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The EPSON Stylus Photo R2400 A3 printer

A note from Vincent;

Epson UK took a group of journalists to Paris in April to see their latest line up of professional printers. Most of us had been expecting an upgrade to the 2100/2200 for sometime and I must confess that when the R1800 was launched earlier in the year I thought this was it - not so (although the R2400 does look identical to the R1800). Epson not only showed us the R2400 A3 printer but also a complete line up of large format professional printers (see bottom of this page for links).

The most outstanding feature of the new range of printers is the new 8 colour UltraChrome K3 inks which look as if they are about to take quality photographic printing to new heights.

I will be doing a mega test on the R2400 as soon as it arrives in the UK, but for the time being all I can say is that if the 2100 and R1800 printers blew you away then you have seen nothing yet. I have always said that for monochrome work the HP 7960, 8450 and 8750 printers leave the competition standing - well it looks as if everything is set to change. Epson has cracked the neutrality issue and metamerism with the introduction of UltraChrome K3 inks. HP is going to have to put their thinking caps on again.

Printed on the R2400 - photograph taken with the Epson R-D1 range finder camera
What a perfect grey day! (4800 printer)
Colours are so good you could wear them
Monochrome printing is a breeze
Fine Art photographers your time has come

All pictures above were printed on the new range of Epson printers, the reproductions are faithful to the originals, however some quality will have been lost due to re-photographing the originals (prints are too big for scanning).

Epson® announces the most advanced colour and black & white
A3+ photo printer

Featuring Epson’s state-of-the-art UltraChrome™ K3 ink technology, the Stylus Photo R2400 is an affordable inkjet solution for photographers looking for high quality results from a desktop printer at an affordable price.

May 10, 2005 – Launched today, Epson unveiled its latest inkjet printer, the Epson Stylus Photo R2400. Boasting Epson’s revolutionary UltraChrome K3 8-colour ink technology - the same ink technology employed in Epson Stylus Pro large format printers for professional users - the Stylus Photo R2400 allows high end amateur and professional photographers to confidently produce professional quality for both black & white and colour photographs up to A3+.

The Epson Stylus Photo R2400 features many benefits to make it the ideal entry product for professional photo printing. It supports paper sizes ranging from 100 x 148mm to A3+, and produces professional-quality black & white and colour results on a wide range of media, including premium photo and art paper. Semi-professionals can enhance and simplify the workflow from image selection through to final printout, even for camera RAW files, through a comprehensive suite of software from Epson’s Creativity Suite, including Epson RAW Print, Epson Easy Photo Print, Epson File Manager and Epson Darkroom Print.

The Stylus Photo R2400 employs Epson’s unique Micro Piezo™ print head technology to deliver superior results. By delivering ink through microscopic nozzles measuring a fraction of the diameter of a human hair, the printer can accurately replicate finely detailed images. The printer also incorporates Epson’s Variable-sized Droplet Technology, which automatically adjusts the size of the droplet according to the image content.

With results surpassing silver halide printing, Epson’s UltraChrome K3 ink delivers the ultimate in black & white and colour printing. The three black inks offer more neutral graduations in colour and black & white prints, resulting in life-like replication of skin tones required by professional photographers. The third black ink – light light black – gives excellent greyscale performance and smoother tonal reproduction for the ultimate in high quality black & white and colour photographs.

The new ink boasts many features to make it ideal for those unwilling to compromise on quality. Featuring 8 individual cartridges, the UltraChrome K3 inkset produces an extremely wide colour gamut. This allows accurate reproduction of saturated colours, whilst light inks allow smooth gradations for the printing of watercolour, pastels and crayons. Furthermore, images will look good in any lighting conditions, thereby giving photographers and artists’ greater control over their artwork when exhibiting in a gallery.

The Epson UltraChrome K3 ink set is lightfast for up to 75 years in colour and over 100 years in black & white* , making it the ideal choice for artists producing work for use in galleries, or those who need the confidence to reassure their customers that the artwork they purchase will look good for longer.

Epson Stylus Photo R2400 key features summary:

  • Photographic prints up to A3+ size
  • Will print on a wide range of materials including premium quality photo paper and art media
  • Micro Piezo printer head technology for greater accuracy for finely detailed images
  • Epson Creativity Suite including Epson RAW Print, Epson File Manager, Epson Darkroom Print to enhance and simplify the workflow from image selection through to final print out, even for camera RAW file s
  • UltraChrome K3 ink, delivering exceptional results including:
    • 3 black inks deliver the most advanced black & white digital photographic results to date
    • Wide colour gamut resulting in accurate reproduction of saturated colours and industry proofing standards
    • Prints look good in any lighting conditions
    • Colours stabilise shortly after printing
    • Advanced black & white mode allows users to take control over hue and tone of black & white images
    • Outstanding durability, with a lifespan of up to 75 years in colour and over 100 years in black & white*

Epson Stylus Photo R2400 Features Summary


14 June, 2005

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