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    Art Printer for AS Photography Course

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    We are planning on doing an AS Photography course from september. Need some ideas on printers and printer cartridges costs as out art dept is struggling with the Ink Jet they have available to them

    Need some ideas of what others have done please

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    Our graphic designer has a Canon PIXMA Pro 9000. Absolutely gorgeous but not cheap, especially on the ink front. Canon high-end inkjets are really nice in general though, well worth a look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fil_b View Post
    Need some ideas on printers and printer cartridges costs as out art dept is struggling with the Ink Jet they have available to them
    Struggling in what way? I have an HP OfficeJet Pro K8600 capable of printing edge-to-edge glossy A3 photos. It uses ink from a continuous ink system instead of individual cartridges, which reduces ink costs (see user Contink on these forums to purchase). I'm not that impressed with it as the paper feed is rather fiddly, meaning it's a fair bit of faffing around switching between A4 and A3 paper, which happens all the time - you might want to get something with multiple paper trays to avoid the messing around. The Canon machines sound good, but you might want to avoid Epson printers in a school context. They use different heads which are very good but tend to clog with dried ink if left for a while, and in a school there's always periods where the printer won't be used for a while (this advice is probably a couple of years old now, so you might want to double-check if this is still true - you'd think Epson would have this sorted by now, to be honest).

    Our art department make extensive use of printing on A4 transparencies for some interesting visual effects, so you might want to make sure your printer can handle those. My A3 printer has been rather under-used as I actually charge money per print (50p for A4, 1 for A3, which is very cheap for glossy photo-quality prints and just about covers costs) - if people can print stuff out another way they will.

    Don't forget to factor paper in to your costs - half-decent A4 glossy photo paper is easy enough to get hold of, but you might want to make sure you can get a consistent supply of both paper and ink so you can get a proper colour profile set up. You might also want to get some other bits and bobs in - t-shirt transfers, greetings cards, etc - as they can all add to the range of stuff people can do.

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    Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II 779.00 with inks costing 15.00 (x10) or Epson Stylus Photo R2880 720.00 with inks costing 11.50 (x9)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RingOfFlame View Post
    Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II 779.00 with inks costing 15.00 (x10) or Epson Stylus Photo R2880 720.00 with inks costing 11.50 (x9)
    The Epson is often raved about on the talkphotography.co.uk forums.

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