It sounds like you plan on doing a lot of B&W, in which case you may prefer the output of the 4800. The K3 system is fantastic, and the ability to control the tonality in the driver is very elegant.
The Canon is a nice piece of hardware, but their software is quite lacking. The documentation is dreadful, the Web site awful, and the various media types and settings perplexing. You will find a wide arsenal of ICC profiles for the Epson on-line, but the Canon offerings will be slim. But if you can beat it into submission the Canon can produce some beautiful prints. I would not call it any better than the Epson, although the ability to print on both glossy and matte medias without switching black inks is attractive (if you print on a variety of substrates that is)
It is also my sense that the Canon is not the ideal printer for a beginner. I think the Epson is a lot simpler in its approach, and there is a lot of knowledge on-line about how to use them effectively.
Thanks, Eric. I am getting dizzy because their are many opinions. Yes, I like to do b/w. I am concerned about the nozzle clogging issue with 4800 however. And it deos sound like the Canon software issues could be a real b_____. I may be away from my studio for weeks at a time and not sure how to deal with that implication, for any printer. Is there a way to deal with that? Sometimes when I get frustrated with this decisoion I think I oughtta just stay old fashioned and do the darkroom thing. With enlargers going for a song and considering my digital upfront investment I could have one hell of a traditional setup, maybe even a processing machine that would run my rc b/w papers. Just thoughts. Thanks again.