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This review is from: Epson Stylus Photo R3000 A3+ Colour Inkjet Printer (Accessory)
Brilliant results out of the box, but take the trouble to explore paper choices and colour profiles; getting the right set up is as big a leap as the first 9 ink print is from a standard 3 or 4 colour printer.
Bad marks to Epson though who I think could be a LOT more helpful in terms of paper profiles and information: Trial and error is a very expensive way of finding your way though the miriad of paper/profile choices. We already bought an expensive printer; what more do you want?????????????????
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Initial post: 13 Jun 2012 18:55:02 BDT
What is your set up then with paper choice etc?
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2012 09:41:58 BDT
Pauly B says:
On the principle that Epson know as much as anybody about their printer I have mostly used their premium photo papers, particularly the glossy. BUT in March I also got a new DSLR, [Olympus E-5], and just as I was getting accustomed to that in combination with the printer Adobe did a radical overhaul to Lightroom with version 4. And so it's really only recently that I feel settled with all that digital technology to have a solid point of view about the end result, ie the print itself. [By the way if you use Lightroom upgrading to Version 4 is a must. It isn't just an upgrade but a complete rewrite of the processing core which has transformed the results].
So for quick test prints I use Epson 10X15cm 300gm Hi Gloss which I think is a much better way of assessing a picture than any monitor. The emulsion renders lovely detail and is a fair indication of larger prints.
However I have started to try other papers, particularly from the Hannemuhle range and my current favourite is their Baryta lustre paper which can really make mid-tones sing which is very useful now that Lightroom can do the same to a raw file.
I tried a bunch of Hannemuhle fibre papers but somewhere along the way the print nozzles were so clogged it took 5 cleaning cycles to clear them - and I can only assume that was the paper because Hannemuhle provide ICM profiles for all their papers so the printer should have been set up correctly.
I like baryta papers - just as I did in the days of wet darkrooms - and am going to continue trying out different manufacturers.
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