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Which A3 printer to buy

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estivoautumnal 20 Feb 2018

I'm looking at buying an A3 photo printer. Any thoughts on which is the best one? Budget is around £500. There are so many conflicting reviews it would be good to get some personal recommendations. 

 d_b 20 Feb 2018
In reply to estivoautumnal:

I don't own an A3 printer but in my experience the mid range Kyocera lasers are reasonably inexpensive to run and last forever.  I have been using one of their A4 models for some time now.

 jethro kiernan 20 Feb 2018
In reply to estivoautumnal:

I have been pleased with my canon pixma pro 100s, the pixma pro 10 was meant to be marginally better at B&W so depends on how you value that aspect.

estivoautumnal 21 Feb 2018
In reply to both:

Thanks.

In reply to estivoautumnal:

I read that the Canon Pixma pro - 100s came out top, editor’s choice, of the Digital Camera recent review (appreciate that it might not be that helpful as not a personal recommendation) and seems good value.  https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/buying-guides/best-photo-printers-2017-the-best-inkjet-printers-for-your-digital-photos/2

I’m starting to look around for a new printer so interested to read that Jethro is happy with it.

 jethro kiernan 23 Feb 2018
In reply to Climbing Pieman:

What I haven’t tried is generic ink, I’ve stuck with canon, there are meant to be quite good third party inks I just haven’t tried them

it has been fairly economical but I only use it for photos 

 ChrisJD 26 Feb 2018
In reply to estivoautumnal:

A cheaper Canon option to add to the mix is the Canon ip8750 (A3+) at <£200.

Uses a six ink dye system (the Pro-100s is an 8 dye inkset)

I've got the iP8700 and it does a good job.

 

But if I was spending your sort of budget, then I'd go Epson, so either the SC-P600 or SC-P400.

The P600 can also use roll media for panos.

Or save your pennies and go bigger to the A2 Paper SC-P800, which can also do roll media for bigger Panos. But you'll have to double your budget. 

 

 

 

 

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 kevin stephens 26 Feb 2018
In reply to ChrisJD:

Yep.  I've the Canon ip8720 (I believe an earlier iteration of the ip8750?) very good for A3+ photos with six inks; one of which being grey.  I would be hard pressed to tell the difference between its output and that produced by the more expansive options.

 ChrisJD 26 Feb 2018
In reply to kevin stephens:

With the expensive pro-sumer photo printers you are getting pigment inks instead of dye inks:

http://www.redrivercatalog.com/infocenter/articles/dyerorpigmentink.htm

If you're selling 'pro' prints, then pigment is the generally accepted way to go.

But most people don't need >25 year colour fastness

Post edited at 20:23

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This is supposed to be very good, I don't own one but if I was buying....this would be it. clearly it isn't cheap https://www.wexphotovideo.com/epson-surecolor-sc-p800-printer-1571918/

 


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