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Printing Memories



Printing Memories

The Stylus Photo 2000P from Epson

Text By Michael Sheridan

June/July 2001

Several months ago, I began digging through old slides and negatives in an effort to digitize my massive collection of photographs. Being something of a pack rat, I have been attempting to eliminate the boxes full of pictures that I have stored in closet shelves.

However, I am finding that I would like to preserve some of the images in print and display them

Then, something amazing fell on my doorstep: A printer that turned my scanned images into incredible prints. I'm talking, of course, about the Epson Stylus Photo 2000P. Although I had been shown what some desktop printers were capable of producing with color photographs, I was always somewhat skeptical. However, when I watched the 2000P create the vibrant, detailed image of me and my wife-to-be, Lillian, standing in Times Square on New Year's Eve in 1999, I was floored.

But I'm probably getting a bit ahead of myself. For those of you who aren't familiar with the 2000P, I should probably give you so

BITS AND PIECES
The Epson 2000P is a six-color printer, with a maximum resolution of 1440x720. It's designed to allow photographers to produce not only high-quality prints, but long-lasting ones as well. Through the use of Epson's archival inks and papers, photographers can see their images last as long as 200 years — this is according to Epson; I'll let you know how accurate this is in 2201.

The printer is also equipped with Epson's Variable Sized MicroDroplet Technology, which allows for impressive color range and tone quality. This is because the dots it produces are as small as 0.1 microns, allowing for extremely fine detail.

Whether you are printing an 8x10 head shot of a beautiful model, or a 13x19 still life, the 2000P can produce it. It boasts a large printable area up to 13x44. It also comes with a roll paper adapter and can create edge-to-edge printing.

When printing, the user can set the quality and the kind of paper being used. There is also an indicator to show how much ink is left in the cartridges (both black and color).

END RESULTS
OK, so you got some of the details, but how do they hold up in the real world? Well, as I've already written, the prints are outstanding. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality — the colors were terrific, the shift from light to dark was smooth and beautiful, and the detail was sharp.

Usability is relatively simple. The unit was easy to install and can be connected via a parallel port or USB cable. I opted to use the parallel port (yeah, I know, this is pretty old-fashioned in the world of USB, but I didn't have a usable USB cable on me at the time of installation).

Image by Chris Trayler

Using Adobe Photoshop 6.0, I opened up the images I had decided to print. The first was the picture I mentioned earlier of me and my fiancée. I scanned the picture in from the negative at 300 dpi, with a print size of 4x5.

The print was just simply incredible. I would even go so far as to say the quality surpassed the silver-halide print.

Although I found that the 2000P printed my collection of precious moments beautifully, I wanted to see how it was do with a detailed, professional image. This led me to another Cygnus publication, Modern Jeweler. I "borrowed" an image from them of some lovely gold jewelry by Chris Trayer, which appeared in the January 2001 issue.

Again, the 300 dpi — outputted as an 8x10 — image came out stunningly. The detail in the etched necklace was incredible, and the transition of colors and light to shadow was very natural.

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