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doady

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Monitors are very low resolution output devices. My Dell UP2516D is 2560x1440x3 sub-pixels for the entire screen, and only aRGB.

The XP-970 is printing 1440x1440 dots per square inch (I do understand the difference between DPI vs PPI, but really irrelevant to this point). I do not know the colour gamut of this printer, but I will bet that it's wider than aRGB.

My R3880 lays down 2880x2880 dots per square inch, is 16 bit, and will print most of the visible part of the PPRGB colour space.

I attribute almost all "noise" seen on monitors as being a result of their extremely low resolution. Monitors simply cannot display smooth colour and resolution transitions, and these appear as noise.

An image has to be as noisy as anything before it even starts to show on even an A2 print. Long before this happens, lack of DR and resolution in the image will make it unusable for larger prints.

What I'm really saying is that printing doesn't 'hide' noise, monitors are displaying 'noise' that isn't really there.

I've read that how the flaws appear in print are also depends on the paper (e.g. glossy vs. matte, smooth vs. textured). I've always hated the effect of noise reduction on the screen, so I've always disabled it completely and just be more careful with sharpening. But I've also wondered if my opinion about noise reduction would change if I started printing.

I remember a few years showing my photos from Olympus C-7070WZ to a gallery/lab owner for a possible exhibition of 16x20 inch prints, he asked me how many megapixels my camera has and when I told him 7 megapixels, he just sighed, lol. With higher res and lower noise and the image stabilization of E-M1 II + 12-100mm, maximum print size probably no longer such a big concern. But I probably would print mostly at 12x16 inches anyways, and put them into 16x20-inch frames.

Based on all I've read about Epson vs. Canon printers suggest Epsons don't have to be turned on and used as frequently, they waste less ink because they don't have automatic/timed cleaning cycles, and they use ink more efficiently due to variable ink droplet size down to 1.5pL. The Epsons don't have replaceable printheads, but more effort is made to keep the nozzles clean unlike the Canons which simply switches to unused nozzles. Ink cost per mL of P900 and Pro-1000 and Pro-300 is not much different, so if I ever get a printer, it will probably be P900. The P700 is definitely out of the question because of the almost 2x ink cost per mL, which is just crazy.
 

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@doady , I will try to remember to answer in more detail when I turn my PC on, but Epson printers do have replaceable print heads, just not user replaceable. With three lasers positioning the print head, that's not surprising! It costs about half the price of a new printer to replace the print head on the R3880 ...

Epsons do have a user-replaceable overflow tank, even in the XP-970.
 
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Some really nice prints in some great arrangements on the wall. So many inspiring ways to decorate. I've only printed one photo large and am rethinking what I want in a large print. We have very high ceilings and a lot of wall space, which demands more simple compositions than I'm used to.
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Some really nice prints in some great arrangements on the wall. So many inspiring ways to decorate. I've only printed one photo large and am rethinking what I want in a large print. We have very high ceilings and a lot of wall space, which demands more simple compositions than I'm used to.
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Geez, Steve!

It would take a team of professional cleaners several days to make my study look as neat as that! AND it's only about 5 x 3m, and wedge shaped from about half way down the 5m side.

Last time I cleaned it up, I found a fully grown female redback spider living on my desk top ...

This is what part of it looked like when tidy ...

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Geez, Steve!

It would take a team of professional cleaners several days to make my study look as neat as that! AND it's only about 5 x 3m, and wedge shaped from about half way down the 5m side.

Last time I cleaned it up, I found a fully grown female redback spider living on my desk top ...

This is what part of it looked like when tidy ...

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We moved from a messy house in New York to a larger apartment in Valencia a year ago, and we threw away at least 50% of the stuff we had in the move. In hindsight, we realized that at least half our house mortgage was paid to warehouse horded junk we never used. Back then, I would have been embarrassed to show you my messy home office and am kind of chuffed to be able to share it with you now...

Never had a redback spider in my house... what a thrill that must be to discover. Did you take a macro shot of it?
 
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A 40x30 and 30x20 prints I had done by Mpix Pro. The 40x30 is on glossy paper and the 30x20 on a metallic paper.

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Recent Prints 001 by Phocal Art, on Flickr

A series of gator photos I printed on my Epson P800 using a metallic canvas. These are all around 17" long and 11ish high.

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Last weekend been busy installing a new picture frame system in our kitchen (and painted the wall etc). I am happy with the result. Actually, my girl is happy with the result 😅
we’ll add at least two more rows. It’s however a true test of patience. Ok with me, I’m quit patient, but you’ll need a lot of it.

I think it’s a Dutch company, mainly focussed on other European countries.
https://www.artiteq.com/en/
They also have some cool led lighted frames. Those are a bit expensive though :whistling:

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Got an A3 print done of a recent shot with the 5iii and 100-400 Oly. The lab girl recommended a "titanium finish" paper (whatever that is!) and the colours in the cloud layers look beaut ! I probably should have gone up another size.



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And a cheaper 12x18 print of a moonshot, also with the 100-400.


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In a way, Printing is becoming my 1st line of defence against GAS. In print, the "noise" in the oof, darker areas just adds a lovely filmic texture. It's only in specific use situations that I think I'd ever need more than mft - in my case, sports , where I'm thinking of returning to Dslr's. And that's nothing much to do with Image Quality, it's more the suitability of the tool(s) or plain fun (I'd still like an Xpro3 or Leica M9 for their style, layouts and methods of working) .
 
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Ordered new A3 Glossy paper, I have only Luster paper of this size, off Amazon yesterday. Arrived today, it got me excited about printing large again, jt I was a bit weary about it because it's cheap 3rd party one...
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It came out a lot better then I expected or even hoped, especially with the colours of my new (well, 2nd hand) Panny Leica 15mm f 1.7.
This one will absolutly go up in a frame and hang 'till dead :p

I can't wait to make more of them's.
 

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Got an A3 print done of a recent shot with the 5iii and 100-400 Oly. The lab girl recommended a "titanium finish" paper (whatever that is!) and the colours in the cloud layers look beaut ! I probably should have gone up another size.



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My wife liked this one and asked if we could do a bigger version. No frame as yet, but I had an A1 print done today. You can't get the "platinum" paper at this size so it looks slightly different than the smaller version. But where I thought the Em5iii file might start to be stretched at this size, it's no problem, even viewed closely.

I cropped to 5/4 (I much prefer 5/4, 4/3 etc in portrait to 3/2 ), outputted the Raw from DXO PL 3 using bicubic interpolation with a long edge of 30 inches, took the file to an old version of Photoshop to increase the canvas size for the white border, applied another crop at A1 ratio and resized to precisely 594 x 841mm.


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It's past 01:00 right now .... I think I lost my marbles:

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