Stylus Photo 2100 8/10.
Date Posted 31/08/2003.
Digital cameras have improved hugely over the years, with 5 megapixel
cameras capable of producing decent A3 sized (and maybe) Super A3
sized prints. However, not very many printers have been capable
of producing true photo quality results. This printer really can
produce photo quality prints at sizes upto Super A3.
most inkjet printers, the Epson uses a different ink cartridge for
each colour it uses. This ensures that you do not waste as much
ink. In all there are 7 different colours, plus you have the option
of replacing Photo Black with Matte Black when printing on Archival
Matte Paper. Epson claim that inks used by this printer on Semi-Gloss
should be fade proof for 25 years, and when printing on Archival
Matter paper this time is even longer, depending upon how much light
they are exposed too. This should address a major concern from professional
photographers needing long lasting digital prints.
prefered the cheaper Archival Matter paper, when printing black
and white, but the Semi-Gloss paper (50p per A4 sheet) was much
better for colour photos. In any case, swapping from Photo Black
to Matte Black can be done on-the-fly (it also requires a change
to the driver settings). If it weren't for the price of the paper
and the ink cartridges I would would have given this printer 10/10.
However, to be fair the price of consumables is a problem with all
inkjets, but it would have been nice to have cheaper consumables
on a more expensive printer like this (around 500 pounds).
to my old Stylus Colour 1520, the print speed is far better. Printing
at 1440 dpi produced very good quality prints, and I could not really
tell the difference between them and 2880 dpi (except the ink consumption
and time). However, when printing the odd display print I usually
go for 2880 dpi. In both cases the dots are very small and invisible
to my eye.
quality is so good, that it can do justice to any input source.
The only problem is that it shows up the imperfections from your
you need professional prints that give you digital prints that are
as good as film (or sometimes better depending on your source),
this should be your first stop. The ability to handle Super A3 and
A3 paper is a great bonus for displaying your work.