Conclusion: For me the decision to purchase an SP4000 is a no-brainer. The ink savings alone over the 2200 will pay for the printer in less than 6 months, and the 75% increase in output speed is always welcome when a big print job is underway. Being able to make 16X20" prints is most welcome, and since I rarely make anything bigger I'm happy not to have to devote half my work space to a 7600 floor model printer. Spousal approval is therefore assured.
Excerpt: (1 items) In its never-ending quest to stay ahead of Hewlett-Packard and Canon in the photo- printer market, Epson has released the Stylus Pro 4000, a large-format ink-jet printer that improves upon a tradition of excellence most recently found in the Stylus Photo 2200 ( ; October 2002) and the Stylus Pro 7600 ( ; February 2003).
Pros: No cartridge swapping, Fast performance, Print quality rivals that of photo labs, Automatic nozzle alignment and an eight-ink printhead save you time, Extensive paper-handling options, including borderless printing
Epson's New Stylus Pro 4000 The Biggest And Maybe The Best Desktop Photo Printer Yet
1 September 2001
Excerpt: Another printing adventure I undertook was reproducing a number of images made on 120 film with a 6x12cm Horseman film back. These panoramas were sized to 15x30" at 300dpi and printed on a roll of Epson Premium Semimatte Photo Paper. These very large prints reproduced a number of differing natural scenes like this lake in Oregon's Cascade Mountains, as well as some black and whites made in the ghost town of Bodie, California, and even a full-length portrait.