Summary: Creates high quality prints but it requires very expensive ink. Also, repairs are very expensive. I left mine idle for 5 or 6 months and the print heads dried out. This cost me $500 for repairs.
"Customer service will just tell you they don't know!"
23 February 2010
Pros: When it feels like working, no problem at all.
Cons: It stalls. You waste Epson's really expensive fine art paper trying to get it to "like your feed". You have to keep canceling print jobs! Let's not talk about the black ink changing issue, which is in lots of online complaints.
Summary: Working with Velvet Fine Art and using Colormunki printer calibration. I fine that the printer doesn't seem to do well working in moderate F stop changes to the darker side in the photo. An example is an antique car under a carport at a old gas station. Gas station is fine but the car in the shade has muddled color? My R1800 seem to handle these changes fine. My advice is to test print on 8X10 paper before you jump to the 17X22 stuff.
Summary: Don't buy the optional ColorBurst RIP software. There's nothing wrong with the software, except that it only works with Epson papers. You can never add another paper to the list. The RIP is also hard to use and loves to print on absurd locations on the paper, even when you select "center." The printer itself is nice, and my one call to Epson support was handled well by a gentleman who was sympathetic to the castrated-RIP issue. Be prepared to spend at least $[...
Summary: We purchased the Professional version of the Stylus Pro 3800 which costs several hundred dollars more than the standard model. Unfortunately, we are on our third printer. Presumably this was sheer bad luck that we got a couple of lemons. The first printer failed shortly after purchase. The second one suffered a serious paper jam and had to be taken into an Epson service center (across the state I might add). They repaired it while my wife waited.