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1  Technical Discussions / Cameras / Re: Depth of field and f-stop on: February 07, 2011, 09:44:56 PM
Is the Canon SX30IS more likely to be able to produce a shallower depth of field than the Canon SX130IS? Or is it about the same? 

I can't quite afford a DSLR right now so I'm trying to step up in quality a bit...

2  Technical Discussions / Cameras / Re: Depth of field and f-stop on: January 28, 2011, 03:08:04 AM
The reason I haven't compared is because I haven't opened the SX130 yet. It was a gift to replace the SX100 but I was thinking that if it doesn't help me get a more shallow depth of field, I might as well sell it.

Thanks for the reply and information.
3  Technical Discussions / Cameras / Depth of field and f-stop on: January 27, 2011, 05:39:08 PM

I have a Canon SX100 IS and a Canon SX130 IS.

The SX100 has f-stop range from F2.8-4.3
The SX130 has f-stop range from of F3.4 to 5.6

I'm a newbie.

One of the things I would like to be able to do is have a shallow depth of field for some of my photos.

If I understand correctly, the lower the f-stop setting the shallower the depth of field can be.

So does that mean, the SX100 can produce images with a shallower depth of field than the SX130?

Thank you.
4  Mike's Software / Qimage / Re: Printers compatible with qimage on: December 31, 2009, 08:45:21 PM
Yes, The R1800/1900 will print with no page breaks or other breaks. I use the other method of User Defined page size in the driver, and I can tell the printer and Qimage that I want to print on (example: 12.50 wide x 120.00 long.) You will get a 10 foot long print!!!
It will print perfectly. That is a 13.00 inch wide roll. You can also get rolls for that printer in 8.5 inches wide too.
To clarify, if you use roll paper, you would use the banner mode and User Defined page size.
If you are using the standard 8.5 x 11 sheet paper, then poster mode can be used and will make multiple sheets which you will have to paste together using scotch tape
This printer is well under 500 dollars, your range.

So, with the R1900 what is the longest print you can do without Qimage? 44",right?
You are definitely right about the R1900 cost! thank you.

How does it do for ink costs? Is there a way to compare ink costs for various printers?

Ernst, thanks for the clarification. I appreciate the information.
5  Mike's Software / Qimage / Re: Printers compatible with qimage on: December 28, 2009, 10:13:10 PM

 The roll mode is not compatible with Qimage's Poster/Tiles method as described in Learn by Example 6a. Between the tiles a double margin of 5 mm is placed = a white band of 10 mm give or take one mm.

So the "Learn by Example 6a" incorrectly states that Qimage will print posters (without the margin) on roll feed capable printers?

Fred, will the Epson R1900 print continuously without the margin/band that Ernst mentions? If that is the case, I won't need to use the poster feature of Qimage.

Do you have any caveats for regarding the R1900?

Thank you/
6  Mike's Software / Qimage / Re: Printers compatible with qimage on: December 24, 2009, 10:59:27 PM
Hi Fred. I should have been more specific.

I use a HP Deskjet 6122 and it has a setting for Paper Type: HP Banner Paper
Paper Size: Banner 8.5" x 11"

My overall goal is to print a series of pictures side-by-side on the same sheet of paper. The dimensions will be 8.5" wide x 70".

I have the feeling I will need a different printer. Is there anything in the market for $500 or under?

My main Qimage use will be the poster feature (http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage/qimagehlp/lbe.htm#6a).

Also, do I need a printer that can utilize roll paper and banner paper or either one of those?
7  Mike's Software / Qimage / Printers compatible with qimage on: December 24, 2009, 10:41:58 PM

Has anyone come up with a list of printers that are compatible with the "Using the poster feature to overcome your print driver's maximum page length limitation" function of qimage?

I have tried this feature a couple of times with the banner option in this printer's setup without success.

Are there any recommended printers under $500 that can be used for the poster feature of Qimage?

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