#71 – More New Stuff

Posted: January 17th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

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SHOW NOTES:
Ona Brooklyn Camera Bag
Old Nikon Bag
Lightroom Beta
Bill’s Lightroom Beta Blog Post
Fuji X Pro 1
Epson R3000 or R2880

This week, we chat about Bill’s Ona bag fetish, shopping for a new 13″ printer, our thoughts on the new Adobe Lightroom 4 beta, and more!

One Comment on #71 – More New Stuff

  1. 1 Prescott Perez-Fox said at 2:52 pm on January 20th, 2012:

    Regarding printers, I own an Epson R1900, which I got steeply discounted on Amazon a few years ago. Ultimately, it seems the R1900 was short-lived, as it came out just before the more popular R2400 and R2880. What I think happened is that lots of designers who owned the 1280/1290 finally bought a new printer after ten or so years. (I forget which is which between the 1280 and 1290, one is for Europe one is for N. America, and I owned both between grad school and coming home again). The problem with the R1900 is that the ink is impossible to come by on the retail side. Obviously, some planning would have me order it online, but there have been numerous occasions where I find myself with an interview the next day or something, and I’m out of light cyan, or whatever. A real nightmare since buying them means taking a trip into NYC to go to Tekserve, and having to full price + sales tax.

    The other problem with the R1900 — as with all printers I’m aware of — is that they won’t print unless all the inks are available. So even if you want to print matte paper, you need to have the Gloss Optimizer at an acceptable level. Same for printing in black-only, you still need the coloured inks to be non-empty.

    But the print quality is great for my needs. I print almost exclusively on matte paper, and thus never use the Gloss Optimizer, but it’s nice to know it’s there if I need it, and that with the right paper I can produce some really nice prints.

    Like Dan suggests, I also have a small monochrome laser printer, which I use pretty much everyday for something or other. It’s a crappy old HP LaserJet 4000 from 1998, so it’s starting to give me problems, but the idea of having a simple laser alongside a hi-end photo inkjet is definitely recommended. Do you know a specific model or brand seems to be superior? Cost-per-page is the main economic concern, but there’s also the headache concern. Considering how frustrating printing can be, the last thing I want is to be troubleshooting wi-fi connectivity with some non-existent manual on a badly translated from Japanese website.


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