i'm unfortunately in the market for a new printer. right when i way almost done with testing for the correct color for my negatives, the printhead died. the gum woes have kept me from replacing it until now- i didn't feel like thinking about a new printer, if i can't produce anything useful anyway. well, this is the end for my 10year old canon ip3000. i blame the cheap second party inks.
i have zero experience with other printers. the new printer will pretty much only be used for digital negatives and an occasional text document every now and then. well, i was actually satisfied with the old canon, but since the whole alt. community recommends epson, i think i'll go with one of these. "epson stylus photo" is the model to go with, i guess? if i stick with A4 maximum size, would the "p50" be good enough? or are there big advantages with the "r800"?
i'd rather go a little cheaper now and save the big money for a A3 printer some time in the future.
i'd love to go for a a3 printer now, but right now is not a good time for big investments for me. i could maybe go for the cheapest epson A3, the "r1900", but i'm hesitant to buy the cheapest one of the A3-printers. the "hp photosmart pro b8550" (A3) costs less than 300euro. this would be an option. does some have experience with diginegs and "hp vivera" inks? the canon "ip9000" series would be equally cheap.
but all things considered - A3 would have additional costs, like i'd have to build a new exposure unit, finding bigger transparencies...etc -, i think i'll most likely stay with A4 for now and go for a good epson one.
any help from people with more printer knowledge than me would be greatly appreciated. especially how the different inks work for diginegs. for the other things i could check the printer tests, but info on printing transparencies is sparse.
thanks a bunch