Well, now that the K3 Epsons have been out long enough, what is the general experience with (neutral) B&W printing using the standard Epson driver?
I have been involved in some press proofing tests a while ago and it appears there still are colorshifts in neutrals. I was waiting to see whether more people are experiencing this, but this topic doesn't seem to be discussed. Does this mean most people have favorable experience? Or is the visual toning control simply obscuring the results?
A few thoughts. The three K3 carbon based "blacks" are excellent, and show negligable color shifting. Assuming that you are using the Advanced Black and White mode in the Epson driver, have tone set to neutral and are printing with photo black ink, you are using only these 3 inks, and should not be seeing notable color shifts.
Matte Black, however. remains unchanged from the K2 inkset.
When you begin toning, you are adding color inks into the mix, and although I would not refer to this as obscuring the results, it will certainly effect neutrality (although, again, shifting is negligable).
I would highly suggest checking out a roll of Museo Silver Rag. Be sure to give it a go at 2880. For color prints, if using the museo profile, try bumping the color density by 3-10%. I have never been more pleased with my prints.