I was wondering what would be the best solution for optimized (or close enough) when trying out different papers without a RIP or custom profiling capabilites. I was pretty much set on the Epson 4800 but decided to wait until more info is available for the new Canon IPF5000. With the 4800 I think I wouldn't have much choice but to pay for the ImagePrint RIP (phatte black), which would take of the paper profiles. With the ink swapping problem taken care of on the canon I wouldn't need the RIP, but I'm not quite sure what to do when using/trying out different papers. Do you just purchase profiles from certain sources? Do some provide profiles that are generally better than others?
I should mention that I've got quite a few expenses coming my way and not much money so if I could get away with not having to spend $900 for a RIP or more for a profiling system that would certainly help A LOT. But I also don't want to get bad results from trying to print on the cheap.