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After a very busy season leading motorcycle tours, I'm settling in for the Vermont winter and getting ready to focus on photography again. A lot has happened since I last participated in the list (June?) and I learned a tremendous amount just combing through the archives. Like everyone and his brother (or sister) I want to be able to create high quality archival prints from my desktop. I've ruled out the 1270 and the 2000P because they can't yet use a CIS and I will be going through a lot of ink this winter. So the plan is to keep the 1160 as a quadtone printer (adding a CIS) and setting up the 1200 with Media Generations Enhanced 4 inks and a CIS (ordered that stuff this morning). Perusing the list I discovered that A) Generations seems to be the preferred archival ink and B) Glacier Matt seems to be a preferred paper for those inks (I'm also going to try Media Street's Aspen). For personal and some commercial work I've ordered a Canon D30 which arrives tomorrow. The files from that camera blow me away; best tonal transitions I've ever seen from a small format digital. As Michael Reichman has argued, this new camera truly rivals film. On my desk in front of me now is a print made from a D30 file on Epson heavy weight matte using stock inks on a 1200. It looks wonderful and the paper surface is quite nice. Using the Generations ink and Glacier paper, can I get close to what I'm looking at now? (I'll be profiling with Monaco but am a rank neophyte with profiling). In other words, if I'm trying for an Epson inks-esque gamut (and sense of three dimensionality) on a matt surface paper, am I on the right track? Input is very welcome on list or off. Once upon a time, I earned a degree in photography and worked as an exhibition printer and photographer. (I don't have much work up on the web but there are a couple pics at http://www.motorcycletours.com/northeastern/photographer.htm if anyone's interested). Beginning a new motorcycle touring business froze my photography work in the mid-nineties and it's just now thawing back out. I have all kinds of experience with silver prints but I'm just beginning to get Photoshop under control. Living out in the sticks as we do, there are not many folks doing digital work and I'm in the process of starting a small side business doing commercial digital photography, scanning and printing for local clients. As such, I need to get up to speed this winter. So, sorting through the rambling, here are my initial questions in a nutshell: 1. Is the Epson 1200 with CIS the right printer for archival color? 2. Are Generations inks still in favor? If not, what have folks been using successfully? 3. Which papers seem to profile well and work well for the Generations 4 inks? 4. Has anyone had a chance to compare the 2000P output with the Generations output? Results? 5. Can Monaco profile this stuff or will I need Horses? (now renamed to??) Any other advice? Please pile it on. Thanks in advance. Sean Reid Northeastern Motorcycle Tours New England, Adirondacks and Canadian Maritimes http://www.motorcycletours.com 802-869-3999 - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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