These posts would be a lot more meaningful if some context are provided, such as whether profiles are used, what are the settings used in the printing program and Epson driver, how are prints evaluated, etc.
I print in accordance with my workflow:
- Monitor calibrated with a Monaco system
- Images in 16bit Adobe RGB Color space
- Print using Bill Atkinson's Epson 2200 icc-profiles
I do not measure scientifically the final prints. I let them dry for 24 hrs. then study them with a loupe and my own eyes. I am interested in how the print will look in normal conditions framed and hung on a livingroom or office wall.
I was not very concerned with black and white points in Photoshop before (I used 8 / 253 based on advice from a book) as I printed mostly in color on matte papers. I was happy with the prints. Now I am trying my luck at digital black and white printing, which is a different ballgame. Getting nice shadow detail and a smooth transition from black to white is very difficult with the Epson 2200. The monitor and the printer is now way off (My Eizo shows excellent shadow detail where the printer will print a black blob).
As I see it now after making my own testchart, with semigloss I will probably need to adjust the blackpoint to the 35-40 range. On the monitor I can see difference between 4 and 5 - quite a dead range for the printer in other words.