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Old 11-01-2014, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I'm looking for a good color printer for home that can print at least 16 x 12 sized photos at a high resolution, that I can still buy new (not used) because the manufacturer still makes them and where it's not impossible to find replacement ink cartridges.

I've gotten a recommendation based on a 16x20 print I admired but when I got home and checked, the manufacturer no longer makes that model.

You don't have to mention anything else the printer does or the cost of the printer or the ink. I just need a make and model shopping starting point based on your experience. Please only recommend a make and model you have used and not what you've heard. Thanks.
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Old 11-01-2014, 09:54 PM
 
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Look at Epson Stylus wide format photo printers
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Old 11-01-2014, 10:14 PM
 
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Epson Stylus Pro 3880 Inkjet
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Old 11-01-2014, 10:20 PM
 
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I will 3rd the Epson line. I have a Stylus 1400, though the max is 13 x 19 I'm quite happy with it.
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Old 11-01-2014, 10:30 PM
 
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We have the Epson 7600. It's older, but still supported. You could probably get a good deal on one used.
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Old 11-01-2014, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Look at Epson Stylus wide format photo printers
X2!

I'm a professional photographer and have been using Epsons for years. For long-lasting photographs you want one that uses pigment ink, not dye-based. Epson's Ultrachrome (K3) printers are as good as anything on the market and available for the hobbyist through the professional.

One thing you'll want to look at is the size of ink cartridge used. If you'll be printing a lot, get one that takes large capacity ink cartridges. If you won't be printing much, that's not so important, so you can get the cheaper "hobbyist" models. (My model uses 220 ml cartridges while the smaller ones only hold 10-15 ml of useable ink.)

The R3000 will print the size you're wanting (paper up to 13x19) and do an excellent job, but the cartridges are small and will cost you megabucks in the long run if you do a lot of printing. (No, I don't have the R3000, but I do have an earlier version of it that I used for a few years, then stuck it away in a corner.)

Epson's Stylus Pro Series K3 printers are a notch up the ladder.

They start with the 3880 that will print up to 17x22 (less margins) and sells for quite a bit more ($1100), but if you use it a lot it'll be cheaper in the long run because of the larger ink cartridges (80 ml).

Next is the 4900. It's a more robust printer (also 17x22) that'll take 220 cartridges. I have an early version of it that I've been using for several years now, the 4800. They (4900) sell for ~$2000 but will go and go and go.

In addition to making all the prints for my photography clients, I also make fine art limited edition prints for several local artists. For this reason alone I could justify a larger printer, but I decided to downsize my printer size years ago so simply turn down jobs that require larger prints. It costs me jobs, but I've got plenty to keep me busy. I'd also need a larger scanner for larger artwork, and those get expensive too. (I'm past retirement age, just not retired!)


I hope you don't mind that I'm not using the current models that I'm recommending. The current models are upgrades to what I've used/am using. They're better. And that's saying a lot!
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Old 11-02-2014, 03:35 AM
 
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Love our epson 3880 , print 8x10's like crazy and still are on my first ink set 18 months later
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Old 11-02-2014, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I haven't had good luck with Epson photo printers, specially because of printheads being prone to clogging. The problem ended with a Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II Photo printer. It's a old printer now, and uses 8 ink cartridges that aren't cheap (around $17.00 each) unless you buy an 8-pack. And yes, there are aftermarket cartridges you can buy at Amazon and other online stores, but I prefer OM inks. Anyway, there are newer Canon printers in the 9000-series.

However if the OP were asking for a flatbed scanner, I would highly recommend the Epson V700. I bought one several years ago for around $500.00, and have been amazed at how much more it costs these days. It's an outstanding photo scanner, too.
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Old 11-03-2014, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Thanks everyone for your recommendations. Now I at least have someplace to start.
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Old 11-03-2014, 12:53 AM
 
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I recently augmented an iX6520 with the Pixma PRO-10. 2x3's and 4x6's are acceptable with the 6520 but I needed the PRO-10 to produce acceptable 8x12's. Where you can really see the difference is in the B&W's. I too use the V700...love it...
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