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Epson Stylus Pro 3800
For quality, size, weight & price, it's Epson's best yet

Epson Stylus Pro 3800
Epson Stylus Pro 3800
Images by Douglas Dubler

woman with an unbrella
Images by Douglas Dubler

young boy and girl
Images by Douglas Dubler

young boy from Bali
Images by Douglas Dubler

Another improvement in print appearance is the virtual elimination of bronzing and metamerism, which is a result of the Black, Light Black, and Light Light Black inks used in the UltraChrome K3 inks. The new screening algorithm also contributes to the change.

The next image I printed looked best on matte paper, so I used Epson's UltraSmooth Fine Art Paper. This time, I used the profile provided by Epson instead of my custom profile. When I clicked "Print," the printer automatically changed to "Matte" black. In less than two minutes the image began to print.

My evaluation of the finished print was very positive. The profile from Epson produced a print that had very rich blacks, good shadow detail, and good highlight detailómore than 90 percent of what I look for in a print. For that additional 10 percent, consider using custom profiles. My favorite is the ColorBurst X-Proof RIP.

Good Driver

With each generation of printers, Epson improves the performance of their driver. Compared to the driver from a few generations ago, this one approaches the linearity of the ColorBurst RIP, an integral part of my printing workflow. Essentially, Epson has provided a very good software solution, which greatly simplifies the workflow and ensures an excellent finished print.

My overall experience with the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 was more or less what I have come to expect from Epson. Unexpected was the size and weight of the printer, and its $1,295 price tag. If we paid for technology by the cubic ounce, this printer would probably qualify as Epson's best offering to date.

If we paid for technology by the ounce, this printer would probably qualify as Epson's best offering to date.

NOTE: All information in this article is accurate as of the date of this publication.

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Douglas Dubler ( studied fine arts and liberal arts at Harvard and Boston University and was mentored by Ansel Adams and Isamu Noguchi. Dubler has been taking pictures professionally since 1970. His images have captured some of the most famous names in the world for countless magazine covers and cosmetic ads.