Independent Photographic Supplies (IPS) will be running a ‘dry’ printer shootout for trade visitors at The Digital Show at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, October 16 – 18.
‘This is a rare opportunity to compare the output and operation of most of the alternative non-silver halide technologies side by side,’ said IPS managing director, Stuart Holmes.
‘We believe this is the first time this kiind of “printer shoot-out” has been organsed for the Australian industry.
‘With the Best Brands in Imaging – in his case Kodak, Epson, Fuji Xerox and Noritsu – IPS is uniquely placed to enable people looking for a new retail printing solution to make informed decisions on the suitability of the competing printers for their business, based on output, ease of use and value for money.’
The IPS Printer Shoot-out contenders are:
Fuji Xerox Phaser 7800 duplex toner printer: Colour laser up to A3; up to 45ppm. (Aimed at the quality lay flat photo book market); to 2400x1200dpi resolution.
Kodak 305 dye sub printer (featuring smartphone connectivity as part of the Kodak Print Place Kiosk Tablet 100 bundle): 6×4 and 6×8-inch (roll paper); approx 5 prints per minute; 300dpi.
Kodak D4600 duplex dye sub printer: 8×4 up to 8×12-inch; up to 43 8×12 prints per hour; 300dpi.
Epson SureLab SL-D700 compact 8-inch Inkjet printer: 6-colour inkjet; 4 x 3.5-inch to 8×39-inch; 360 6×4 prints per hour; 720dpi.
Epson Surelab SL-D3000 Dual Roll 12-inch inkjet printer: 6-colour inkjet; 650 prints per hour; 5×3.5-inch to 12×48-inch; 720dpi or 1440dpi.
Noritsu Green Lab 10-inch duplex inkjet printer: 4-colour inkjet; 5×3.5-inch to 12×36-inch (13×25-inch on sheet paper); up to 950 prints per hour; 720dpi or 1440dpi.
IPS is inviting customers and prospective customers to bring along up to five of their best image files to print and compare, and they can output from any or all of the printers.
If customers already have a silver halide, lab – they should bring in the same prints on their current lab for comparison, IPS advised.
There will also of course be sample files on hand to demonstrate the printers’ capabilities.
IPS is on Stand 101 at The Digital Show.
Retailers who want to book in a specific time to check out the array of dry lab options from Independent Photo can email David Hill at David.Hill@iphoto.net.au.