I don't own a printer.
I shoot a lot of artwork for reproduction. The problem I have having quite a lot is the complaint from printers (in particular) and clients (to a lesser extent) is that they don't have the reference that a colour transparency used to give them.
In an effort to deal with this, I want to buy a printer which, when required, will allow me to deliver 7"x5" or 10"x8" (certainly A4 size at most) reference prints with the digital files.
I want something that is;
a. Not too expensive to run.
b. Give me some degree of colour management control.
c. Has reasonable resolution.
I've noticed that in some ranges (e.g. Epson) the models further up the range can frequently have just a few extra bells and whistles, without any improved print quality. I don't need bells and whistles.
e.g. the Epson R220 is 5760 x 1440 while the R340 (with its bells and whistles and costing a good bit more) is 5740 x 1440.
What should I be looking at?
If Epson, should it be the Picturemate range or the Stylus Photo range?
Having worked exclusively in E6 for 20 years and only recently moved into digital, this is all new to me. So, speak slowly please! ;-)