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Hey guys,

I'm looking for a photo printer to print 24" rolls of media. Does anyone have experience with that? From a quick search, I found this, though I'm not a huge fan of HP. Photographic quality is important and I'm willing to pay for quality but would like to keep the cost below $6,000. Any recommendations?

Thanks!

Edit: Also saw this model.
Edited by mortimersnerd - 5/12/12 at 10:23am
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What kind of volume are we talking?
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What kind of volume are we talking?

I'm estimating no more than 20 linear feet per day but would like the capacity to do 50 linear ft/day if needed.
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May be worth your while to check out using a print shop if you're planning on volume -- costs are gonna add up pretty fast.
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May be worth your while to check out using a print shop if you're planning on volume -- costs are gonna add up pretty fast.

I have looked into that. There are only two companies in the area that have the capability. The best quote is $350 per 20ft when I subtract the material costs at a rate I can get them at.
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$4.99/sq foot is what I sell at work.

I use this machine

http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Imageprograf-Ipf6100-Plotter/dp/B005T5HV2Q

It's a total douche when loading new media but beyond that it's pretty reliable.

Paper and ink is gonna kill you depending on what kind of paper you're looking at. My high gloss roll is 103ft long and runs close to $100. Ink I buy severely under cost but it's still almost $45 a cartridge.

Feel free to PM me with any questions smile.gif
    
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$4.99/sq foot is what I sell at work.
I use this machine
http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Imageprograf-Ipf6100-Plotter/dp/B005T5HV2Q
It's a total douche when loading new media but beyond that it's pretty reliable.
Paper and ink is gonna kill you depending on what kind of paper you're looking at. My high gloss roll is 103ft long and runs close to $100. Ink I buy severely under cost but it's still almost $45 a cartridge.
Feel free to PM me with any questions smile.gif

Do you know what the difference between that model and this one. The model you have is listed as a plotter while the other one linked is a "large format color printer". This will effectively be used for printing photos (though on a different media), is the model I linked going to offer a better image than the plotter? I think of plotters more in blue prints and related, not photographs.

I've already priced out the media to print to. It's pretty ridiculous how much it costs.

For ink, do you know if there's any data on how long the cartridges are suppose to last? I saw for the model I linked it's $50 for black and $60 for each color. I didn't look for any better deals though. To give me a rough idea of how much this is going to cost to use, do you have any info on how much you can print for the ink cost?
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Do you know what the difference between that model and this one. The model you have is listed as a plotter while the other one linked is a "large format color printer". This will effectively be used for printing photos (though on a different media), is the model I linked going to offer a better image than the plotter? I think of plotters more in blue prints and related, not photographs.
I've already priced out the media to print to. It's pretty ridiculous how much it costs.
For ink, do you know if there's any data on how long the cartridges are suppose to last? I saw for the model I linked it's $50 for black and $60 for each color. I didn't look for any better deals though. To give me a rough idea of how much this is going to cost to use, do you have any info on how much you can print for the ink cost?

I don't have exact numbers on the ink but I've done 20 full color prints for a customer and had to replace the PM, PC, M, and C in the machine. Those weren't full but they still registered as "full" in the canon program.

Now plotter vs large format I have no clue. However I do know that the canon you linked uses fewer cartridges then the 6100.
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The iPF6100 printer's ink set is comprised of 12 colors: four standard process colors with Photo Cyan and Photo Magenta; plus Red, Green, and Blue; Matte Black, Gray, and Photo Gray.

iPF6100LUCIA.jpg

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/printers_multifunction/professional_large_format_inkjet_printers/imageprograf_ipf6100#Features
    
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i owned an HP DesignJet 130nr for large format prints. prints and inks are consistent, easy to calibrate and can be sheet fed or fed in rolls.

it's the cheapest photo large format hp has but at this time i would look into something like the z3200.
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