The photokina World of Imaging is being held at the Cologne Exhibition Center in Cologne, Germany from September 26 to October 1, 2006. From the exhibition organizers’ facts and figures sheet, “photokina is the only event in the world which offers a comprehensive presentation of all the imaging media, imaging technologies and imaging markets â€” for consumers and professionals alike.”
They’re not kidding! Almost every imaging-related industry is represented, from companies headquartered in cities across the globe. I’ll be highlighting a few of the photo and digital print-related products over the next few days. To start things off, HP introduced four new “Z-series” wide-format inkjet printers. I had an opportunity to see the printers in person and print my work on these printers a few months ago. The HP Designjet Z3100 is an 12-ink pigment-based inkjet printer, with 24 and 44-inch wide versions and HP Designjet Z2100 is an 8-ink pigment-based inkjet printer, also with 24 and 44-inch wide versions.
The HP Designjet Z3100 runs on 11 HP Vivera pigment color inks (four of them black or gray), plus a twelfth Gloss Enhancer â€œinkâ€ that provides better gloss uniformity and helps reduce bronzing on gloss and semi-gloss papers. In the prints I saw before the printer’s final release, image quality was sharp and detailed, with vibrant color, a nice grain structure and little gloss differential or bronzing, especially when the Gloss Optimizer was used. The printer also comes with four black/grey inks, that help to make monochrome prints look more smooth and neutral.
The HP Designjet Z3100 (left-24″ model, right-44″ model)
The HP Designjet Z2100 uses 8 HP Vivera pigment color inks (the same combination of inks that are used in the HP Photosmart Pro B9180, a 13-inch printer that I’ve been testing with impressive results on both matte and gloss papers. No gloss optimizer is used with the Z2100, but color and black and white output on gloss and semi-gloss papers has very little bronzing or gloss differential. The Z2100 has one less gray ink compared with the Designjet Z3100 (three vs. four black and gray inks). A monochrome output option on both Z-series printers allow for just black and grey inks to be used, which allows users to produce prints with very even tones and longer expected longevity. For information on expected longevity on a variety of papers for the Pro B9180 (same inks as the Designjet Z2100), visit www.wilhelm-research.com.
One of the features that sets the Z-series printers apart is their embedded spectrophotometers, which use Eye-One technology from GretagMacbeth to allow for the creation of custom profiles right on the printer. I was very impressed by this technology and HP has created a step-by-step process to make it the process easy to complete. Both printers ship standard with a stand, and built-in connectivity options are Ethernet and USB 2.0.MSRP for the printers is as follows:HP Designjet Z2100: $3,395 (24″) and $5,595 (44″). HP Designjet Z3100: $4,095 (24″) and $6,295 (44″). For a good overview, with a link to the full press release on the new Z-series printers on HP’s website, visit this link.
On HP’s site, you can also order free sample prints from many different printers, including the Z-series.
Check pricing and read more about the HP Photosmart Pro B9180 at Amazon.com
Hello everyone. I’d like to announce that I recently wrote an article on podcasting and audio, and contributed an image and testimonial about how I use a number of HP’s papers and printers. Both were published in Studio Photography magazine’s August issue.
This is the image I contributed to the inkjet article photographed in my favorite “city that never sleeps”:
Photograph Â© Andrew Darlow, All Rights Reserved
And here are the links to the articles online:
For a direct link to the audio and podcasting article: https://www.imaginginfo.com/publication/article.jsp?pubId=3&id=1791
Link to the Inkjet Printer and Paper Article (also includes comments about a wide range of products from many other photographers):
I encourage all professional photographers based in the USA who like the online articles to request a free subscription to Studio Photography magazine. You’ll find a link to request a subscription on their home page. I think they do a fantastic job, and the articles are filled with great images and tips. If you live in Canada or Mexico, the free subscription option may also be available to you, but I’m not sure about that.
I am not an employee of the parent company, Cygnus Business Media, but I served as Editorial Director of a magazine called Digital Imaging Techniques (another Cygnus publication) for two years. You can find many previous online articles from Digital Imaging Techniques here. And to subscribe to my personal Inkjet & Imaging Tips Newsletter, just enter your e-mail address in the box in the top right corner of the home page.
Bye for now…