Decent printer at affordable price?

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  1. RMThompson

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    Hey guys. I have an opportunity to build a small little business at a local fair that comes for several weeks each year.

    The idea is that I would photograph the clients, and then sell packages of the photos at the place. I have all the equipment I would need except a printer.

    Because the fair is supposed to be taking place in olden times, (think Ren Fest), I could get away with printing on paper... but would need high quality prints everytime that could handle printing 100 or 200 pictures a day.

    Any idea on where to even SHOP for this?

    Ryan
     
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    Budget?
     
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    Not sure really.

    $1000 dollars? $2000? Is that out of the question?

    Also, I ONLY need it to print 8x10s... over and over again! :)
     
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    What print sizes are you looking at?
     
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    You can get an Epson R1900 or R2880 for less than a thousand. About $400 for the 1900 and about $600 for the 2880. They make EXCEPTIONAL prints, but the cost of ink might be an issue if you run off too many 8x10's.

    You can do a thermal resin / dye sublimation printer (professional) for $2500 which prints quickly, professionally and doesn't burn ink like crazy, although it does have semi-expensive consumables. I've not broken down the per-print cost between the two. The Kodak 9810 would be the beast.
     

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