Review

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

As an existing owner of the Epson Stylus Photo R1900, I was not at all surprised by the clean modern design of the Epson Stylus Photo R2000. So the major differences between the R1900 aesthetically are the buttons are now on the front instead of the top and the wireless capability of the Epson Stylus R2000 which is a huge benefit. At setup, I recommend first using a usb cable and setup the network. The wireless setup and printer setup in general was painless.

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Similar to the R1900, printing on thick papers will require the media to be manually fed. Make sure to read the instructions for proper use.

The Epson Stylus Photo R2000 comes with a media tray for cd label printing and also a roll holder for paper rolls which is huge when you plan on printing mass quantities of different sizes. Essentially, as a prosumer type user, the Epson Stylus Photo R2000 has you covered. I am ready to print beautiful images.

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AFTER FIRST USE:

Amazing amazing amazing. Again at no surprise the Epson Stylus Photo R2000 printed beautiful images from the shoot. Of course with any type of printing care must be provided to ensure that the color is accurate on the computer screen and then translated to the printer. This type of accuracy is achieved by using printer profiles that you would be able to locate at the Epson website.

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Ensure that you use the correct printer profile that matches the printer and also the type of paper used.

This review came at a perfect time where I had scheduled to meet potential bridal clients. So I needed some sample prints to show on the different papers offered. A huge selling point to owning your own printer is the speed in which you could generate prints for showcase. Usually, in the past when prints needed to be presented to clients the image would need to come from a print lab, which required days for processing and delivery. Now with the technology to date, we can simply click print on our computer and out comes a print in a matter of seconds for showcase.

Therefore, I used the Epson Stylus Photo R2000 for the first time and printed on each paper shown below. You’d be able to see how each Epson paper type added to the quality of image. Let’s just say I was blown away. The color is amazing and the feel of the print is what you’d expect from Epson.

EPSON ULTRA PREMIUM PHOTO PAPER LUSTER 13×19

The image below is of a styled shoot I captured at the Murphy Ranch. It was a bright sunny day with the sun almost overhead. Therefore, I had to position the subject facing away from the sun and to use the sun as an edge/back light while I supplement the existing light with off camera flash to provide dimension and also add some color with the use of an orange gel to add some warmth to the image. Before the image was shot, I also used the colorchecker passport to ensure the color is true to what I see from the camera and translated to the computer and then finally to the printer, which as you can see below was absolutely, spot on. I opted to use the Epson Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster because I wanted the semi gloss look but yet still achieve that pop of color.

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EPSON ULTRA PREMIUM PHOTO PAPER LUSTER 8.5×11

The image below is from a wedding bridal retake session which is a service I know offer for brides that weren’t happy with their previous photographer. This image was captured using 3 flashes for the high fashion look. For this image, I too wanted a semi gloss look to the final product so I used the Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster but at a smaller size than the previous.

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EPSON VELVET FINE PAPER 8.5×11

The image below is of a wedding I captured where the bride was running up the stairs and at a split second I picked up my camera and captured the image of the dress details. For this image, the Epson Velvet Fine paper made most sense, as the texture of the dress is what I wanted to bring attention to and the texture of the Velvet Fine paper helped.

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A FEW OF THE FEATURES I FOUND MOST USEFUL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: (view a full listing at the manufacturer website

  • Intuitive
  • Wireless 802.11n, USB 2.0 and 100Mbit Ethernet Support
  • Accommodates cut-sheet and roll paper in sizes up to 13” wide: supports photographic and fine art paper, canvas, 1.3mm thick board and inkjet printable CD/ DVDs
  • Epson UltraChrome Hi-Gloss 2 pigment ink for colorful, vibrant prints, beautiful skin tones that are highly water, smudge and fade resistant.

CONCLUSION:

If you are a prosumer looking for a printing solution to satisfy family pictures and occasional headshot or portrait job, then the Epson Stylus Photo R2000 is the printer for choice. You not only receive a printer that produce high quality prints but the system is versatile in media types and looks good in your office or studio. The inks are fairly inexpensive and easily accessible via your closest camera store or Amazon which is my personal favorite. Any level photographer shouldn’t be without a quality printer.

Disclosure: We’ve received this product at no cost for this review. The views and opinion expressed in this review are mine.

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