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| p.1 #2 · Epson 9800 printer for Wildlife/Nature Images |
I'm running both a 9800 and a 9900. (The 78/9800 is definitely a better printer than your old 7600)
The 9800 is truly a reliable workhorse. With custom profiles, print quality is excellent. The 9900 is probably better quality-wise, but I don't think it's anything that is jawdropping. The improvements for the 9900 are speed, spindleless printing, auto pk/mk switching, better cutter, addition of orange and green, etc. I think custom profiles makes a big difference for the 9800. With the 9900, manufacturer profiles are greatly improved and probably reflects parallel advancements in color managment technology over the years. The 9900 just seems a lot more finicky than my 9800.
Check the "usage" rating from the 9800 control panel to verify print usage and life expectancy of parts. Ultrachrome K3 inks are much better than the previous 76/9600. I have had no clogging issues----suggest getting a hygrometer and monitoring your humidity levels. Check with www.tastarsupply.com for ink. They have an excellent Epson ink cartridge recycling program, giving you credit for new Epson ink, very competitive, and free shipping. Customer loyalty program gives even more savings.
Check with various rebates being offered now---you might be surprised at the accessibility of new printers from Epson and Canon.