My Epson R3000's PK ink line is dropping large puddles of ink on my prints. All other inks seem fine, so I have been using up my inventory by focusing on matte photo paper printing while I investigate a replacement printer.
I am interested in acquiring either the P800 or the Pro-1000 as a replacement. So far, choosing one over the other seems a matter of 'picking my poison'. However, there are a couple of questions I have not seen discussed and could possibly have an impact on my choice:
1. the P800 has 9 inks and no clear overcoat; the Pro-1000 has 11 inks plus a clear overcoat. Do people imagine the added inks of Canons printer would have any impact on overall cost of operation? (my thinking suggests 'no' if one assumes the same volume of ink ((all colors)) is laid down per print by both printers. But I have no way of knowing whether the same volumes are laid down.) However, using the chroma optimizer is an added cost if it is used.
2. How important/valuable is having a chroma optimizer capability? Would identical prints produced on a P800 and a Pro-1000 be obviously different/better due to the chroma optimizer laid down by the Canon printer?
I am an amateur photographer. I do not sell prints. The pleasure I derive from photography is moving up the learning curve as I further my knowledge, skill and experience. I would want to acquire the printer that offers the most opportunity to move up that curve.
Thanks in advance for any insight / guidance.
It's not picking poison. With a bit of perspective you would appreciate what marvelous printing technology we have at our fingertips these days.
There's no point "imagining" anything about ink costs. Either we have the data to establish what it costs, or we don't. In the case of Canon a utility for the printer provides it; Epson does not. Therefore they cannot be compared. I wouldn't think of the chroma optimizer as an "extra cost". It is simply part of the inkset and costed-in along with the other inks.
You may wish to re-read what I said in my review of the Pro-1000 about perceived print quality from the 4900, P800, and Pro-1000 printers.
Learning to print isn't about the printer; regardless of the printer model it's 99% about the initial quality of your photographs and your ability to prepare the photos for print using your photo editing application.