SASKATOON, SK, Apr 25, 2014/ Troy Media/ – I made the switch to digital cameras as soon as they came out and haven’t regretted it very much, except for when it comes to dealing with the photos I take. I’ve found that the problem with digital photos is that I never print them out and now that I’ve got thousands of the things on my computer I don’t look at them anymore, nor do I show them to anyone. So “what’s the point of taking pictures at all, if nobody will ever see them” is a common topic of conversation around our house.
Epson’s newest Stylus Photo R2000 answers that particular question and a lot more. It’s the bottom of the line (if there is such a thing with these printers), at $499.99, of their professional quality Stylus Photo devices that run up to nearly $900.
Not for the faint of heart or the average user, these printers are designed for those who are looking for the best quality possible at a decent price. If I was serious about printing all those images at the best quality possible and at a decent price, then this is the printer I’d want. A serious photographer or professional would want this printer to present their images in the best way possible at an affordable price.
The R2000 isn’t small by any means, weighing in at 12.5 kg, and it takes a whack of desk space at 62.23cm W x 32.5cm D x 21,8cm H. The printer can work on a Mac or PC, handle stock up to 1.3mm thick and up to 13” wide by 44” long. The eight extra capacity ink cartridges are rated at 50 per cent more capacity than regular-sized ink cartridges, and they come in Photo Black, Matte Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Red, Orange and a Gloss Optimizer. The addition of a red and orange ink makes for outstanding flesh tone reproduction.
The colour reproduction is amazing, and Epson’s patented UltraChrome inks dry fast and are archival quality. The print resolution is an optimized 5760 x 1440 dpi, and the ink droplet size is as small as 1.5 picolitres for extremely fine quality images. It prints on a huge selection of paper stocks and also on DVD/CDs and there are no fewer than three ways to feed paper into the printer. It’s also a PictBridge compatible device, so you can print directly from your camera.
The R2000 uses Epson’s AccuPhoto HG imaging technology to offer unbelievable smooth colour transitions and beautiful highlight and shadow detail. The R2000 can be directly connected to your computer via USB. It’ll also use Ethernet, and best of all, an 802.11n Wi-Fi connection, so there’s a way to get the printer effortlessly on your network, whether at home or the office.
Because there’s no LCD panel, you need to connect it to your computer via USB to get it set up, and the lack of any kind of memory card slot restricts the ways you can print to the device.
This is the perfect for those who take their photography seriously – fantastic quality images that last a lifetime for a decent price.
The Epson Photo Stylus R2000 isn’t the fastest printer on the block by any stretch of the imagination, but when you consider the high quality of the images produced, it’s still pretty impressive – after all, this printer isn’t designed for speed; it’s designed for high quality.
PROS:Amazing print quality, archival prints, large paper sizes, three paper feeds, Wi-Fi connection works well, decently priced for professionals or serious photographers.
CONS:No LCD to program,no memory card slots.
TO SUM IT UP:The Epson Photo Stylus R2000 is a terrific medium-format printer for professionals or serious home users that can print on a wide array of paper sizes and thicknesses, doesn’t cost a ton of money to operate and because the extra inks offer a wider colour gamut, produces really great, clear, true-to-life images.
Troy Media columnist Murray Hill reviews products weekly. You can follow Murray on Twitter at @MurrayDHill.
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