Printer Suggestion

Greetings, I am looking for suggestions for a printer for my home studio. I have never printed from home, always sending out in the past. I would be thankful for any thoughts and suggestions. Thank you.

Richard

Hi Richard!

Great question. And exciting! In general, once you get above the level of “photo printers” you can purchase at stores like Costco and Target, you are in the realm of tech you can consider for great photo-quality prints. (Steer clear of “all-in-ones.”)

The most significant considerations you will need to weigh are the maximum size you want to be able to print, the price you’re willing to pay for the machine, and the price you’re willing to pay for ink.

Primarily, you’ll choose between print widths of 13" or 17" wide if you’re just getting started. OR if you have a super large budget and plan to print a WHOLE LOT, you could get up to 24", or even 48" wide with big roll printers.

In general, the more expensive the printer, the greater the number of ink tanks AND the more expensive each ink tank becomes. BUT the ink tanks are also a higher capacity with larger printers so they don’t need changing as often. It can even out when you’re in the low-to-mid range of printers, but it’s something to look at.

The lowest level printers I’d recommend for photo purposes are the Canon Pixma Pro-200 or the Epson SureColor P700. These both print outstanding 13" wide prints.

Next, I’d look at the Canon image PROGRAF PRO-1000 or the Epson SureColor P900 if you want to be able to print 17" wide. We use the Epson P800s (precursor to the 900s) at RMSP and they are amazing!

And if you want to go with an even more intense printer (I wouldn’t recommend starting with an enormous printer – they require a lot of care and maintenance), let me know when you get to SI and we can chat about what you might choose.

Happy printing! It’s a blast!

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