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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Epson 3880--2880 or 1440??


Just started making black and white prints. I am wondering if i need to use the 2880x1440 resolution or if I would be okay quality wise with the 1440x1440 setting. I am watching the ink levels drain pretty quickly and i have not made that many prints. I made about 10 8x10's and a few 11x14's. I plan on printing both color and black and white prints so my question applies to both types. I am using premium luster paper at the moment.


Dec 25, 2011 at 09:09 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Epson 3880--2880 or 1440??


I use my R2880 for B+W mainly, and obviously the blacks go quickly. I intend experimenting with refillable carts and 3rd party black pigment inks (obviously a lot cheaper than using Epson carts) but keep to Epson colours for now. You could do this with a R3880.

My thinking is that colour matching is not likely to be a problem with monochrome prints...and it should cut costs dramatically. I have a slight worry about clogging...but if there is any evidence of this starting I will think of something else!

I avoid the highest quality setting myself...the prints are great on Epson Pearl.



Dec 26, 2011 at 12:25 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Epson 3880--2880 or 1440??


You will not likely see any visual difference between 2880 Dpi and 1440 Dpi. I don't, and to me it's not worth the ink usage, but Epson will like you. Just print one of each of the same image and see if you like one over the other - it's you that needs to be happy afterall.

I have a Epson 3880 and love the results I get with it. If you only need the 13" version here is the one to get (R2880):
http://www.itsupplies.com/Epson/Epson-Stylus-photo-R2880-Printer-200Mail-in-C11CA16201



Dec 26, 2011 at 08:43 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Epson 3880--2880 or 1440??


You'll be fine with the 1440. The cases in which you'll see a visual difference are few and far between, and even then they're so minute you'd never notice unless you're looking for it. Epson's stock advice for "help, my paper's getting soggy" is "cut the resolution back," so clearly they don't think it's a huge deal either.

If you were using a Canon I'd definitely advise making a stack of test prints (the differences between resolutions are pronounced and occasionally horrifying on the imagePROGRAF family), but you'd be hard pressed to end up offended by the difference on an Epson. If you've got some paper and ink to blow, making a couple test prints as Cphoto1954 suggests is still an informative exercise.



Dec 26, 2011 at 10:51 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Epson 3880--2880 or 1440??


you can purchase a 3000 for less the $700 these days shipped and reduce your ink costs substantially (more then half) vs a 1440/2880. if working in BW the 3000 will trump anything below it for output quality in the monochrome spectrum. the output quality is that of a 3880 but the carrtidge size is is a little bit less then 1/3 the size too. depending on your output you ink costs can and will become astonomical on 1440/2880. you can opt to go third party on your ink source but that can be a gamble in maintaining quality longevity of your prints and the physical lifespan of your printer. i currently work with a 3800. usually around this time of year the models are on good sales as the next series is about to show up. a printer in this arena of pricing turns out to be a somewhat consumable product over a period of time. as to " soggy" prints? never managed to put one out on my printers at any resolution. the printer controls the ink flow at the different resolutions and if it actually does occur you can manually control the volume of ink to be deposited though i doubt it will be necessary.

http://www.atlex.com/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=C11CA86201

relative cost:
3880 cartridge 80ml $50 per
3000 cartridge 25.9ml $26.50 per

note the price per ml progression





Dec 30, 2011 at 11:33 AM





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