>Can anyone assist me in the decision making of purchasing a Canon
>BJC-610 or Epson Stylus II, Photo print Quality is the main
>importance to me. I would really like some input from someone who has
>seen the same printout from both printers and compared them.
I would suggest getting the Epson Color Stylus _Pro_ or _Pro XL_
(large format) instead of the ES2. The print quality is certainly much
better than the Canon or HP Printers, especially in the 720dpi mode.
Also, the XL prints a full-bleed 11x17" page with crop marks on SuperB
paper for only about $2200 _with_ Level 2 PostScript.
If, as you say, "Photo print Quality" is your priority, I would
suggest getting a dyesub printer. The Fargo PrimeraPro is very good,
low cost, but slow. The Tektronix Phaser 480 is fast, output quality
is excellent, but the cost is prohibitive for home use.
I would even recommend the Epson Color Stylus Pro over the likes of
the Lexmark Jetprinter 4079 plus (inkjet), the QMS magicolor (color
laser) and the Tektronix 340 (thermal wax) which cost much more. Of
course, the Epson CSPro is _NO_ speed demon, but if you can wait, the
quality is pretty darn good. Alternatively, a very good color laser is
the Lexmark Optra C---mid-speed, good quality printing with screened
The dithering patterns are very noticeable in the Phaser 340, Lexmark
4079 plus and QMS magicolor. For example, in a pink or dark yellow
solid color area, black dithering dots are clearly visible even from
20 to 30cm away. The same is true for the Fargo PrimeraPro in thermal
wax mode _only_; in dyesub, it's great (SLOW). For the Epson Stylus
Pro XL, these dithering patterns are not visible until you get closer
than about 4cm to the page. Large areas of color are especially