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Photograph taken on Hastings Pier with a Panasonic GH4 and 7-14mm Panasonic lens (14-28mm eqv on full frame). I liked the triangular placement of the three people against a forbidding backdrop.


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Epsons' new A2 printer

Epsons’ new A2 printer

We have a EPSON SC-P800 A2 printer here and will publish a full review of this exciting new printer. The P800 uses the same HD inkset as the P600, and so will produce the same quality prints – just bigger!. The P800 also has a substantial roll media holder (optional extra) which I have just been testing, and it works a treat.

UPDATE  – review can be found here

Press release

15 April 2015 Epson UK announces the latest in its range of professional photo printers, the SureColor SC-P800. Ideal for professional photographers and artists, the printer produces superior-quality, true-to-life photos with smooth gradations and tones. This A2 model also comes with an optional roll paper unit, allowing photographers and artists to produce panoramic prints up to 1.1m long and 17” wide


This professional printer creates long-lasting, high-quality photos to sell, exhibit or include within portfolios. The SC-P800 can also be used to produce a range of other high-quality documents including synopses, presentations and renderings.


The printer uses Ultrachrome HD ink, a new nine-colour ink-set, which was first used in the SC-P600 A3+ photo printer. The ink-set produces a large colour gamut and the deepest blacks on the market1, meaning users can print photos with a stunning range of accurate colours and dense blacks. Furthermore, the ink-set has improved lightfastness[1], meaning prints will be more durable and will last even longer.


The SC-P800 is the successor to the hugely-successful Stylus Pro38xx Series of photo printers. This new model is the first and only A2 desktop printer on the market with a roll paper option[2]. This makes the printer ideal for photographers and artists wishing to easily print large panoramic photos on non-standard formats on a wide range of supported media such as canvas. This functionality along with the Epson Print Layout software allows the easy production of gallery wrap canvas prints.


The SC-P800 is very easy to use thanks to a range of additional features. It is the only product in the marketplace to feature a 2.7″ colour touch panel3 to help users easily switch between printing on different medias and monitor the status of important print jobs.


Three paper paths, including a new front-loading fine art paper path, means hassle-free paper loading and easy switching between different media formats. The printer is supplied with 576ml of ink as standard also uses high capacity individual ink cartridges, making it ideal for large photo print runs resulting in a low cost per print


A new modern design gives the SC-P800 a high-quality look and feel. It also has the smallest footprint of any A2 printer on the market2, meaning it fits well where space is an issue, at home or in the studio.


Advanced connectivity features gives the SC-P800 added flexibility. It is the first 17″ A2 printer with Wi-Fi2 for easy wireless printing via Apple Airprint or Google Cloud print from around the home or studio. You can even print photos from your chosen device without a wireless connection thanks to Wi-Fi Direct connectivity.


The SC-P800 is available from June 2015 priced at RRP £974.18 inc. VAT (£811.82 without VAT)

1 2.86 Dmax on Premium Glossy Photo Paper. Compared against competitors’ A2 photo printers with a 6-colour or greater ink-set available as of January 2015


[1] Compared to Epson Ultrachome K3 ink. Lightfastness of Ultrachrome HD ink determined as approximately 60 years when tested in conditions based on JEITA CP‐3901A standard (A4 glossy paper, temperature 23°c and humidity 50%).

[2] Compared against competitors’ A2 photo printers with a 6-colour or greater ink-set available as of January 2015

Epson EcoTank printers

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Epson launches EcoTank, including two years’ worth of ink! 

Save up to 65% on the cost and get hassle-free everyday printing

Epson L355

 2nd October 2014 – EcoTank printers come with enough ink in the box to print up to a massive 4,000 pages in black and 6,500 pages in colour, that’s around two years’ worth of ink1, without needing to change a single ink cartridge. With the L355 and L555, Epson is offering a new way of printing that delivers ultra-low-cost and hassle-free results for home and small office users.

Simon Hanly, product manager, Epson UK, says: “The L555 and L355 are based on technology that has been highly successful in other markets where we have sold over 10 million units in less than four years.  Epson is now responding to customer needs by launching the EcoTank range for western Europe. Complimenting our line-up of existing products, these models are ideal for home and small office customers who want to print everyday documents, such as recipes, homework, emails and maps, and for whom price and convenience are key factors. With two years’ worth of ink included1, users know where they stand.”

