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Can the Epson 3880 print more than 22" on the long side?

Shawn Gibson , Dec 23, 2010; 07:18 p.m.

Think I asked this before but got no responses. Can I take a 17" x say 30" piece of paper into the Epson 3880? I have a triptych to make, it's very skinny images (x3 = a normal view) but very long, so I need to cut some long paper to accomodate. Will the 3880 accept it?


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Howard M , Dec 23, 2010; 07:20 p.m.

you can define any size up to 17"x37.5"

Shawn Gibson , Dec 23, 2010; 07:35 p.m.

Really, thanks Howard! awesome:) Why 37.5?

Howard M , Dec 23, 2010; 07:41 p.m.

that was Epson's decision, no doubt to essentially force folks who want to do 'real' pano's into their larger 4xxx printers w/ roll support. My hunch is that it's 38" - 2x 0.25" margins. I have some RedRiver 13x38 paper and it works fine.

Shawn Gibson , Dec 24, 2010; 07:57 a.m.

Weird. If I could have afforded 24 or 48" I would have loved to go that big. Marketting makes no sense sometimes lol.

Howard M , Dec 24, 2010; 08:31 a.m.

it makes perfect sense. different target groups. if you think you're going to print >38", then get a 48/49xx or Canon 5100(?). But w/ some of them, you lose the ability to print small (< 8x10 cut sheet)

I thought I would do more pano work than I actually am and if I need >38", I'll send it out. I dont have enough work to keep that large a printer as busy as it needs to be. Also, once you start getting up to 24"+, the camera, lens and technique become a major issue to produce quality work.

Francisco Disilvestro , Dec 24, 2010; 09:10 a.m.

There is a way to do longer prints by using a third party RIP like Imageprint instead of the epson driver. This will let you print over 300".

This may not be practical anyway, since it is very expensive ($895). Another issue is that the 3880 cannot use roll paper, and it could be difficult to handle cut paper that long.

Howard M , Dec 24, 2010; 09:23 a.m.

all of the RIPs are $300-900 so that is a possibility although $900 is really pushing it. I mean, just buy a 4900 at that point when it's on sale :)

you can certainly do a google for RIPs and see what is available.

Don Bryant , Dec 26, 2010; 10:28 p.m.

As already mentioned a RIP is the only way to make prints longer than 37.5 inches. Qimage is often suggested when this question comes up but it also will not work since the 3880 has no roll paper capability.

Howard M , Dec 27, 2010; 09:18 a.m.

the lack of roll paper WRT QImage isn't the gating item. In reality, QImage is NOT a RIP but merely an elaborate front-end pre-processor. Ultimately, it still uses the Epson driver so it's still limited to the 37.5" size.

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