How equipment affects results

I was struck by all of the geometric lines. This is outside the Hatch Art Studios in downtown Springfield. (c) 2018 Eric Anderson

I’ve used Epson printers for quite some time.  Partially, this is because of historical laziness. Back in the day when dot-matrix printers ruled, Epson made the best ones. In many ways they still do. Epson’s small photo printers often do an amazing job.

Their wide-format printers, though, often proved a hassle. Paper jams, ink clogs followed me through at least three different models. Try as I might, I could never get my Epson 2000 to handle paper heavier than 200 gsm although it supposedly could. Last year, when we sold the house and moved to a smaller condo, I also sold the 2000 and planned to send larger format work to a commercial printer.

Sneaky Canon had different plans for me. Last June, Adorama started running a sale that was too good. Essentially, after rebate and freebies, I could get a Pixma Pro-100 for around $50. This is normally a $500 printer. So, I cleared off a space in the garage and waited. 

This is not a tiny printer. It’s compact and highly functional, but the shipping weight was 69 pounds and it took two of us to get it in place. The only real hitch I had in getting it set-up came from Canon expecting me to use the accompanying CD and my MacBook does not have a player.

As a part of the package, Adorama included 50 sheets of Canon 13×19 semi-gloss paper. Mostly, I had been using Epson A3 (11.7″ x 16.5″) because it’s generally widely available. The limitation, of course, is the largest “standard” image size is 11×14.

After making several 11×14 prints on a 13×19 sheet of paper, the process seemed wasteful. So, I started changing proportions and discovered that 11×17 prints on 13×19 paper provide a nice 2 inch border and have an amazing punch. The downside is that 13×19 is not a standard frame size, so I’ll have to do some digging for a supplier.

To bring this back to the image, this is an 11×17 that I think looks much better in those proportions than as an 11×14. Changing the printer changed some of my perspective.