I have a pair of Ricoh C900 for sale. 1 is a copy/print/scan "S" version with only 53,000 impressions (showroom model). It comes with SR 5000, BK 5000, LCT and Fiery. Asking $55k
Also have a Print only version with SR 5000, LCT and Fiery for $35k with 1.5 million impressions.
I read an article by 3rd party lab comparing igen4 and indigo 5000 & 7000. Surprised me that for photo quality, indigo 5000 with ymck+light cyan & light magenta is quite near to igen4 print quality. Indigo 7000 ymck is totally out of the game. Question : does anyone has Experience with igen4 photo quality print? Is that true? I had been using indigo 5000. With right paper, the quality is very good.
Reliability is important too. Indigo is a complicated machine. It need alot of maintenance to get the quality print. Some maintenance required the indigo people to perform which cost extra. No idea of igen4.
It's probably this one here:
....probably also worth pointing out it's a Xerox sponsored report.
Please find Reasons that why Indigo is much above these powder tonner advanced photocopy devices
1) Indigo is the only Digital Press in the world which is based on offset architecture (Plate – Blanket – Impression Cylinders)
2) Indigo works on a unique patent technology of Liquid Electro Ink, In which Ink pigments are translucent and actually are offset pigments. this is a video on Liquid ink Vs Powder tonner (YouTube - HPIndigovsTheOthers)
3) Offers a complete range of pantones for spot color printing, which is not available in any other digital machine
4) Photo inks is another unique feature in HP Indigo 5500 which helps to print better photography products like albums
5) Thick substrate kit (optional) in HP Indigo allows you to print jobs up to 450 microns (approx 400 plus gsm)
6) High DPI printing allows Indigo to print as fine as 0.423 point size text for security applications
7) color printing ensures the accuracy of color and perfect color matching vis-Ã -vis offset printing up till 97 %
8) The press is structurally based on Ryobi offset machine chassis which makes it very heavy and robust (no plastic part, only metal) work-horse
9) Widest variety of paper stock, like textured, metallic, non tear-able, transparency, etc. can be printed on Indigo
10) White Ink is new added advantage to create high quality Tags, Designed Photo Albums, Printing on Transparent material
also ask for GMG software with the Indigo for advanced color consistancy
Okay, related to my original reply:
We upgraded to the iGen4, but tints and screens remain a challenge for us. I'm looking for some best practices around handling tints on an iGen4. We're having some issues with hitting and holding tints--device to device and run to run on the same device. Our original idea was to create named plates in the LUT for each Pantone value (i.e. 417_90; 417_85, etc.), but this option doesn't quite work out due to how InDesign names color swatches (it forces a percentage into the naming that cannot be added to the LUT, i.e. 417_85 85%). Using the CMYK breakdown of the Pantone doesn't always work because each press has its own personality with regard to how the CMYK breakdown outputs, so what we're trying to accomplish here is a way to "own" each of the tints so we can make device-specific adjustments.
It's worth noting here that we do NOT have any prepress ability in our shop, since this responsibilty is farmed out to another unit in the same company. We're supplied only with the print-ready PDF from our prepress group.
Any ideas/insights/offers are very much welcome!
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