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Old 10-22-2015   #1
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Most of us know the Pros & Cons for each choice. To get those out of the way, let me list them for you (feel free to add yours).

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- Big upfront expense when buying a good quality printer.
- The heads dry if not used frequently enough.
- Steep learning curve.

+ Immediacy. There is no waiting.
+ Full control. From A (capture) to Z (output).
+ More paper choices.

Away:
+ Much much cheaper.
+ No headache. Send and shall receive. End of story.

- Waiting time.
- Postage cost.
- Less control.

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That list pretty much sums up my feelings on printing. I don't have a good photo printer. I don't print enough to justify the space, expense, and time commitment.

and one item I would add to your list - cons of printing - printers and supplies take a fair bit of desk and storage space.
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and one item I would add to your list - cons of printing - printers and supplies take a fair bit of desk and storage space.
Excellent point, Zamlin! It is such an important point that it might be a deal breaker for some.

While doing my research (before this thread), I was shocked about the size and weight of a good printer. What the L it's like the size and weight of a small car (not literally, but ...).
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For example, today Canon announced a new printer. Have a look at its weight...

Weight: 70.5 lb / 32 kg

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If you need high quality, with 8 or more inks and blends or blacks and all that, then you better be printing at least one image a day, and that is actually preferred because if you go 5 days and then print 10, you waited too long and you can add the cost of a print cleaning ink loss to the list.
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Printing just one print every day or few days wastes ink due to the printer's start-up procedure. My Epson 3800 gives no trouble after sitting idle a week or more. It has also been nearly trouble free for eight and a half years and over 6000 prints, large and small. It has consumed over 30 ink cartridges in that time. It certainly has been an expense, but no more than a few other areas of my photography. It's nice to produce prints in minutes instead of days. Being able to fine-tune the nuances of a small print before printing the ultimate large print can save money and grief. If this Epson ever fails, I'm ready to buy another Epson much like it.
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Interesting, but I never had an Epson.
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For me, I almost never print images. I don't care for little snap sizes, they aren't worth the trouble. If I want to print something, I want it large. However, I don't usually have images that are worth being blown up and put on a wall. So I don't print very many images.

I don't have a printer for images either. It's too expensive and too much of an effort to calibrate and also the time involved in figuring it all out is just too much. For the few images I want printed I'll send out.

However if I was running a business with lots of prints being made, I'd probably want to be able to dial it all in myself.
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then you better be printing at least one image a day
That's the most important deciding factor for some (including me). Heads drying.

Btw, never heard/read about a print a day. It's more like once a week or 10 days. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.
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. . .I don't have a printer for images either. It's too expensive and too much of an effort to calibrate and also the time involved in figuring it all out is just too much. For the few images I want printed I'll send out. . . .
I've never closely calibrated my monitor and printer to each other. Viewing a small test print in normal room lighting seems more valid than viewing a monitor with its internal lighting.


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