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epson p900 review

I’ve not used a Win PC for many years, so I don’t know there I’m afraid. Keith buys his UK used camera equipment and lenses from: MPB and Park Cameras, Site update: Thanks for everyone's support - work is still very sparse, but at least I've lots of videos, articles and reviews to write - if you've any suggestions or questions, please just let me know - Keith & Karen, Using the right professional photographer, Architecture, interior and construction photography, High Resolution Images and Panoramic Photography, Location based industrial product photography,  new box weighed 110g whilst the full one weighed 365g, very wide gamut test image (the Roman 16 set of images – from my i1Profiler installation), There is a new 10 channel print head, which has allowed the addition of a violet ink. That’s enough for a good number of prints, but those indicators are still on the wrong side of half full for my liking. Eventually the printer will declare itself ready. This means the paper (print surface) rests on those grey rollers. As with the P700 carts – empty really did mean empty. The violet ink has been an option for some larger format printers, such as the 17″. I’ll just use the cut option here, since I want to print again. The P900 is a significantly new 17″ (A2 )printer. In the example below, I’ve selected Epson premium luster paper and the correct profile has been automatically selected (this is optional).  If you use the Epson Media Installer to create or install media types, there is the option of specifying a profile to be picked when choosing your custom media. This is shown in the Photoshop Image Size dialog  – note that the Resample box is -not- checked. I’ll use the example of a borderless A2 test print I made to show the display in use. Epson Surecolor P900 Reviews. The full ABW range of settings are available, but experience has told me that leaving these at their defaults is almost always best. P900 prices: UK £1086.99 (inc VAT) | US $1195, Buy via B&H in the US I’ve profiles available for some – they are available on request strictly for non-commercial use. There is a guide to installation via the front screen (see the article/video for more). That means for people asking me is the ‘image quality’ of the P900 much better than before, then the simple answer is – of course it isn’t.  We are at the point of diminishing returns, where if I could make excellent prints with the P800, then there’s no such thing as ‘super double excellent’ to apply to the P900. Once the paper  is loaded, details appear on the front screen.  Note that the width is the detected width of the paper – in the printer driver, you just select 16″ roll paper. The worst was A4 Epson Prem. I would not suggest getting a spare maintenance cart when you get your first replacement ink carts. Most paper, up to moderately thick art paper will use the top feed slot. I also can’t easily lift it myself… A P5000 update with no black switch and the P7500 type print head would be an interesting device. Entire site and contents © Copyright 2003-21 Keith Cooper |. Print Email. No graphs? The features I like: ability to print poster board, roll paper as I make a lot of panoramas. Quick question: does the P900 support periodic head auto cleaning like the P5000 did? Luster, which just wouldn’t stack and feed at all. Is there an option to lift the print head? printing via Photoshop) has ‘Borderless retain size’ and ‘Borderless auto expand’ as print options. It’s a bit like making coffee with a moka or listening to vinyl…it’s not just the final result that counts, but the whole ritual involved. However, just what constitutes ‘noticeable’ is a very big question ;-) There are several versions available for people wanting to use it for detailed measurements, although it’s still primarily meant to allow a quick visual identification of B&W print quality. Given the ink cart size and similarities in price, I’m going to suggest that a lot of people looking to get a P700, give some serious thought to the P900. This panoramic print is printed on a lustre paper with a custom paper size, directly from Photoshop, using the ABW mode. We must say, however, that if we drop this in the real world, for what we have seen before (i.e. My main concern is the nozzle’s clogging up during periods of low useage. There are essentially 5 different quality settings, the first two at 1440×720 resolution, the mid or ‘high quality’ one at 1440×1440 and two higher ones at 5760×1440. A single sheet of plain paper will suffice. I recently swapped my ink cartridges on my epson 3640 to refillable cartridges with sublimation ink. The printer has its own web pages, which duplicate some of the device the settings you can access from the front panel. You may benefit from making a custom media setting for it, based on whatever media setting is recommended for profiling, but with a thicker setting – see about half way through the review for more about this. