Exciting times – new printer arrives

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I’ve been using an Epson 2100 printer for many years to make all of my prints. It’s been very reliable and makes great prints. It’s still in perfect condition but I’ve been forced to stop using it by Epson, who have stopped making ink for it.

So I now have a shiny new Epson P600. I wish I could say it’s Epson’s latest model but it’s been around for years. It would have been nice if I could have waited until they launched a brand new model so I don’t get in the same situation again with the inks.

First print
The first print finished – it was perfect

First impressions:

  • A little bigger and more heavily built than the 2100 and perhaps seems more sturdy
  • Both the Photo and Matte black inks are permanently installed (good) but you still need to flush the lines when you change between matte and photo black (bad)
  • It can take about five minutes to start printing when you do the first print of the day – it just sits there chuntering and whining doing who knows what before it starts to pull the paper through
  • Installation was a breeze and the first print I made was perfect
  • Colour and sharpness are noticeably better than the 2100
  • Printing is a little quicker than the 2100

I’m using Epson canned profiles whereas I had a custom profile made for me for the 2100. Looks like I’ll stick with the canned ones (at least for Epson paper) because results are so good.

It also comes with a free ColorMunki monitor profiler. It’s a shame I already have an X-Rite i1 profiler so I don’t actually need another one but it would be a nice bonus for anyone who doesn’t yet have one. The ColorMunki is a discontinued item (hence why Epson are giving them away, I suppose) but I’m sure it’s still very useful.

What's in the box
What’s in the box – a ColorMunki monitor profiler is also included

I’m also now in possession of three trial variety packs of Fotospeed paper to try different surfaces and see if I like them better than Epson paper. I’m quite excited.

Nine inks
There are now nine inks vs. seven for the 2100 – that’s going to be expensive when I need refills

Let’s print again, like we did last summer

Epson printer ink costs more, gram for gram, than gold. Seriously. Actually not. Today’s gold price is £23.38 per gram. Epson ink is £21 for 17 grams (17ml cartridges). I’ve heard the ink/gold comparison many times and always assumed it was true, it certainly sounded plausible. Whatever, printer ink in 17ml cartridges is ruinously expensive. When I had a proper job and did photography as a hobby I could afford a regular fix. Now, I have to justify it from sales. I’ve been fortunate to have made a few (literally, just a few) sales recently. I also got some birthday money yesterday (the big 5-0). So I’ve splashed out on a full set and I can do another print run to replenish stock. I might have enough left over to do some personal prints of work in progress, though I doubt it.