New here and looking for some guidance....

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Jenny
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Hi everyone

Nice to be here. I've been having a read of some of your posts and thought I would nip in with a question of my own if possible. Forgive my novice language...!

I bought my husband a camera last Christmas, a Nikon D3500 (which I don't think is anything too exciting compared to what people are using here!), and he's grown from strength to strength with it. He's really enjoying it and is now a member of a local group at home and has received a fair bit of positive feedback.

I'm looking forward to this Christmas and thought I would buy him a printer to use at home. No bigger than A3 at a push (but mainly A4 in general terms) and it's probably only going to be used from time to time when he's feeling particularly fond of an image (a couple of times a month?) but I understand the quality is important more so than usage. From looking here and online, I have found the following models and wondered if anyone here had any positive or negative experience on using these particular brands?

I'm not looking for something too professional (unless you think it would be more beneficial or financially better in the long run?) but it would be useful to know if I am way off course here:

1. EPSOM XP-15000
I found a decent price online (I heard they retail for a lot more)

2. EPSOM EXPRESSION XP-970
Quite inexpensive but I haven't seen many reviews for this.

3. CANON PRO 1000
This is outside of my budget but from what I can see, Canon is the best brand to buy. I'd be willing to invest if you thought it was worth it. We won't need A2, though, so perhaps a bit too extravagant.

4. EPSOM SC-P400

Thank you so much for your time. I know you'll have better things to do!

Jen :)
 
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Peter
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Jenny,
I'm not trying to put you off purchasing a printer for your husband.

However printing your own images sounds simple but it is a whole new area of learning for your husband. It may be better to consider using a commercial print company for the small amount of printing that you're suggesting.

There are a number of very good commercial printing companies that you could use. Another option for a Christmas present may be to book your husband on a printing course before buying a printer. This is so that he can better understand the requirements of personal image printing. Most of the UK Paper suppliers offer print workshops


I'll list some things that you need to consider before you purchase a printer for your husband to print his images with, please note there’s probably more items to consider and others on the forum may come in with their thoughts on this:-

1. As well as the outlay for cost of the printer you need to factor in paper costs and replacement cartridge costs.
2. Unless you intend to print on paper produced by the Printer manufacturer (Canon or Epson) using a generic ICC profile (supplied with the printer) you will need Custom ICC Profiles to match your paper/s of choice.
3. Monitor calibration is important to ensure correct printer output colour, this is important to ensure the image you see on the screen is matched by the output from the printer.
4. Calibration devices and software would be required for both Mac and Windows machines.
5. Printers (Ink Jet) need to be exercised regularly (at least once a week) to prevent print head clogging, you may get away with this if the printer is used for other printing rather than just your husband’s "couple of times a month" requirements.
 
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droj
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Jenny I agree with much of what Peter said above, especially about level of use, head clogging, and ink costs. Also printers at the sort of level you're looking at tend in my experience to have a limited life expectancy and this might be factored into the environmental cost of having one.

There is a learning curve involved in printing whether at home or by a lab, in how the images are prepared for print.

However a high level of success can be had without being a slave to Peter's point 4, that a calibration device is needed.
 
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Hallo @JenSym005. Yes I agree that printing at home is a whole new learning curve. I would suggest that you have a look at the Canon TS series of printers which I think would be more than adequate for your husband's needs at the moment. I have just replaced my Canon MG6150 printer which I have had for about 5-6 years and which I used to print all my club competition entries. The judges might have dissed my images but none of them criticised my printing! I think the printer when I bought it would have been about the £120 mark, not expensive. Although you could buy an A3 printer, personally I have never needed an A3 print and on the odd occasion I would need one, I would just send it out for printing.
Perhaps he could have a word with his camera group to see what they all use. But I certainly would recommend Canon as a home printer.
 
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Hi there

Thank you all very much for your help and advice. I understand. Even if he chose to print a few pictures here and there, it probably wouldn't be a sound investment looking at it now. I appreciate your help here and you've no doubt saved me a lot of money! There are a few sales going on near me so at the very least, I could look in to buying something quite unsophisticated. Thanks for the advice about Canon as well.

I'll go back to the drawing board

Jen :)
 
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