Friday, September 1, 2006
Epson Stylus Pro 4800
Improved B&W printing is delivered with a new large-format printer
The printer comes with the photo black ink, which I installed in the printer. However, if you prefer printing on matte surfaces, I recommend purchasing and installing the matte black ink to start with, or otherwise you'll waste ink as the initial inks are cleared from the system. Since many photographers normally have a strong preference for printing on one media over another, this may not be an issue. But for others, particularly those who have enjoyed the convenience of the 4000, it should be something to consider when deciding to upgrade.
Once installation was complete, it was an easy matter to begin printing, as the software driver was very straightforward. Epson's new Advanced B&W Photo mode offers a clean interface that makes adjusting density and shadow and highlight tonality simple.
I was pleased with the neutral-quality prints I made on Epson's Premium Glossy paper. The images, which had a rich range of tones, reproduced beautifully, retaining important details both in the highlights and the shadows with as close to a neutral cast as I had ever seen produced from a printer straight out of the box.
I prefer toned prints, however, and thankfully, the Advanced B&W Photo mode made it easy to create the slightly cool tone I like with much of my black-and-white printing. The interface was clean and uncomplicated, and with just a pair of test prints, I had found the look I was hoping for.
Metamarism, which can be easily seen in a black-and-white print, was hardly evident. As I evaluated the prints under a different light source, it was good to see that the tones of the print weren't changing due to the alteration of the light source.
The Epson Stylus Pro 4800 delivers quality prints, both in color and black-and-white, making it appealing to any outdoor photographer who enjoys large and impressive photographic prints. List Price: $1,995.
Contact: Epson, (800) GO-EPSON, www.epson.com.
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