I finally got this beautiful thing (it's an Epson P600) unboxed after an embarrassingly long delay, and what would you know, the very first print I made turned out pretty well. On Day Two (yesterday, that would be) I made my first good print. Been doing a lot of reading and a little printing (printer ink triggers my cheap gene and I get stingy with it. I need to work on getting over that). I plan to make at least one print a day for a while, and I'll let you know how that goes.
Arriving on Wednesday: a Nikon D7200 and a Sigma 17–70mm ƒ/2.8–4 DC Macro OS HSM lens. The rig will just be here for a five-day rental, but I'll give you my impressions. I figured we needed a break from all the mirrorless around here. My interest is twofold: longer lens, and the D7200 ranks highly (3rd) at DxOMark for dynamic range ("Landscape," they call it), and I wanted to do a few tests and comparisons. It's been a very long time since I used an APS-C Nikon DSLR. So long I can't remember the previous time. Was it really a 6-MP D100?!? That can't be right.
More to come,
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MHMG: "The P600 is a great little printer, very reliable over the year and a half I've been using it. It may scare you in the first few weeks of using it with frequent 'stealth' cleaning cycles (noted by significantly extended times before the media starts feeding after hitting the 'print' button), but I concluded it's just purging out the micro air bubbles in the new lines. After a few weeks, it settles right down and runs remarkably 'clog-free.' I rarely do nozzle checks unless I've left it unused for a few weeks, and even then, it usually passes that nozzle check just fine.
"Also, Epson has significantly improved the yellow pigment light fastness in the HD ink set compared to the previous Epson K3 ink generation, an important consideration for anyone who cares about accurate color balance over time, especially skin tone color accuracy in portraits where the magenta/yellow and to lesser extent cyan ink fade rates need to maintain parity over time. K3 skin tones end up going much more purplish-blue due to preferential loss of the more fade-prone K3 yellow ink."