Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/11/25

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Piezo Plunge
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Date: Sun, 25 Nov 2001 16:13:45 -0800
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David Rodgers writes:
 > Eric,
 > It's not what they can and can't do but how they do it.
 > The 1280 is 6 color. The 3000 is 4 color. From what I gather there's no 
 > advantage to hextone over quadtone for greyscale printing. Yet there's a 
 > price disadvantage in having to deal with 2 more shades of ink. That's why 
 > the now discontinued 4 color 1160 is popular for greyscale printing. It was 
 > an inexpensive printer that used quadtone inks.

I've recently exchanged a bunch of mail with Paul Roark,, who's been developing a set
of quadtone inks that let you vary the print tone from cold to warm.

He had this to say about the 1280-1160 issue:
    The 1280 is clearly the best in terms of image quality -- even
    with "quads."  With the MIS VM quads, it actually measures as
    having smoother highlights than my 1160 Piezo.  Epson just keeps
    improving these things.

But that says, he does all of his work with a pair of 1160's.

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