Most amazing product at the show! Epson 5500 - The Death Knell for Silver Halide?
12:22 EST - Without a doubt, one of the most impressive (flat out amazing, really) products we saw at PMA this year was Epson's 5500 professional-level ($3,495) inkjet printer. More than any product we've seen recently, the 5500 shows the way things will be in the future, and marks a transition from one way of doing things (silver halide-based color output technology) to another (archival inkjet-based printing). We don't view ourselves as being the least bit hyperbolic when we label this printer as the "death knell of silver halide."|
In recent years, inkjet printers have made great strides, both at the consumer and professional level. Yet, regardless of how good inkjet technology got, we've always had the feeling that photographic technology (based on silver halide imaging) was in various ways superior. Until now. With their latest professional-grade printer (the Stylus Color Pro 5500, announced Monday 2/12/2001), Epson has at...