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If " Missing Link " sounds a little dramatic, consider the way that your work colleagues show you the pictures of the weddings, sports carnivals, and car shows that they attend. They pull out a $ 1000 device with a sctratched or broken glass screen on the front and a little symbol of half a battery flashing on and off. They frantically tap away at it and then swipe their fingers left, right, up, and down trying to make a 3 1/2 inch by 5 inch picture appear. Like as not, if it actually is found, it will have enough Instagram filters on it to look like an 1880 cabinet card, but you may not be able to see this before the little battery symbol winks out and the screen goes black. Then you can watch your colleague sitting in their car for half an hour until the phone charges up again. In the meantime, you can look at an album of prints...

The new digital photographer can be forgiven for being confused by any number of aspects of the sport - there seem to be so many to learn.He or she used to be confronted only by which film to use, does the orange needle match the mark on the light meter, and is the Chemist open so that I can drop my film in? Then in two weeks it was should I buy another roll of film or a bag of barley sugar and box of bandaids?Now it is white balances, tonal curves, video frame rates, colour spaces, and all the rest. No wonder they have started putting an " Automatic " setting on new cameras and dedicating a knob or lever to it. The relief for some shooters must be palpable.It is nearly the same for the shooter who wants paper prints of their work. What do they do now that the chemist has gone out of photofinishing and reverted to selling overpriced vitamin supplements and something for the weekend? What are the alternatives with that card full of images?a....

All of or readers know the difference between matte and gloss when it comes to paper - one is shiny and one is not. Of course the manufacturers of paper make lots of grades of the stuff in between these two extremes, but that is another post.The users of Epson inkjet printers also know that there are two black inks in their machines ;Photo Black and Matte Black. The 3800, 3880, 3000, SC-600, SC-800 and so on all have these choices - based upon the fact that you might be putting matte paper or gloss paper through the thing.Some of them switch themselves from one choice to the other automatically when your computer sends the printing command - it contains a specification about what you are doing. Some need to be switched with a series of on-machine commands. The procedure is about the same in both cases. The printer shuts off one ink pipe and then flushes through the head with a little of the other sort. When it is ready to go it signals you or just whooshes on...

Here's a heads-up for people who are looking for replacement ink cartridges for their Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and 3880 inkjet printers - there are new inks on the market that may fool you.The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 has been replaced in the Epson lineup with the Epson Surecolor SC - P800. it is an even more capable A2 -sized printer and will become the standard of the line - just as the Epson Surecolor SC-P600 will take over the position formerly occupied by the Stylus Pro R3000.Epson have packaged the new inks for the Sc-P600 in boxes quite different in appearance from that 157-series inks that serve the R3000. No-one will ever mix up the boxes and you won't choose the wrong ink.Not the case with the new inks for the P-800. Their boxes are nearly identical with the ones for the 3800 and 3880. see the heading page - the T5802 is for the older models and the T8502 is for the new SC- P800. If you don't look carefully, you might pick up the wrong ink -...

Looks as though the Epson people have decided to add cash back offers to their A2 printers as well as the A3+ ones.Word has come that the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 photo printer is eligible for a $ 250 cash back for units purchased from now until 30th of September.If you would like the roll-print capability of the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 with its extreme colour gamut and resolution, you qualify for a cash back from Epson of $ 500. Same period of time applies.These are totally professional inkjet printers that are simple enough for the enthusiast to operate. These cash offers mean that you can get into printing much more easily than before....

A client last week asked a question about the use-by dates on the inkjet inks cartridges - how come they were there and how much notice should he take of them. As I use Epson printers myself, I could give him an off-the cuff answer. I was wearing a short sleeve shirt at the time.The inks do age and might make for less-than-perfect printing if they are well beyond the date. Whether it would be particulation or evaporation I cannot say - I just would not use one well past the date.Remember to shake it up, Baby, when you put a fresh cartridge into the machine.I would also make sure that some little amount of printing was done each week - even just an A4 sheet of a multicoloured test shot would exercise the machinery and ensure that the ink flow though the heads was normal. Each Epson machine has provision on-board to do ink flow analysis and head cleaning and some of the bigger ones can do a very vigorous cleaning indeed. But it uses up ink and the...

New Epson cash back promotion for you today - If you need to print up to A2 on thin or thick stock - with the finest of inkjet ink - the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 model attracts a cashback payment from the Epson people of $ 250.This promotion will run until the end of September 2013. You buy from us and claim your reward from Epson on-line.If you don't quite need as large a size, but want all the benefits of the Epson ink set and their expertise in easy colour printing, may I suggest that you get an Epson Stylus Photo R3000 right now. This will print to A3+, do rolls and CD discs, and also open for thick stock. It will print through a wifi network if there is someone in your house young enough to know how to connect it, and from regular USB or ethernet if you are old enough to remember Nixon...

Just been reminded about the Epson promotion for this month - this is for those of you that are wavering around waiting to buy an inkjet printer.Don't leave your wavering past the end of the month. Epson have a special cash-back offer for purchasers of the R2000 and R3000 printers:If you purchase either of the printers by itself, you can apply to Epson on-line for a $ 200 cash-back.If you purchase either of the printers plus a spare ink set you can claim $ 300 cash-back on-line.Those of you who saw a post from earlier in the week can see the benefits of larger ink supply cartridges - be aware that the R3000 cartridges are larger than those used in the R2000. Both use the high-quality K3 inks and will produce prints that will last a very long time.But the promotion won't - you have to hop to it and do it before the 31st of the month.For more details, Google on over to the Epson website and look down the bottom of the page under 'promotions'.Uncle Dick...

A customer rang through yesterday with a number of questions about Epson printers. He is just on the cusp of commencing his home printing and wanted to get some advice about what to get. I think he will want to do a little more study about the subject so that he can make sure what is happening when his computer commands a printer to operate.He has been getting prints done by a local chain store, and apparently is dissatisfied with the results - I think he would like a little more control of the process. Already he is calibrating his monitor screen with a Spyder device so things are looking up. If he gets one of the books published by Epson, or indeed one of the very entertaining books by Scoot Keilby or Matt Kosklowski, he can trace the line of choice and command through from his camera to the Photoshop program to a new printer.Here is where we come in. We've got both the R3000 and the R3880 printers in stock, as well as spare ink cartridges and lots...