Our crummy old printer has finally kicked the bucket and I'm toying with the idea of spending a little extra money on a new A3 printer so that I can make a few prints to sell here and there along with printing out the usual family photos. I’m just having some trouble making up my mind... Epson
Being the frugal slickdealer that I am, I’m really leaning towards a Canon as there are quite a lot of them selling for cheap on Ebay and Craigslist due to folks snatching them up late last year to claim some hefty rebates. For instance, a brand new Canon Pro 9000 MKII can be had for as little as $150-200. (Which makes it awfully tempting!)
From what I gather, both types of printers have a few pros and cons..Dye
+broader color gamut.
- prints/photos last 25 to 30 years under the right conditions.Pigment
+ prints/photos last 100 to 200 years under the right conditions.
- Need to be used on a regular basis to avoid clogging of the printer heads.
- Slightly more expensive upkeep
The printers I'm looking at are:Canon Pro 9000 MKIICanon Pro 9500 MKIIEpson 2880(bought cheaper elsewhere of course)
Does anyone have experience with these or similar printers and can offer some input?
Greater print longevity sounds wonderful, but at the same time I’m thinking 20-30 years is probably plenty enough for a cheap $15-20 print.
Being able to print right from home sounds great, but will the cost of ink & materials outweigh the convenience?
Or maybe I should scrap the idea all together, and have prints made online. Hmmm.
My mind is boggled!