The Digital Photo Guy

Epson R1800 Printer Replacement

by on Feb.27, 2011, under gear, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photoshop Elements, Schedule, Workshops

Death of an R1800

My Epson R1800 has been a real love-hate affair. When it’s working, I love the rich, vibrant colors on Calumet Brilliant Luster paper. When it clogs, which is frequently, I hate the stupid printer and the idiot who designed it. I’ve had this printer for over five years and I’ve produced wonderful prints which have hung in galleries and sold enough to pay for itself. But, factor in the emotional toll of not knowing when it will throw another clogging tantrum and I’m ready to chuck it off the roof. Well, it saved me the hassle by finally dying last week.
I stopped by Fry’s Electronics to look at an R1900. As I hemmed and hawed about an R1900 and the dinky 11ml (milliliter) ink cartridges (see comparison to left,) it struck me that an Epson Stylus Pro 3880 with 80ml cartridges dropped my ink costs down to 75¢ per ml versus $1.27 for the R1900, a 40% savings. That pushed me over the edge. Before my wife could say, “What the *$%+!” I threw down the plastic and walked out with a $1295 printer. My rationale was as follows:

First, Fry’s now price matches reputable Internet stores so I got the B&H Photo price of $1129, a $166 savings. Second, Epson is currently offering a $200 rebate on high end printers (through 3/31) so that further dropped my cost to $929. Third, the 3880 comes with a complete set of 9 cartridges worth $480 so it’s like getting a 17″ printer for $450. Finally, I won’t need an ink system (cartridges to right side of R1800 in photo above) with the huge 80ml cartridges, saving me another $200. That just left the matter of learning to print to a new printer. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Black Rapid Webinar Door Prizes

Black Rapid sent a whole slew of door prizess for the upcoming Rob Sheppard and Gloria Hopkins webinars. Here’s a photo of what arrived last week.

The four black bags are the RS4 (shown on camera). The red bag is their newest RS-Sport that holds the camera tight, even when you’re on the go. In the middle is the SnapR, a cool bag with a sling, designed for P&S cameras. It gives you the same “quick-draw” advantage of all Black Rapid straps. And, NO, the camera and lens in the photo above are not among the door prizes.

Be sure to check out all the other prizes from Topaz Labs, Media Chance and Everimaging.

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2 Comments for this entry

  • Anthony Demaio

    Hi Digital Photo Guy,
    Just read your tale of woe regarding your Epson 1800 and your decision to buy a Epson 3880. I’ve had an Epson 3800 for about 3 years now and LOVE IT!! Have not had any clogging issues since I’ve purchased it and the prints are beautiful. If the 3880 is as good as the 3800 you’ll love it. Good luck. Tony

    • Lee

      Thanks Tony,
      I may need your advice on getting the colors right. I’m using sRGB with Epson profiles and having a heck of a time getting colors to match the calibrated screen. This is the part about new printer I always hate, the learning curve.

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