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Canon vs Epson - or pros vs cons

Ziggy Murphy , May 04, 2011; 06:08 a.m.

I'd almost settled on the Epson 7900, and then I visited a high end printing shop in Singapore just now. They have every printer made by Epson and Canon. When I asked their favorites, they said Canon by far, and Hannemuele and Innova papers. Both answers surprise me as I was going for Epson and Epson fine art papers as a primary workflow.

The reason for the Canon preference, for him, was speed ("Epson is way too slow") and complexity ("Epson is for the scientist. You can get it perfect, but there is much less trouble with Canon"). And for the papers, he said the Epson glossy papers were too sensitive to get perfect and the others mattes had nicer textures. (they do gallery prints as a rule I think, and it seems they ask for Hannemuele and Innova).

I know it is a religious war, but are these comments also fair?

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Charles Wood , May 04, 2011; 10:06 a.m.

I owned a Canon ipf8000 for almost four years and it performed flawlessly. I recently replaced it with a new ipf8300 and it is also performing flawlessly. I never had so much as a single head clog in all the time I owned the 8000. It had a few design quirks that were corrected in the 8300.

When you look at size and construction, it seems quite apparent the Canon is a far more ruggedly constructed machine and probably overkill for many users who won't be using the machine in a commercial environment but I certainly have never had any regrets.

If you research the comparisons and comments on Luminous Landscape and other printer forums you'll find that most people now consider Canon to have matched or surpassed Epson in image quality and longevity. One drawback of the Canon IPF series is the lack of a straight paper feed path, so some thick papers may not work well nor can you make metal prints. Those issues are not a consideration for me as I print from roll media almost exclusively.

Here is a link to a user review:
http://www.northlight-images.co.uk/reviews/printer/canon_ipf8300.html

Patrick Lavoie , May 04, 2011; 10:15 a.m.

The reason for the Canon preference, for him, was speed ("Epson is way too slow")

compare to the Canon printer?.. i can print a 16x20 in under 3min wiht my *old* 7880.. and the 7900 is faster

"Epson is for the scientist. You can get it perfect, but there is much less trouble with Canon"

non sense. They are both really good printer, and to get the best result you need to have some basic color management knowledge.. it is not harder to print with a Epson or a Canon.

And for the papers, he said the Epson glossy papers were too sensitive to get perfect and the others mattes had nicer textures. (they do gallery prints as a rule I think, and it seems they ask for Hannemuele and Innova).

I just think that he didtn know much about Epson.. Since you have a amazing selection of paper for both printer...

Its is like asking what is better to take picture; nikon or canon?.. they are both good, and the m,ain factor for quality is the guy behind the lens. Same for the printer.. i have seen Epson / Canon user that should be ashame of printing bad print with there expensive gear.. and have have seen amazing print from both printer.

It all depend of who is in the driver seat. I prefer Espon because in there pro line, the color is consistent.. meaning that if you use the same ink, paper, image on the 2880, 3880, 4880, 7880 you will get very similar result if not totaly perfect match. I honestly cant say the same about the Canon.. but if you dont need to match color on 4 different printer.. both are equally good.

The Epson printer are more use among pro or fine art artist, but i think it is more a communauty thing then a better vs poorer printer thing.

Andrew Rodney , May 04, 2011; 11:39 a.m.

I own both a Canon (iPF6300) and a few Epsons. Both are great, have strengths and weaknesses.
One thing to keep in mind is how the print head operates. You do have to replace the heads on the Canon over time (I’ve yet to have to do this). I do believe Piezo print heads have the tech advantages in many respects. That said, the export module we have for printing to Canon out of Photoshop is a huge benefit, especially if you are on a Mac where the number of ‘issues’ between application, print driver and OS is a continuing nightmare. I think feeding sheet paper into the Canon is easier and its a bit quieter.

Ellis Vener , May 04, 2011; 12:56 p.m.

The Canon iPF pritners (I have an iPF6300 currently) are also far less expensive to operate. They sip, not drink, the ink.

Charles Wood , May 04, 2011; 03:35 p.m.

Here is a link to what I consider one of the most comprehensive comparison reviews yet between the Canon ipf8300 and offerings from Epson and HP.

http://www.on-sight.com/2010/04/25/canon-x300-printer-review/

Angus Pady , Apr 27, 2014; 09:27 a.m.

I recently did a comparison between the Epson 7900 and the Canon iPF6450. THe review can be read at this link. The review would be applicable for the X900 series from Epson and the X400 from Canon.
http://www.colourmanagement.ca/blog/canon-ipf6450-vs-epson-7900-comparison-/

Angus Pady
www.ColourManagement.ca

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