Printer photo paper

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  1. Corry

    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    My boyfriend recently invested in a R1800 Epson large format printer....we were wondering, what is a good place to get decent photo paper?
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Bump!

    Anyone?
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Uh..bump again? Does ANYONE know a good place to get inkjet photo paper? Please??
     
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    Staples, Cost-co, (don't you work at Walgreens?)...Wal-mart...etc.

    I think the brand of paper is quite important, some are cheap, some are expensive and some work better with certain printers. Maybe try out a few brands & types and then you can track down the best place to get that particular paper.
     
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    Dweller Inconspicuous Supporter

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    Wow, nice printer :)

    I have only seen one place that stocked 11" x 14" and that was a local shop called "Pro Photo Supply". I did nto look at prices since I dont have anything that can use it.

    I have picked up paper at lots of places though trying different brands and looking for really good deals but the obviousl places of course are office supply stores. I have also bought paper at Best Buy, CompUSA and another local chain called Fred Meyers which is something like a walmart.
     
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    You can get some Ilford from Sam's club or some Kodak Professional Lustre from Staples. Those are two very good papers we can pick up locally.
     
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    heip TPF Noob!

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    A fellow in the printing biz told me once to always try and match the brand of paper with the brand of the printer and use the best they offer. They manufacture the paper and inks to work together for the best possible effect.
     
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    jstuedle No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Midwest photo excange. I get ink for about 66% of store (CompUSA) price, and Epson paper for about 75% of same. They have also been shipping free all Epson supplies for all orders over $50.00. http://www.mpex.com/ Hope this helps.
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Thanks everyone! I'll pass the info on to Erik. Much appreciated. :)
     
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    kfoster TPF Noob!

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    I have an epson stylus photo 925. I have tried many different papers with it with varying success. Obviously Epson papers work great but not everyone always has what I need in stock. Kodak paper does not work with my printer. The ink just sets on top of the paper. Ilford paper prints nice but never seems to dry. It will smudge easily even weeks after printing. Compusa paper doesn't work either. To my suprise Staples photo supreme paper works nicely. I have been very happy with the results. They seem to carry many different sizes and qualities of paper as well.

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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You've spent some cash on a very nice printer.... don't skimp out on the ink nor paper. Both are very important in regards to the quality of the final print. Remember, the R1800 uses pigment inks not dye. The paper of your choice should be compatible with pigment inks. The epson ultrachrome inks have good archival qualities but it has to be printed on archival quality paper.

    As a safe ( and not too expensive ) option, use the epson papers specifically recommended. I like the Enhanced matte and watercolor epson paper ( I rarely print glossy ). I purchase 8x10's of both at the local compUSA. For larger sizes of the same, I go to a camera shop. The camera shop also stocks a large selection of interesting fine art inkjet papers from Hahnemuhle. A bit more expensive than Epson.
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Thank you! Good info!
     

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