now and then it needs a head cleaning, but otherwise it is a gem. I am replacing it with a P800 and expect the same reliability.

Didn't you get a P600?

I suppose I could evict the car from the garage. :-)

Plus, for the P800, there's another $50 rebate (separate from the $250) if one already owns a qualifying Epson printer (listed on the rebate site).

You didn't mention the cost of all the ink replacements. Last year I was talking to a work group with a similar sized HP printer they were bringing back to operation. They said a new set of ink cartridges was over $10,000.

Can't help notice that in Epson's own advertising image (well, I'm guessing on the image source) they're printing two big posters side by side. That is, the printer is too big for most purposes.

These enormous commercial ink jet printers really fascinate me. This model seems like quite an advancement in maintenance requirements and perhaps reliability.

Much more information about this printer on the Lexjet blog.

If anybody ever said "we're going to need a bigger printer", Epson has them sorted.

Even the printer we have at my research institution isn't this big. It prints as long as you want (or until the huge roll of paper runs out), but "only" 36 inches wide.

That is, I believe, a "solvent" printer — which most photographers probably do not want. Just be careful before writing that check!

And what did Don McCullin say?

Mere chump change for those who buy the latest Hasselblad or Leica S systems...

But at those print sizes, you'd still have to up-res, in all likelihood.

I have an Epson R1800 which is now about nine years old. Last year it started asking to be serviced - "parts approaching the end of their useful life" or something like that - so I had it done. I am not a heavy user, but that is the only issue it has caused me.

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