From: Sil Horwitz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: 06/06/03-05:19:18 AM Z
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The 2200 has several advantages: (1) the inks are pigment based, not dye-based, thus being less subject to environmental aging (light, atmospheric gasses, etc), (2) separate ink cartridges, which can be more economical (multi-ink cartridges become unusable when a single color is exhausted), and (3) the larger size. All the talk about dpi are for the birds, as these top quality printers use special "randomized" techniques to define the ink dots, plus changing the physical size of the dots to provide best gray-scale appearance ("gray-scale" covering all colors). On the other hand, there are many after-market accessories, such as ink reservoirs and archival inks, available for the 1280, but at a price which makes the final cost similar to the 2200. Note: if you are planning to use the printer for making large negatives, either the 2200 (with its double "blacks") or the 1280 with the after-market multi-gray reservoir-type inks, will work well. It would be hard to find a used 2200, while a used 1280 can often be found (eBay?), and price can be a big factor. Tough call. They are both excellent printers, but I prefer the 2200 because it comes from the factory with archival inks and other capabilities for which you will have to pay extra for if you choose the 1280.
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