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on Dec 8, 2010 in Digital Darkroom, Technology

The Epson 4900 – Damn!

Holly Cow, this is a gorgeous printer! Since my quick mention of it last week, I’ve received a whole lot of inquiries in regards to the new Epson 4900 and rightly so. My reason for wanting this printer is faster printing speed with the quality of the Epson 7900 but able to sheet feed to create the match prints needed for submissions and the smaller fine art print. I can honestly say it exceeds my expectations (and blows away the 3880). The heart of this is the new ink and ink set. Espon describes it as

Epson UltraChrome HDR represents the latest generation of pigment ink technology. Now utilizing ten colors – including an all-new Orange and Green – Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink produces the widest color gamut ever from an Epson Stylus Pro printer. Even more remarkable, when combined with our new Epson AccuPhoto™ HDR screening technology, Epson has once again raised the level of print quality, while setting a new benchmark standard for photographic reproduction.

Our advanced Epson MicroPiezo TFP print head is capable of producing higher quality prints, at speeds up to twice as fast as our previous generation. And, with our latest ink-repelling coating and auto nozzle verification technologies, clogged nozzles are virtually eliminated.

I’ve been printing on UltraSmooth Fine Art and Premium Luster so far but have a bunch of Cold Press ready to go for my next round of testing. I wish I could show you the quality on the web but its meager sRGB color space won’t even show off the dramatic color of this printer. It comes with a decent supply of ink to get you started but I would recommend when you order the printer, order a set of inks because the 4900 makes printing so easy and so much fun, you’ll not be able to stop. Order your 4900, ink and paper from Jeff at Adorama, he’ll take really good care of you!