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Epson Stylus Photo R2880

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Epson Stylus Photo R2880 weighs 26.9 lb and measures 24.3“ (W) x 12.7” (D) x 8.4“ (H). Epson Stylus Photo R2880 printer can print exhibition quality prints due to usage of Epson UltraChrome K3™ technology. Its Radiance™ technology helps to achieve smoother prints and improves highlight/shadow details.

Epson Stylus Photo R2880 has a Nozzle Configuration of 180 nozzles (per cartridge) and the Ink Palette consists of an 8-color (Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, Vivid Light Magenta, Light Black…

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Epson Stylus Photo R2880 weighs 26.9 lb and measures 24.3“ (W) x 12.7” (D) x 8.4“ (H). Epson Stylus Photo R2880 printer can print exhibition quality prints due to usage of Epson UltraChrome K3™ technology. Its Radiance™ technology helps to achieve smoother prints and improves highlight/shadow details.

Epson Stylus Photo R2880 has a Nozzle Configuration of 180 nozzles (per cartridge) and the Ink Palette consists of an 8-color (Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Yellow, Light Cyan, Vivid Light Magenta, Light Black, Light Light Black, and Matte or Photo Black) with an Ink Cartridge Configuration of 8 individual ink cartridges.

Epson Stylus Photo R2880 print speeds vary from 1 min 36 sec (SuperFine Mode) and 2 min 18 sec (Photo Mode) for a 8“ x 10” photo and about 2 min 36 sec (SuperFine Mode) and 3 min 55 sec (Photo Mode) for a 11“ x 14” photo. Stylus Photo R2880 can print pictures with a maximum resolution of 5760 x 1440 optimized dpi. Epson Stylus Photo R2880 uses 3 picoliters Advanced MicroPiezo print head with AMC (Advanced Meniscus Control) which can produce up to 3 different droplet sizes per line.

This printer supports a wide variety of papers including plain paper, Epson Bright White Paper, Presentation Paper Matte, Premium Presentation Paper Matte, Premium Presentation Paper Matte Double-sided, Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte, Photo Paper Glossy, Premium Photo Paper Glossy, Premium Photo Paper Semi-gloss, Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster, Exhibition Fiber Paper, Watercolor Paper Radiant White, Velvet Fine Art Paper, UltraSmooth® Fine Art Paper, Premium Canvas Satin, Premium Canvas Matte, PremierArt™ Matte Scrapbook Photo Paper and ink jet printable CDs/DVDs. The maximum allowed paper thickness is about 1.3 mm thick (Straight through, Manual — Front paper path). This printer offers special Media Support such as Roll paper: 8.3“ and 13” rolls, Fine art paper: Manual – Roll paper path (rear) and Direct CD/DVD printing.

This printer is compatible with both Windows®: Windows Vista®, XP Professional x64, XP, and 2000 and Macintosh®: Mac OS® X 10.3.9, 10.4.x – 10.5.x. Epson Stylus Photo R2880 has two Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (2 ports) and one PictBridge™ port Print CD and also provide an Epson Print CD software. Epson Stylus Photo R2880 comes with a one-year limited warranty in the U.S. and Canada.

Review Summary

As of last week, I am the proud owner of an Epson Stylus Photo R2880. I never had my own photo printer - much less one that could print a large 13x19 inch print. I always had more confidence in “REAL PHOTO PRINTS” and felt better about delivering those to my clients. But after just a few days of working with this printer, I have been astounded by the quality of prints, and now I plan on delivering R2880 prints to everyone! They are just so much better than the processed prints I have been buying from labs.

My first glance at it, as I opened the box, showed a stylish looking printer. As I took it out I felt how heavy it was. It feels like a printer that was made with heavy duty parts. The trays are thick, not flimsy, like I see on some printers. The set-up was easy, as well as the installation of software.

I am primarily a portrait photographer and body painting artist. My files that don't include the body paint are most often black and white, and I had heard the claims of beautiful black and white prints off the Epson Stylus Photo R2880. So I was very anxious to try some out.

My first print was outstanding. The black and white print was completely neutral without any adjustment to the file. The details in the shadows were more visible than in the “real photo prints” I had just got back from the commercial lab I was using. The details were outstanding and smooth gradients too.

Now it was time to print out some color images. My portraits contain a lot of skin-tones as well as the rich bright colors from the body make-up. In the past, if I bumped up the colors so the body make-up would look bright, the skin tone looked over-saturated, sometimes too warm. Get the skin-tone correct, and the body make-up would not look as bright as I wanted it to. Using my new 2880, I took a file with no adjustment for printing and printed it out. The colors were bright and vibrant, especially in the magenta and blue hues. The skin tone was great, not too warm. I knew that the printer inks EPSON used in this printer were supposed to be brighter, but I assumed it might be such a slight difference that your eye would not really even notice. Boy, was I wrong.

I took these prints to a professional commercial photographer friend of mine. He had been printing with the Epson Stylus Photo 2200. He has had it for a few years now, and was very happy with the prints he made from it. I showed him the prints I did from the Epson Stylus Photo R2880, and he was amazed. He asked if I could print a few of his files on my 2880 to compare to his existing 2200 prints. I printed out 3 of his images, which happened to be food shots. We compared the three new prints to his and I wish you could have seen his eyes - they were as big as saucers. The subtle value changes and gradients were easily noticeable in all the prints. The color of the food looked brighter and more appealing. He says to me, “I guess it's time for me to upgrade.”

I have a new outlook on printing at home, even including large 13x19 inch prints, and I don't have to deal with the damage to my prints from shipping from a lab.

Jeff Edney Photographer and Body Painting Artist Virginia beach, VA www.jeffedneystudios.com

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