Category Archives: Printing

Epson R3000, Canon Pro9500 Mark II, Canson Rag Photographique

From 2007-2011 I had access to a Lightjet printer at my job. The Lightjet uses a color darkroom process that exposes the paper with RGB lasers, and then runs through color chemistry. The resulting continuous tone prints are very high quality, but the equipment can be hard to calibrate consistently and the paper options are limited. During my last year of enjoying the use of an on-site lab, I was also able to print on a Canon IPF 8100 inkjet printer. I was extremely impressed with the Canon’s dynamic range, consistency of color, and on-the-fly profile conversion. We tested a lot of different media, and decided on primarily using the Canson papers.

Epson R3000 Canon Pro9500 Mark IICanson Rag Photographique 310

Epson R3000 vs. Canon Pro9500 Mark II

After I changed jobs I wanted to get a 13″ inkjet printer for making my standard 12″ x 18″ prints at home. I narrowed the choices down to the Epson R3000 vs. the Canon Pro9500 Mark II. I didn’t consider the Canon Pro9000 Mark II (currently $199 after rebate) because it uses dye-based inks instead of the more archival pigment inks. The Epson R3000 is currently $599 after the $200 rebate (although the rebate was $300 last year). The Canon Pro9500 Mark II is currently $399 after rebate. I ruled out the Epson R2880 because the R3000 was only $50 more at the time that I made my purchase.

Canson has ICC paper profiles available for both printers. I ended up going with the Epson R3000 because I’ve been using Epson printers for years, the droplet size is 2 picoliters to the Canon’s 3 picoliters, the R3000 can work over wifi, and there are generally more paper profiles available for Epson. I can also make small test prints at home on my R3000, and then rent time on an Epson 11880 printer at Rayko Photo in San Francisco (although they also have a Canon IPF 8300).

Canson Rag Photographique 310

Before I discovered Canson paper, I occasionally enjoyed printing on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308. The Hahnemühle features very rich blacks, but the transition from the shadow details into the blacks can block up when printing night photos. And on some images the paper had a bit too much texture for my liking. I did a test print with Gallery Street in Atlanta on the Breathing Color Elegance paper that my friend Troy Paiva uses. The dynamic range looked better than the Hahnemühle, and the colors were superb. However, the Elegance also has a noticeable texture, and I wanted a paper with a smoother surface.

Enter the Canson Rag Photographique 310. The RP 310 has a similar weight and dynamic range as the Elegance, but with a much smoother surface. Plus saying Photographique all of the time is fun. I downloaded the RP 310 ICC profile from Canson’s site, and made some test prints directly from Lightroom. The results have been amazingly close in tone and color to my profiled monitor.

Remember these words of wisdom if your prints match your monitor — don’t touch anything!

I’m currently printing for a show in April (more details on that soon). Stay tuned for a fun, affordable print offer within the next few weeks.

Print Offer: Unisex

Unisex -- by Joe Reifer

Unisex — by Joe Reifer

A perfect photo for the wall in your bathroom, or a humorous holiday gift — a limited number of 6″ square prints in a 10×12″ frame are available the affordable price of only $49.95 + shipping. Such high quality fine art prints have never been seen at these incredible prices.

But wait, there’s more! If you call in the next 3 minutes, you’ll also get a spectacular random matted 4×6″ night photograph in the package. And that’s not all — your order will also include an autographed collectible postcard from the infamous “ghost card” series.

That’s right, you get the framed “Unisex” print, a matted 4×6 night photograph, and the collectible ghost card for the low, low price of only $49.95 + shipping. Or choose 3 easy payments of $19.95 each.

Act now! Quantities are limited. This amazing offer won’t last long. As not seen on TV. Not sold in stores. No assembly required. Paring knife sold separately. Void where prohibited by law.

Please inquire via email to order — see the about page for contact information.

Print Offer: Twin Palms


Twin Palms — by Joe Reifer

I’m offering an 8×12″ print of this image on 11×14″ Kodak Endura Lustre paper with a white border. These are traditional color prints, not inkjet. They will be mounted on styrene board to keep them flat, and signed on the back. The price will be $50 including shipping in the U.S. — if you’re in California I’ll cover the tax. This print offer is limited to 10 prints at this price, and is good through June, 2007. Please email me if you’d like to buy one.

The image is a full moon long exposure from inside the former swimming pool at an abandoned resort called Byron Hot Springs that was built before the turn of the century, and has been abandoned for years.

Print Offer #1: Line 3, Monterey


Line 3, Monterey — by Joe Reifer

Judging by the enthusiastic response to The Online Photographer’s print sales, I’ve decided to experiment with occasional print offers via this blog. Your feedback is welcome, either in the comments or via email.

Line 3, Monterey

This image above is a color photo that has been desaturated to give the feel of toned black and white. The image will be printed on 12×12″ Kodak Endura Luster paper with a 1/2″ white border around the sides. These are traditional color lab prints, not inkjet.

I can also mount the print to masonite, which is a bit nicer than foamcore. Masonite is nice because it keeps the print flat when matted/framed.

Price, shipping, and payment

  1. Print only: $80
  2. Print mounted on masonite: $100

Prices include Fedex Ground shipping in the lower 48. Prints are numbered editions but not limited. Turnaround time is 2-3 weeks. Payment via check/money order is OK, and I also take Paypal. Please email me to order, or if you have any questions.

Update: Print offers will be quarterly. This print will be available for the first quarter of 2007 only.