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. The posterboard setting increases clearance for the print head. I like the light inside – you realise how useful it is, when using a printer that doesn’t have it. I’d suggest being careful if you want several sheets loading in the top feed, since some A4 Premium Luster paper just wasn’t happy with multiple sheets, whilst a cheap glossy photo paper could be stacked 20-30 deep. It wasn’t often a problem for me, just an annoyance I could do without. You can just print on whatever paper you want, without worrying whether the printer is set up for photo or matt papers. The printer’s screen is both useful and with a clear interface. However, a lot depends on the details of just what it is you are proofing and the precision/standards you require. This article is not supported or sponsored in any way by the two brands mentioned: they have not provided any material or support for its drafting. Long panoramic prints – yes, this is a good reason (what are you going to do with them BTW?). I know from detailed measurements that there are some slight differences between this setting with the ‘Black Enhance Overcoat’ option picked. Never miss a new article or review - Sign up for our occasional (ad-free) Newsletter and Keith's YouTube Channel. However, even with my specialist B&W test image I’d be hard pushed to get anyone to tell the difference. 17-inch A2+ Epson SureColor SC-P900 photo printer (Image credit: Epson) The SC-900 and SC-700 offer the smallest footprint and lightest weight in their respective classes, and have … Do you foresee any problems using the printer to simulate small press, small run, applications? The front loading tray pulls out a short distance. The P900 has an optional roll paper unit that attaches to the rear. I’ve used roll paper printers since 2003 and they have all had a spindle to support the roll paper. Back to 2020 and technology has moved on a bit. Unfortunately the search is not very smart, so my ‘P900’ isn’t good enough. It may be that my beloved long exposures lend themselves well to cotton papers, but I will never tire of suggesting this paper to those who want to print. You may notice the ‘Gloss smoothing’ option is greyed out in the settings. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. It’s an interesting form of false colours which needs careful lighting to photograph – seen here on Epson premium luster paper on part of my test image. Hi Keith, I am also a proud owner of a P900 and I am very happy; just two issues are causing some headache. The P900 uses a similar amount for setup, and leave noticeably more in the carts than the P700. This isn’t a complaint, it’s because the P800 was a great printer to use, so how do you make a vast change to something that’s already good? 24 W | Sleep Mode: approx. Here’s the basic display, showing ink levels and time left to print. The Epson SureColor® printers now run … This is a P700 cart. This could be the head height, time to dry or detection of paper size.  Paper size detection for example lets you do overprinting, so the printer doesn’t get confused by existing print on the paper (see the article comments for more about this). The top feed did show some light leading edge marking on some soft art papers – these were probably a bit too thick and perhaps best fed from the front. The installer will connect to and check your printer for what is installed – so the printer has to be on. As always the duel between the titans at the end is between Canon and Epson with their respective flagships for this size: the not so young Canon iPF PRO-1000 and the brand new Epson SC-P900. As the warning on the screen points out – do not turn the printer off when updating firmware. Since gsm has a loose association with thickness it would be better if Epson actually specified these recommendations? I’ve covered the setting up of the printer in much more detail in my ‘Setting up the P900 printer‘ article. Keith has written a book that looks at the many ways that tilt/shift lenses can benefit your photography from a technical and creative point of view. As you know one of the prerequisites to print correctly is to profile our printer (and therefore the whole printer body + ink load) for the paper we want to use. Something I normally leave a while, but can be done after setup, is a head alignment. With any new printer I like to start with printing known good test images (Colour and B&W) on a paper from the paper manufacturer, using printer profiles from the manufacturer. Just a reminder – do check the discs are OK for inkjet printing – the wrong ones will still be wet with ink when the tray comes back out. I’ll use the default ‘darker’ setting for ABW for printing these. One thing I look for in B&W printing is linearity. The paper is fed centrally with the P900. A picture I took whilst testing the new Laowa 15mm shift lens. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. Am I going to resample it to 360 ppi (pixels per inch) or some other ‘magic’ number to better match the printer? The roll unit is another bit of nifty design, but do think of why you want to print, and of what. Thank You. The ink set does slightly expand the gamut of the P900 from the P800, but images which clearly show it will be few and far between. Whilst a sheet of paper might be bent up/down as it comes out, any stiff media (especially poster board) will hit a wall pretty hard. I confess that even here unfortunately I am surprised by the Epson SC-P900 (in green in the graphs below) that promises on the website “deeper blacks” but unfortunately can not reach the same level as the Canon iPF PRO-1000 (in red in the graphs below). The SureColor P700 and P900 printers include a new set of Epson UltraChrome PRO10 inks. The print head paper sensor decides that part of the previous image is the paper edge and enforces paper margins from that point. Some paper suppliers offer papers cut in wide ‘panoramic’ aspect ratios. Sort: Clear All. In a word: Gamut. Unless of course I remembered to write down settings on the back. The (free) EPL software is easy to use and offers both ICC and ABW print