Recently our old HP 8450 decided that the HP cartridges we were using were no longer HP cartridges. Despite all my attempts to tell the stubborn device that they were really genuine HP cartridges, it refused to print using them. Frustrated and needing to print some documents, we ran over to Staples to get some new ink cartridges to see if that would fix the issue. Guess how much a new color and black cartridge for that 8450 was going to cost? Shoot high, you'll probably still underestimate, I know I did.
It was $75 for the new inks for an ancient printer! $75!? I can buy a new printer for that, and it comes with ink! So it got me thinking, and searching craigslist...
Now we still have an "old" printer, but it is a brand new looking Epson R2400.
I found it for $200 on craigslist, and it came with ink! More importantly, it lets Amy and I print our panorama shots at a fraction of the cost from our lab, and at a quality the old HP could only dream of, if it could have even printed that size in the first place. The design student that sold it to us also included a full roll of Epson premium luster paper, so it was a great deal.
Now I am busy learning all about file sizes, color profiles, and tweaking our photos to look their absolute best when we print them BIG! We both love black and white photography, and this printer was designed with black and white photos in mind, so it is great for us.
After getting it setup and learning how to make our prints look their best, we printed several panoramas to exhibit at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. We are headed up to the Portland area this weekend to go enjoy a day of looking at other artist's work at the Festival on Sunday. When we were dropping off our images, we saw some great work being entered in the open show, so stop and support your local artists if you've got time this weekend!
Below are the images that we will have on display at the show - the Crater Lake image is our centerpiece being 10" x 30", but the others are also printed big and look fantastic since we had them custom framed at our favorite frame shop, Affordable Framing.