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Sublimation Printers

robdeszan

Member
Hi All,

I have always had issues with Ink jet printers due to infrequent use (clogged heads mainly); not printing daily but more like once a week or every other week.

I use a Canon Selphy CP1300 printer for editing work (shoot selection) & printing odd personal snapshots but I have never been entirely happy with the quality (colours of the print mainly); however, I do appreciate the hassle-free nature of sublimation technology. I should probably mention that I have tried custom profiles for the Selphy which improved things a bit. I have also set up some PS actions to adjust the colours & contrast prior to printing but it is still less than optimal.

Has anyone had a chance to compare/use the Selphy and a more professional dye sublimation printer such as DNP DS620 for example? Leaving aside the obvious difference between size of prints between the two, the output, printing speed etc. Would the print quality be improved going from the little Canon?

Many thanks!
 
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MartinN

Active member
I had a Ricoh Gelsprinter, not sublimation, but a different twist on inkjet I thought. But, it clogged like hell. My Epson 3880 has been going very well, and for occasional use I have a Canon Selphy, but it has developed mechanical problems with paper feed. And is expensive to run. No ideal solution.
 

robdeszan

Member
Thanks Martin. Indeed there isn't. I am trying to get hold of some prints (a UK dealer have kindly offered to print a few for me) from a DS620 to compare against the Selphy.
 

MartinN

Active member
Maybe the only care free and no problem option is to order prints from a professional printing company. They know their color management and devices. Likewise they can supply prints in any size, and they use archival quality papers and pigment ink.
 

robdeszan

Member
Maybe the only care free and no problem option is to order prints from a professional printing company..
An absolutely valid point, especially for non-commercial, low volume printing.

That initial outlay of almost £1000 will buy you a lot of prints, especially if one orders in bulk once every few months. I know.

I have been promised some sample prints from UK DNP dealers to verify if the quality difference is big enough to justify the swap with the Selphy but so far none of them delivered, which makes me wonder if there is any, and they know it... Any print quality differences between the two are rarely explicitly mentioned in reviews by those who made a similar Selphy to DNP swap; speed, bigger consumables (requiring less changes) and durability being the most important selling points for this type of (event) device.

Myself, I am just waiting to be blown away by those prints differences. If I do get those DNP samples I will also order prints of the same files from my favourite online printers for comparison too.
 

MartinN

Active member
I printed a bunch of A4 on my Epson 3880. No problems with clogging, usually I exercise it once a month in wintertime and more often with hot summer temperatures. Can’t remember when I bougth it but the main problem is the cost of ink cartridges. They are about 60€ and everytime I power on there is wasting to the waste collector. The waste collector fills up quite fast. 80ml ink cartridges and a huge waste collector.
 
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