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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Printers For Big Landscapes


An Ansel Adams-esque landscape is up to being displayed big. We’ll show you the best of the best in inkjet printers and explain the technology of printing.




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Selected 24-Inch Printers
In his wet darkroom, Ansel Adams frequently made large prints that required an enlarger on a track that projected the image on a wall. If he were making prints today, we think Adams would have a high-end, 17-inch printer in his digital darkroom as a workhorse, and he’d likely call on a 24-inch printer for those special larger images. These 24-inch units aren’t everyday printers, but for enthusiasts looking to go big, they do a magnificent job. Here are four models that are worth looking into for your digital darkroom.
1) Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6300
• Max. Print Size: 24 inches x 59 feet
• Max. Paper Size: Roll—24 inches x roll length; cut sheet—up to 24 inches wide
• Max. Media Thickness: Roll—0.8mm; cut sheet—1.5mm
• Borderless Printing: Roll media only; up to 24 inches x 49 feet
• Ink Cartridges: 12 (up to 11 colors used at once)—Cyan, Photo Cyan, Magenta, Photo Magenta, Yellow, Black, Matte Black, Red, Green, Blue, Gray, Photo Gray (130ml cartridges only)
• Ink Type: LUCIA EX Pigment
• Printer Resolution: Up to 2400x1200 dpi
• Size With Stand: 39.1x46.4x34.3 inches
• Weight: 146 pounds
• Estimated Street Price: $2,600
2) Epson Stylus Pro 7890
• Max. Print Size: 24 inches x roll length
• Max. Paper Size: Roll—24 inches x 147.6 feet; cut sheet—up to 24x36 inches
• Max. Media Thickness: Roll—up to 0.5mm; cut sheet—up to 1.5mm
• Borderless Printing: Roll—up to 24x90.5 inches; cut sheet—up to 24x36 inches
• Ink Cartridges: 9 (up to 8 colors used at once)—Cyan, Light Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Vivid Light Magenta, Yellow, Matte Black or Photo Black, Light Black, Light Light Black (available in 150ml, 350ml and 700ml sizes)
• Ink Type: UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Pigments
• Printer Resolution: Up to 2880x1440 dpi
• Size With Stand: 54.0x27.0x48.0 inches
• Weight: 187 pounds
• Estimated Street Price: $2,950
3) Epson Stylus Pro 7900
• Max. Print Size: 24 inches x roll length
• Max. Paper Size: Roll—24 inches x 147.6 feet; cut sheet—up to 24x36 inches
• Max. Media Thickness: Up to 1.5mm (cut sheet)
• Borderless Printing: Roll—up to 24x90.5 inches; cut sheet—up to 24x36 inches
• Ink Cartridges: 11 (up to 10 colors used at once)—Cyan, Orange, Yellow, Light Cyan, Matte Black, Photo Black, Vivid Magenta, Light Black, Green, Light Light Black, Vivid Light Magenta (available in 150ml, 350ml and 700ml sizes)
• Ink Type: Epson UltraChrome HDR Pigment Ink
• Printer Resolution: Up to 2880x1400 dpi
• Size With Stand: 54.0x27.0x48.0 inches
• Weight: 187 pounds
• Estimated Street Price: $3,900
4) HP Designjet Z3200
• Max. Print Size: 24 inches x roll length
• Max. Paper Size: Roll—24 inches x 300 feet; cut sheet—up to 24x36 inches
• Max. Media Thickness: Up to .8mm (cut sheet)
• Ink Cartridges: 12 (up to 10 colors, plus Gloss Enhancer, used at one time)—Blue, Green, Magenta, Red, Yellow, Gray, Photo Black, Matte Black, Light Cyan, Light Gray, Light Magenta, Gloss Enhancer (available in 130ml size only)
• Ink Type: HP Vivera photo inks
• Printer Resolution: Up to 2400x1200 dpi
• Size With Stand: 49.7x27.2x41.2 inches
• Weight: 143 pounds
• Estimated Street Price: $3,400

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