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Epson R800

Review Date: Dec 27, 2012 Recommend? | Price paid: Not Indicated

Pros: IQ is outstanding
Huge cost of ink. Clogging of printhead

Since I did my last review of this printer in 2009, I had to throw away the R800 because of clogged head. I had tried cleaning it is several conventional ways as well as unconventional.

In the end, because of the image quality, I invested in another R800. Same brilliant quality... but head cleaning was soon required. Head cleaning automatically pumps large quantities of high cost ink through the head - sometimes the head needs 2 -3 head cleans or more to clear blockages. Eventually, I threw the second one away into the waste disposal depot.

My original rating of 9 is now severely reduced to less that 3.

I do not recommend this printer on the grounds that it would be far cheaper get your printing done by a commercial outfit than to suffer the cost of the Printer, cost of inks, the cost of spoilt paper and the cost of the pain and anguish.

Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM

Review Date: Feb 14, 2010 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 8 

Pros: The ultimate in Point & Shoot. A perfect all rounder. IQ good
Heavy. Locking ring takes two hands at times to release it

I am a crazy type of photographer. If it moves, I will photograph it! If it doesn't move, I will photograph it!!!

The lens is not the absolute sharpness I had hoped for, for the price, however it is a perfect all rounder and the sharpness & IQ is more than adequate for my needs. The IS must be brilliant - I shoot a lot at 300mm hand held & haven't noticed any with camera shake!

The weight is a problem. On a cheap tripod, forget it! I am in the process of sourcing a more sturdy support. I was also accosted by a well known professional French photographer recently who gave me dire warnings of the strain on the camera mounting bayonet. On investigating it, I am reliably informed by many FMers here that it is not an issue.

However in an effort to make carrying a Canon 2D Mk ll + 28~300mm beast a little more comfortable I have purchased an 'R' Strap for it. (An RS-5) . The R Strap fits on to the mounting shoe of the lens itself. I recon Canon should supply an R strap with every copy of this lens Smile

Epson R800

Review Date: Jun 22, 2009 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 9 

Pros: Top grade output. Long life colours. Very quiet in operation
COST OF INKS - last month they were 11.50 - Today they are 19 each!

Generally I am very pleased with the quality of printout

I have had the occasional blocked jets that needed extended cleaning. This is because I only do colour printing about every 1 or 2 months. I suggest that it should be used at least once a month to keep the jets clean.

The big down side is the cost of genuine Epson Inks. I do not recommend using 'compatible' generic inks - I have heard that they are not as finely filtered and could cause a blockage.... I have no proof of this, so it is up to the individual to decide on genuine or generic inks...