After messing with the Canon printer for a couple of months, the work necessary to get good profiles and the difficulty I'm having in holding fine details in certain green areas (a problem I've seen in the r800 as well) I think mine is going out the window. Well, not yet ... I'll hang on and hope Canon actually gives us some new firmware. But I find myself going to my 9800 almost exclusively now, and wishing my 4800 was still around.
While its true the gamut may be technically bigger, I just can't see enough difference to make it worth the trouble.
I would only recommend this printer if you must use both gloss/lustre papers as well as matte papers. To me this only real advantage that makes it worth all the extra work is not having to switch out the matte/photo blacks.
I think Epson is just about to address that ... so it may be worth waiting for a couple more weeks.
Wayne, you are right in every way and you're sincere.
The K3 inks have an image quality that is so close to perfection , that both HP and Canon are going to have offer improvements in other directions even to come close to the well established current K3 inks.
This week I brought back more samples from the iP5000 and I'm sorry to say but I'm underwhelmed by the image quality. Yes the gamut is very large in many areas, much larger than some areas vs. Epson, but comparing the bottom end of the gamut Epson still have a huge advantage in shadow chroma and saturation under L50. The linearity on the Epson is very smooth, the resulting graduations are what are needed for photography. A large gamut is nice, but if it causes output to look like a plastic painting then it's not well conceived.
So I think the new competitors printers should offer features and software well conceived , that simply work without gotcha's and print with photographic excellence and permanence over trying to sell how big a gamut is. If Epson add an exension to the K3 inkset other than the 4th K cart****** ! I would hope that it be just enough to round out the already beautiful rendering they have.