Epson Stylus Photo R2880
The Bottom Line
Epson has concentrated on the areas most photographers will buy medium-format photo printers for, and has improved flesh tones for portraiture and greyscales for high-quality black-and-white prints. Allied with this is the versatility of multiple paper paths, roll paper handling and direct print of CDs and DVDs. Although a little more expensive than some of its rivals, our tests would say it's worth the extra outlay.
excerpt from Simon Williams
Our Favorite Online User Reviews for the R2880
You have to swap out the ink from matte to glossy if you change paper types. It insists you do. There is no way around it (There was on the 2200). This means that every time I print on a DVD, I have to switch the ink. To do so, the printer primes itself and literally takes 7-10% of the ink to do it. Then to switch it back there goes another 7%. I have gone through so much ink I can hardly stand to look at it.
This is the sixth Epson photo printer I've owned. They've all been excellent, but this one is the best by a wide margin. I'm extremely fussy about print quality, and the 2880 exceeded my expectations "right out of the box". I had read about that, but I hadn't expected it to be true. It is - right out of the box, using the downloadable Epson profiles for the 2880, prints are almost identical to the images' appearance on my calibrated monitor.
My problem with the R2880 is bang-for-buck. This printer GUZZLES ink like a large SUV. At a cost of $100+ a set of ink carts, this printer becomes expensive fast.
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