to you and all others for the great info.
one more question. I use a NuArc 26-1ks plate burner and have always had
very reasonable exposure times with ImageSetter negatives. Given that I
will be making negs mostly for PT/PD printing are there any real advantages to
using the Ultra Premium over the Premium? Will I need that extra ink
holding capacity? The scratch resistance sounds useful and the faster
curing sounds even more important. How long do the Ultra Premium and
Premium respectively take to cure?
Cutting the film and curl. Below you stated, “When
you cut sheets from the rolls, I would suggest always cutting so that the curl
of the Pictorico is in the direction of the paper feed rather than the
direction of the print head travel.”
I want to make 16X20 prints. If I buy the 17” wide roll, this
dictates that I must cut the film about 22” long (brochure says max size
17X22 and I want the extra clear film outside my 16X20 image area) and that
dictates the direction of the curl, yes? Does this mean that I must buy
the next wider roll, i.e. the 24” wide roll?
reason I want to get this right is that, if I must buy a roll, I will be making
a significant investment in film which I am happy to do as long as it will be
the RIGHT film.
Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 1:37
Subject: RE: best film for 3800
I agree that Pictorico is the way to go. I have used it for years
and have always been happy with the outcome. SInce Mitsubishi has taken
over Pictorico, they have also improved the packaging and cut the price, as
For the 3800, I would suggest the 17" roll of Premium OHP film.
You can easily cut it to any length you want. The Epson 3800 does
not have roll feed, but I don't like using roll feed anyway since it wastes too
much film. When you cut sheets from the rolls, I would suggest always
cutting so that the curl of the Pictorico is in the direction of the paper feed
rather than the direction of the print head travel.
I use the top feed mechanism (the 3800 has three paper feed paths) on
the 3800 and insert the sheet I have cut so that I can bend the top of the
sheet in a reverse curl and conveniently "hook it" against the back
side of the control panel on the printer frame. This will cause it to
feed well, since it puts a little tension on the Pictorico feeding into the
The Premium OHP should be sufficient for most people's use. The
Ultra does have a higher base plus fog, so exposure times are longer. I
use the ultra when I want to increase the ink load a lot for very dense
negatives using the Ink Configuration setting (or with some printers this is
found under Paper Configuration for some odd reason.) The Ultra will take
almost all the ink you can put on it with this method without any puddling or
running. The Ultra also cures faster and is a bit more scratch resistant
The inks in the new printers such as the 3800 cure faster than the
previous Epson inks. One downside is that the black inks do not provide
enough density with some processes to put a border on the negative that will
hide brush marks.
On May 21, 2008, at 9:47:50 AM, "BOB KISS"
DEAR DON, CHRIS, & DIANA,
Two more questions:
1) On the Pictorico web site I see Premium and Ultra Premium. What
is the difference and which to your recommend.
2) As I need to make 16X20 prints I need the 17X22 film but I don't
see if on the Pictorico site. Am I missing something?
From: Christina Z. Anderson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 10:32 AM
Subject: Re: best film for 3800 PT/PD negs
I second Don. Pictorico is wonderful. It is now cheaper, too--20 sheets
for what used to be 15 in a packet of 8.5x11. I just finished a project that
required me to print about 140 negatives and I had nary a problem. And I
figure at $1 a sheet, that's only $3 per gum print and with all the time I
put into gum that isn't so big a deal.
Pictorico.com but I think Mitsubishi now owns it or something...
----- Original Message -----
From: "BOB KISS" <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 7:50 AM
Subject: RE: best film for 3800 PT/PD negs
> DEAR DON,
> Thanks for the quick reply! A few questions:
> 1) Which of the two do you prefer, Pictorio or Inkpress?
> 2) From which supplier do you prefer to buy the Pictorio?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Don Bryant [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2008 9:39 AM
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: RE: best film for 3800 PT/PD negs
> Since price isn't a consideration go for Pictorico OHP. Or you may wish to
> try Inkpress Transparency:
> Don Bryant
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