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black & white prints

any advice on printers for good black & white prints?

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7/11/2007 8:09:23 PM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/6/2004
  If your printing from digital rather than film I recommend They have paper specifically for black and white (and I love my prints from them).

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7/11/2007 11:35:59 PM

John Rhodes
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/24/2005
  Herbert, I think you are asking about a printer you can use at home rather than an on-line print service. If so, I have the HP B9180 which prints outstanding B&W up to 13" x 19" as well as superior color images.

Also, you would not go wrong with Epsons line of printers that use individual ink cartridges.


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7/12/2007 10:07:08 AM

Suzanne Colson
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/31/2006
  It also boils down to how much you want to spend? The newer Epson and Canon printers have additional ink tanks for Black and White printing. For instance the Epson R1800 has a Photo Black and Matte Black cartridge in addition to the color cartridges. The Epson 2400 has a Photo Black, Matte Black, Light Light Black, and Light Black cartridge. $549 and $849. I have seen some black and whites from these and they are outstanding. When my Canon dies I am tempted to try Epson.

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7/12/2007 11:02:33 AM

John P. Sandstedt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/8/2001
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  Any of the major manufacturers [Canon, Epson and HP] make injet printers that are capable of great B&Ws. Much more important is how you edit you images, assuring great contrast and sharpness.

Once you have such a file, you need to print it on excellent paper. You need to do someexperiementing. Archival papers are great but costly. General photo papers are usually inadequate.

I love Ilford Gallerie Pearl and Ilford Gallerie Smooth Heavyweight Matte.

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7/12/2007 2:46:15 PM

Herbert    Thanks everyone....I have been having good luck with the epson 1800 and color prints on epson enhanced matte paper. I have read about some printers that excel especially with black & white, tho. Was hoping to get a line on them. Thanks....Bert

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7/12/2007 6:58:43 PM

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