EcoTank printers feature ultra-high-capacity ink tanks that can be refilled using Epson genuine ink easily and efficiently. The printers are set up in three simple steps: fill the ink tanks, turn the printer on and prime the ink system.  When it’s time to refill, affordable, hassle-free ink bottles make the process easy, without the need for cartridges. Drip-free bottle spouts ensure refilling the ink tanks is clean and hassle-free.


Epson Ecotanks

Both the L555 and L355 have print, copy and scanning functionality, with the L555 additionally benefitting from fax, a 30-page Automatic Document Feeder and a two-line LCD screen for even easier use. They have Wi-Fi connectivity for easier sharing and positioning around the home, and Epson iPrint compatibility means users can print quickly and easily from smartphone and tablet PCs. This refillable, robust ink tank system also comes with an Epson warranty of one year or 30,000 pages for added peace of mind.

The L555 and L355 are available immediately exclusively at Dixons Carphone (Currys and PC World stores), priced at £329 and £249 respectively. Replacement ink bottles are priced at £7.99.


Features L355 L555
Print, copy and scan

Additional fax
30-page ADF


Two-line LCD screen for even easier use

Integrated ultra-high-capacity ink tank

Micro Piezo technology

Epson genuine ink

Print up to 4,000 pages in black and 6,500 pages in colour3 for an ultra-low cost per page

Four 70ml Epson genuine ink bottles included

Print speeds of up to 9ppm

Wi-Fi  connectivity

Easy to set up

Print quickly and easily over Wi-Fi from smartphone and tablet PCs with Epson iPrint4

12 month or 30,000 page Epson warranty

1,200dpi scanner resolution

ENERGY STAR-qualified

[1] 2 years’ of ink based upon user’s average monthly print volume (TNS Research –June 2013)

[2] Total savings for printing 4.000 pages in black and 6.500 pages in colour, including hardware price. Comparison made on the Ecotank L355 versus the average cost of the top 10 best-selling models in Western Europe, in the period January-June 2014, as tracked by GfK (excluding trade brands). Printing costs calculated on the proportion of Standard and XL cartridges in the Western European market as tracked by GfK for the same reference period, using average retail prices and ink cartridge yields as communicated by the manufacturer’s websites.

[3] Quoted yields/CPP are extrapolated based on Epson original methodology from the print simulation of Test Patterns provided in ISO/IEC24712. Quoted yields/CPP are NOT based on ISO/IEC24711. Quoted yields/CPP may vary depending on the images that you are printing, the paper type that you are using, the frequency of your prints and environmental conditions such as temperature.

[4] Requires a wireless connection to the internet. For more information, supported languages and devices please visit

[5] The average of ESAT from the Office Category Test for B&W simplex, determined in accordance with ISO/IEC24734

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Nikon D750 our view

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Every now and then a product captures our imagination by being outstanding in specifications and at a price that is not over the top. Nikon Have done this with their latest camera the D750. A well specified camera that will satisfy both the professional and keen amateur photographer alike.

What I do love about Nikon is that all the lenses from previous models will work on this camera and other current models, albeit you may be limited to using manual mode only. But for video capture, the ability to change aperture and select a focus point is a god send.

Some of the key key features include, full frame capture (FX) and switch-able to the DX capture mode, 24.3 mp sensor. ISO range of 100-12800 which is extendable to 50-51200, this gives you fabulous quality when shooting under low lighting conditions. AF focus using a 51 point AF system which can be configured to 9, 21 or 51 points AF. A tilt rear LCD screen which tilts up to 90′ or down to 76’for easy low or high angle shots. Built in WiFi for quick transfer of photos to smartphone or tablet  (iOS and Android supported)


Nikon were the first company to introduce movie capture on a DSLR with the D90, but didn’t keep up with market trends. But now, perhaps late in the day they are now catching up with movie capture. The D750 can shoot Full HD (1080p) in FX and DX format at 50p/60p although no 24p (movie industry standard) or 4K. The camera takes two SD cards these can be customised to either capture RAW and JPEG stills or movies.


Shot with Nikon D750

The D750 camera is built to similar specifications as the D800/810 so will be a perfect second camera to those models.

The Full Nikon D750 release and specs. can be seen here