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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hi-Tech Studio: A Pair Of Printers For B&W

The Canon PIXMA PRO-1 and Epson Stylus Pro 3880 are well worth a look for any pro studio

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Epson Stylus Pro 3880
The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 isn't a new printer, but it offers an impressive combination of features and capabilities for the price. The Stylus Pro 3880 can print up to 17 inches wide, and it has Epson UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta Ink Technology.

The company's advanced MicroPiezo AMC print head and AccuPhoto HD2 technology deliver smooth tonal transitions, excellent shadow and highlight detail, and an overall true photographic look.

The 8-color inkset with three-level black technology creates the rich, deep blacks that make a black-and-white image have the high-impact snap that silver-halide was famous for. And the inkset is pigment-based to give your prints the kind of longevity that was also common in silver-halide black-and-white archival prints.

Epson engineers collaborated with the Munsell Color Science Laboratory at the Rochester Institute Of Technology to create AccuPhoto HD2 technology, an advanced screening technology that creates perfectly smooth tonal gradations. Smooth tones are one of the most important aspects of a black-and-white print because any abrupt shifts are immediately noticeable and a major distraction. The AccuPhoto HD2 technology also reduces metamerism—the apparent color shift in an image as it's viewed from different angles—which is another critical aspect of a fine black-and-white print.

The Stylus Pro 3880 has an Advanced Black And White Photo Mode to give you maximum control over the look of your black-and-white prints. Silver-halide darkroom printers will recall using various papers and techniques like selenium or gold toning to give a print a warm or cool look. The Stylus Pro 3880 lets you select from four preset tonal looks and automatically generates the print. You don't have to adjust your image file to create a print that's neutral, warm, sepia or cool. You also can choose to fine-tune the look with slider bars and the color wheel. Contact: Epson, www.epson.com.


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