The Epson Stylus Pro 9800 is knowledgeable large format printer that prints on numerous media from 10″ wide up to 48″ large. For all of that, it is rather compact. The printer is 67″ wide and only 20″ deep. I suppose one may set it up on a desk, however Epson gives it with a customized stand that gives for a “drop” space for the prints to slip into, together with a ‘catch’ bin manufactured from a gentle materials and held in place by two easy rods that snap into place on the customized stand.
Set up on the stand with the catch bin it stands 46″ high to the top of the printer, and from the back of the feet of the stand to the front of the catch bin it is 43 ½”.
This printer makes use of eight separate inks together with black, gentle black, and lightweight-gentle black. This supplies for glorious shading and gradual transitions type shadow to spotlight. The different inks are yellow, magenta and cyan. Magenta and cyan even have a lightweight model for a complete of eight ink cartridges.
The proprietary Epson inks are what they name Ultrachrome, pigmented inks, and have as much as 200+ years colorfast score on Epson media in archival situations.
The print heads spray out ink droplets at three picoliters, which is extraordinarily small, and produce the smoothest, virtually unbelievably sharp prints.
I run a excessive finish portrait studio in Honolulu, Hawaii, and am very explicit concerning the high quality of the merchandise I ship to my purchasers. So explicit in reality that I held out on altering to digital seize and output till I may see with my very own eyes, and with my very own photographs that digital may no less than match what I used to be getting with a medium format damaging and moist lab course of prints. That occurred in 2000.
So in 2000 I switched from movie to digital seize, however nonetheless had most of my work printed by moist lab course of. Only canvas prints I might have printed on an Epson professional printer, and people I additionally had completed by an out of doors printer service. Back then the mannequin was 9600 or 7600, and whereas the inks had been pigmented, they weren’t Ultrachrome. That got here later.
My first Epson professional printer was a Stylus Pro 1700, which printed as much as 17″ large. Like it is massive brother the 9700, and now the 9800, the 1700 additionally printed on a wide range of media and would deal with sheets or rolls.
It’s simple sufficient to search for all of the technical knowledge for these printers, so let me let you know concerning the high quality, reliability and repair.
After lower than a 12 months the 1700 developed an issue with the print heads that could not be solved by the Epson technician over the telephone directing me in operating cleansing after which “energy cleansing” cycles. So the answer was to switch the printer.
To facilitate the alternative, Epson Fed Ex’d a brand new printer to me immediately. All I needed to do was to pack the defective printer into the field the brand new one shipped in, and have Fed Ex choose it up. The alternative did not value me one dime! Epson paid every thing together with transport.
The new 1700 ran completely for over a 12 months and a half earlier than I made a decision to purchase the brand new 9800. In truth the 1700 remains to be going robust now, one other two years after I purchased the 9800.
I’ve had the 9800 now for 2 years, and whereas it’s previous the guarantee interval, Epson nonetheless supplies tech assist over the telephone any time I want it…weekdays and enterprise hours.
Primarily I print on Epson’s Ultra Premium 260 gm satin end picture paper, and Epson’s Premier Art Canvas, however the Stylus Pro printers will even print on all kinds of papers and even vinyl and backlit materials.
To say that I’m happy with the printer is a gross understatement! I like the prints I get with it, and so do my purchasers. It is straightforward to make use of and has required no upkeep in any respect so long as I’ve had it.
The inks are quite expensive, however the paper is affordable while you evaluate with gentle delicate picture papers and chemical substances for moist lab course of. And while you evaluate the price of supplies, (ink and paper), to what it’s important to pay a lab to provide prints, it is a cut price.
To me, the largest benefit is that I’ve full management over my photographs and remaining prints. I not need to cope with uppity picture lab personnel and declining high quality management. Yes, it takes extra of my time, however as an artist the standard of the merchandise I ship is paramount, so it is nicely definitely worth the little additional time I’ve to place in.
The Epson Stylus Pro 9800 is the most effective printer I’ve ever seen, and produces the best high quality prints I’ve ever seen. At $5000 to $6000 it’s a superb funding. If it is ok for the Smithsonian Institute, it is ok for me!