modes. I might create a profile for a paper and in the process try two different Epson media settings. Another reminder that the media will come out the back of the printer…. Only two (short) cleanings were required – one after leaving the printer unused for well over a week and one after a few days which included a very significant change in the weather. As a side note if the P800 also is free of that silly limit I might look for a second hand one. so receive commission on any purchases you make. This perhaps seems excessive, but I do a lot of testing of different papers and printers, so it really helps ensure consistency and not wasting paper with incorrect or subtly altered print settings. Remove – simply winds the paper back onto the roll ready to remove from the printer (with print on the paper), Printing Technology: Advanced MicroPiezo AMC 10-channel, drop-on-demand printhead with ink-repelling coating technology, Maximum Print Resolution: 5760 x 1440 dpi, Print Speed: 8.5″ x 11″ print: 1 min 29 sec, 13″ x 19″ print: 2 min 23 sec4, Minimum Ink Droplet Size: 1.5 picoliters; Variable Droplet Technology can produce up to three different dot sizes per line, Nozzle Configuration: Color and monochrome heads; 180 nozzles x 10, Ink Type: UltraChrome PRO10 pigment ink; 10-ink, 10-color Cyan, Light Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Vivid Light Magenta, Yellow, Gray, Light Gray, Violet, Photo Black and Matte Black, Fade Resistance / Print Longevity: Color: up to 200 years; Black-and-white: up to 400 years3, Ink Cartridge Shelf Life: 2 years from printed production date or 6 months after opened Printer is designed for use with Epson cartridges only, not third-party cartridges or ink *5, Maximum Paper Width: 17″, Max. On the other hand, the victory of the Canon iPF PRO-1000 on the warm tones that are so dear to landscape photographers for sunrises and sunsets (where it’s easy to find some high-saturated situations) is overwhelming. This is a larger and higher quality screen than the P800 and feels far better designed from a usability and functionality point of view. I suspect this will be some 40-50 large prints, but a lot depends on how big you print and your use of borderless printing. An absolutely subjective and understandable choice. The latter should be dictated by artistic intent rather than by paper size. For my printing I’ve used Photoshop (CS6) and the Epson Print Layout (EPL) software. I can also see details of the printer driver settings being used. Whatever the origins, this new ink set works well, giving me lots of crisp, high quality prints to look at. As long as you don’t power down the printer, it will store details of recent print jobs. That’s why over time I started to explore the beautiful world of glossy and lustre papers. New P900 arrived end of October from a Feb order. There is some more info about EPL below, but the majority of my printing was from Photoshop. Looking at what worked best, it seems the printer does not like sheets with much curl. Ultrachrome PRO10 Cyan Ink Cartridge, 50ML (T46Y200) Ultrachrome PRO10 Cyan Ink Cartridge, 50ML (T46Y200) $41.99. It’s definitely important to keep the roll unit clean and dust free. If you want to see more about setting up and using the roll paper unit there is an article and video: There is a small flap at the back of the printer which flips down. Top Rated Gear: Epson SureColor P900 17" Wide Format Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer MFR: C11CH37201. The printer has Ethernet (10/100), USB (3) and WiFI connectivity (2.4 and 5). The screen is of good quality and fine detail. By all means experiment, if you have suitable supplies of paper and ink, but do step back every so often and be honest in evaluating what you see. Switching to Q4 gives a slightly more linear response, but at the cost of a slight reduction in Dmax. The P900 removes the need to swap black inks for matte and glossy papers (mk/pk switch). Buy now & save $100. The P900 is very similar to the 13″ P700 which I’ve reviewed in similar detail. For example see my test of a lustre paper from my Fotospeed Panoramic paper review using the 17″ width Epson P5000. All of that said, here is a quandary I’m running into: Seems the P900 gets its paper size margins confused when overprinting a new image on top of a previously printed image. On the contrary, this article focuses on one of the fundamental characteristics of a printer in my opinion, which is the ability of the printer/ink/paper combination to reproduce colors on a defined paper support. It’s also a higher colour temperature than the warm lighting where I’m testing, so colours may look worse in some of my quick photos here. The top feed seems more troubled by curved papers. Thanks for that I’m just showing the Mac info, but Windows will work just as well (we don’t have any PCs), The setup is quite smart with different options and interrogating your network if needed. Bluedogink.com is a leading provider of printer, printer supplies, office and paper products. Menus are clear and easy to use with the touch interface. Is it the result of a correct Color Management?) Technological progress is unstoppable, however, and after almost 10 years of honorable service I was thinking of sending it into well-deserved retirement to move to new generation products still based on pigment inks, but that allow me to achieve larger gamuts (in other words and brutally said, to print more colors). Note that this is without the optional roll unit attached to the rear. 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