I'm pondering my first printer purchase and have been trying to do the cost accounting between the B9180 at the low-end, the 3800 in the mid-range, and the iPF5000 at the top end.
While the discussion on ink costs seems to clearly favour the iPF5000, I'm having harder time with the paper argument. www.shadesofpaper.com
shows roll paper not being much cheaper than sheets. For example:
Hahnemuhle PhotoRag 308
640267-50I (17" x 22"- 50 Sheet Box) $248.70 = 1.33 cents per sq. inch
10643273 (17 " x 39 ’ Roll) $106.80 = 1.34 cents per sq. inch
A similar result is found for Photo Rag Satin 310.
Obviously, this is making wonder whether it is worthwhile to bother with roll paper at all.
Can anyone let me know whether the pricing above is an anomaly or if it is normal?