I bought a refurbished R2400 last week ($500 shipped from Epson’s online store). I unpacked it Saturday after a late lunch, but by 2:00PM I already had a half dozen great B&W prints. I think Kate’s reaction to this sums up my first impressions of the printer: “Wow, that many prints from the old printer would have taken all day and a hell of lot more cursing.” This is true. The old HP was a pain in the ass. The Epson, so far, is not.
Although I’m sure my printing skills will improve, straight out of the box the prints are better than anything I ever managed in the darkroom. And on comparitively el-cheapo Epson Ultra Premium Luster no less. Now the question becomes, what the hell do I do with all these prints? I owe a couple of people prints – a few of which are embarassingly overdue – but after that, what do I do with the rest. How do people display these things?
A few prints will end up on the walls, but I’d like books or albums of some sort for the majority. And a source for mats and frames. A cursory look around the internet suggests that most of this stuff is aimed at folks that print much larger than I’d ever go for. Six by nine on a 8.5 by 11 sheet already seems huge, but I’m seeing books designed for 13 by 19 prints. Do people really print that big? I guess you can with digital, but whatever happened to 5 by 7? Or even 8 by 10 for that matter? 5 by 7.5 prints on 8 by 10 paper would be a bit more suitable for handling than these super-sizes.
Guidance appreciated if it anyone has it. And let me know if you want to swap a print.