It's all a matter of priorities; I am an artist who also enjoys photography. For some future planned projects, I'd like to be able to run off some 17 x 22 inch posters. Without a decent colour printer, I wouldn't have much use for my computer. Therefore, I am willing to spend some extra dough for a good printer.
Other guys buy snakes. Hey, whatever turns your crank.
...on the other hand, John, if you do a lot of weddings, there must be some people out there willing to spend an extra 300 bucks for a stunning 12 x 18 print, nicely matted in an 18 x 24 frame. Sell five of those and you've bought your printer. Sell six and you are starting to realize a profit.
Now we're talking negative cash flow. I'd have to pay people to haul a portrait of me away.
But seriously, I have always calculated the potential for profit before buying equipment. The 3800 is, without a doubt, professional equipment, therefore not suitable for most people. If I didn't have certain objectives, I would probably have bought the 2880, but it is only six hundred dollars or so cheaper than this. The higher cost of ink would probably make up the differerence in the long run.
Yeah, definitely "Pro" equipment. It's big, it's heavy, it's moderately expensive and it can make very large prints (up to 17 x 22 inches, which you have to be able to get the supplies for.) But I can say without reservaton that it makes the best prints I have ever produced from any printer or even old fashioned wet reversal or negative prints. And, according to Wilhelm (who tests these things) the prints will last far longer without fading.
And by the way, if you do much black and white photography, it can produce fantastic B&W, too. The secret lies in its three shades of black plus two versions of black for glossy and for matte paper. You have to be careful not to over sharpen files destined for the 3800; its prints are so good that it is easy to see the haloing artifacts which other, no-so-sharp printers hide. This seems to be especially the case in monochrome.
Okay, gotta stop now. It sounds like I'm bragging. I'm not; I am merely thrilled.
Here's two I am hanging on the wall...lol Right-Click...
Of course I will now have to get them reprinted at different sizes since there's only 1 or 2 that can fit the 11x17 prints.
Some Duratrans are inkjets which some say won't yield as rich of a black as traditional Duratrans done on a Lamda or other printer..
I have one that is mostly black the was done on a LightJet and it looks great on the light table at the printers showroom. I would be interested to see if an inkjet Duratrans looks good in the blacks and your printer would prolly handle it.
I mention all of this because I'm looking to make some more money and I like the idea of Duratrans in peoples homes in some of those light boxes I linked to above.
I see only one film product at Epson's site and it comes in rolls only, which is not suitable for the 3800 (but would work for the somewhat higher-end 4880.) But this is a specialty material and one would have to have a pretty fair amount of business lined up to make it pay.
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