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Hello to all! I've been lurking for a while now and enjoying the immense amount of info being thrown around by all of you. I've found a truly great list! Well after strugling with a very low end Compaq inkjet, I've finally took that big step and moved on to an Epson 870. I have Epsons at work but I really wanted my own. I've been a photographer in one form or another since I was a teenager ( I'm now 51 ) and had always been old world in my phylosophy about photography as a craft and art form. I will never ever go digital, I used to say. Having specialized in pictorial photography and trying to emulate, with a great deal of effort, the great pictorial photographers of this century, Iwould simply laugh at those guys with those little "toy" digital cameras. How can anyone do any real work with those gadjets. Well, all I can say is that I'm humble enough to swallow my words, hoping not to many people actually heard me muttering them. So, Now I have a Nikon 990 and a bunch of other peripherals which now include the Epson 870. To make this boring story short, the Epson 870 is nothing short of phenomenal!!! I have printed out some 7"x10s from original files shot on the nikon, formated at around 300 dpi on Premium Glossy and they are nothing short of fantastic. My monitor was calibrated using Adoby Gamma and the files manipulated with Photoshop 5.0. The funny thing is that I had not noticed that I had not set my printing conditions for the best print output possible. I had it in bi directional printing, and at 740 dpi rather than 1440 dpi. I did manage to chose the correct paper type at least. Hey, I was pretty damn excited with my new toy. It nevertheless turned out great. I was left with my jaw hanging when the first print came out of the printer. I then reprinted it, this time making sure I had properly set it up for optimum printing conditions and once again, I was shocked with the results. Now you must understand that I have been using a Compaq LJ300 wich used a Lexmark type cart with built in printing nozzles. This damn things run $39.95 a shot produce fairly pronounced banding pattern and ink dots. Now I am actually in hog heaven paying only $19 a for the 5 color 870 cart. The only reason I will still use the older printer is that I been using refill ink on my Lexmark/Compaq carts and so far I have saved a fortune. I can still use it for all of those mundane printing jobs that would be below the Epson's capabilities. I burn a lot of CD's with all of my images and I like to create nice cd labels and jewel box fronts. I printed some on the Epson using fast print and only photo 340 dpi setting and they were better than my other printer was producing at so called 600 dpi. This printer is fabulous. You'll have to excuse my exuberance, but you see, I had always thought that true photographic quality was not possible on an inkject. I had seen what so called photo printers were producing and I was very doubtful of all such printers. I am a believer now!! Thanks for letting me vent!! Jose - *Please* turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for instructions.
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