Thanks. I'd seen it before but didn't bookmark the site.
I have a question that you can perhaps answer. A close friend wants to sell me his Epson 3800 printer with about $400 worth of refill ink. Of course no one can read my mind to understand my tie to DSLR or uses. But I'll ask anyway.
My wife is an artist and I told her it might be worthwhile to have a large format with which to duplicate her images and give to clients. She said, Nah! Do these large printers pay off with seldom use? Do they require a lot of upkeep and maintenance?
And is it a steep learning curve. I've got one year of DSLR use and it took about 9 months to get it to be instinctual in actual use. And I still forget things.
This is a great printer, and for me has been very reliable. For the last two winters it has sat unused for six months at a time because I winter elsewhere, and each spring it has restarted without a hitch. I use it primarily for 8.5x11, but like having the option of doing large prints when necessary. Ink costs are actually lower, I think, than smaller printers because of the larger ink cartridges -- which do last quite a long time.
If you have room for the larger footprint of this machine, and the price is right, I would highly recommend the 3800.
Thanks Neal. What about the learning curve? I don't yet have a computer that will run PP software. So I've got all that to learn. But I don't understand a thing about color curves or calibrating monitors and such.
Is there a book or online tutorial you'd recommend on printing>
I find that its a pain keeping a printer running well on an occasional basis. My printing is in infrequent but intense bursts. I travel a lot and obviously it doesn't get used at all while I'm gone. I often go a month without making any prints at all. Then I need to print, and I might make 20 in a weekend. Even with the newer 7900, keeping the nozzles clear is not a particularly fun task.
My advice is to not tackle printing until after you get some post processing and especially color management down. There will be other printers wandering around, and in the meantime as you learn the processing you can always send a few of the out to a service.
_____ Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member
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There are many websites that can give basic information on color management. All you need to do is search a little. Here are two sites that I believe offer well written tutorials of what can be a complicated and confusing topic for the uninitiated.
On this one read through all the related articles listed at the end of this page.