27 October, 2010

Printer 01

I'm planning on buying a printer at the end of this year or the beginning of next. I have an inexpensive Epson that prints up to A4, but I'm unhappy with the results. No, that's unfair. I'm happy with the results that I'm getting for the price — but I want more and I want bigger.

Epson 3880 Printer

I want to move up to either A3, or possibly to A2.

As you might know, I love my Panasonic GF1, but I recognise its limitations. So, given my "situation," would I be able to print to A2 well enough and often enough to justify the expense? I've narrowed it down to two front runners — Both Epsons: The R2880 (if A3 is the best buy), and the 3880 (if I'm giving A2 a try).

I'm not completely ignorant about these things, so I already know that given the resolution and dynamic range of my GF1, there wouldn't be any actual additional detail in an A2 print than there would be in an A3. That, however is not my question. I want to find out (assuming the greater viewing distance for an A2) whether it's reasonable to expect high-quality (exhibition grade) at that size.

So, how to decide? I've looked at the buyers' guides and the reviews and have found a lot of conflicting, or at least unhelpful, advice.

I really don't know which way to go, so I thought I might take you along for the ride.

I have taken a first step by downloading the Fine Art Printing videos from Luminous Landscape. I'm a fan of the Luminous Landscape's Lightroom 3 videos and I hope that in their Fine Art Printing videos I'll find some guidance. Even if the videos turn out to be unhelpful about buying, they will be a good investment when it comes to printing regardless of what printer I finally choose.

I'll keep you updated.

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