November 22, 2009

As one can see, the printer's top lid is closed.

Some people on dpreview asked for a CISS setup. Instead of long explanations, this is it:

November 19, 2009

A small digression concerning Non-DSLR Cameras (part1):

This picture was taken by using a Sony Ericsson C510 (3.2 MP). Its a panorama where 4 files were stiched. Not to bad for a cheap(er) cell phone!

November 18, 2009

How to get high quality b/w prints from an Epson 1400 A3 printer:

When printing photos usually all colour cartridges will be used, even when the printer is set to grey-scale. This leads to a colour shift or tint (green or yellow).

Solution 1:
Calibrate the printer by using Colormunki or Spyder. This makes colours more accurate, but the tint is still there.

Solution 2:
Set the printer driver on the advanced page to
Paper type=plain paper (even if you use glossy photo paper)
Quality=fine (best possible setting when plain paper is selected)
Edge smoothing=off (if you like)
Gamma=1.8 (default)
set contrast and brightness as you like

The result will be true bw prints, only the black cartridges will be used (emptied...). The dye ink has a slightly wider gamut than pigment inks. It is a really deep black and the contrast will be better than the contrast of an Epson r2400 or r2880 – I tested it! Due to the fact that only the nozzles from the black printing section of the print head are used, the resolution will be a bit lower, but in case of printing on format larger than A6 this does not matter.