Epson Stylus Photo R3000 Inkjet Printer
Fast, quiet, beautiful prints.
I purchased this printer the day ofter my R220 gave up the ghost after 4 or 5 years of hard service. In between the time that I'd bought my R220 and the day it crapped out on me, I'd graduated from a professional photography school and and one of the things that I came away with from that place was the love of printing all of my own photos. I was resolved to have a printer that could:
A. I could afford
B. Could make decent black and white/sepia prints
C. Could print on Hahnemuhle fine art papers
D. Could handle 13" wide papers.
E. Wasn't running out of ink every other day.
The R2880 met the first four criteria but not the fifth while the R3880 met the last four but not the first. Then along came the R3000. After reading some reviews, I decided that this was the printer to buy when the time came to get a new one. It came rather unexpectedly!
One warning! The box for this printer is huge. and heavy. Make sure you clear your trunk or the back of your car before going to purchase one. Don't even think of going to the photo store without a vehicle, even if its only a few blocks.
The installation is pretty straightforward and easy though it takes approximately 10 minutes for the printer to pump the ink into the ink lines once the cartridges are installed. The cartridges themselves contain 25ml of ink each, twice what my R220 held, and cost exactly twice as much also. One feature is that both the Photo Black and Mat Black are installed at the same time, obviating the need to switch them when switching papers. This is not so useful a feature as it seems. In the first place, I generally never use mat papers. Second, both cartridges use the same ink lines, and switching from one to the other, which is done with the push of a button, flushes about 3 ml of whichever ink was previously being used out of the ink line. This is stupid. How difficult would it have been to put separate lines for each ink?
That being said, the whole set up process and operation of the printer are very intuitive. ICC profiles for my favorite Hahnemuhle and Ilford papers were downloaded and installed and away I went to printing.
I found the printer to be quiet in operation, and probably because of its weight, vibrates a whole lot less than the R220 it replaced. Every print I've made has been perfect. The black and whites are beautiful and the prints made on fine art papers just rock. Printing is quite fast also. I haven't timed it or anything, but making large prints on this printer, even at the maximum quality, seems to take less time than with the 4800's I used to use in photography school.
I feel that overall, this was a good investment and a sensible alternative to buying a 3880 which was really beyond my budget for now.
July 1, 2011
I'm an artist and love the inks. They do not fade. I bought two of these printers used on two different islands. Both of them occasionally spit ink ruining prints or canvas gicle'es.
One got so bad at the one year mark I have to replace it.
August 16, 2014
I am not one to review products in general, however, my level of frustration with this printer is immense. This printer is extremely finicky, making loading and printing on heavier paper time consuming, often stopping in the middle of a job and requiring cancelation of the job, and slow print time. This coupled with the cost of ink and the cost of paper that has been wasted on this machine infuriating.
Save yourself the headache and expense.
August 11, 2014
quite an upgrade
I have won several awards with prints from my old r2400 and the color and clarity right out of the box is impressive.
I am expecting good things from this printer,
and judging from the results so far this printer will
August 8, 2014
So far no problems easy to install. Prints are great.
August 4, 2014
Excellent Photo Printer
I have been using this printer for over a year, primarily for 13x19 color prints that I exhibit and sell and also for black and white prints of all sizes. The quality of the black and white prints is very, very good as are the color prints.
It is easy to use--I make very few changes from the standard set ups. For color, I generally add 5% brightness. For black and white, I prefer the "cool" tone. But these are easy adjustments to make.
I have been pleasantly surprised by how infrequently I need to replace ink cartridges.
I doubt that you can do better for a printer of this size.
July 26, 2014
I read all the reviews and talked with some professional photographers and decided to buy this model. I have been very disappointed. No where did it mention that this printer is extremely slow to print. I am printing fine art prints that I can only load one piece of paper manually at a time and it takes 1/2 hour to print 1 13 x 19 inch print. I would never have bought this printer if I had know these 2 facts.
July 23, 2014
R3000 - very nice
I'm about a month in on ownership now and can write that the R3000 meets my needs perfectly. Epson service was their usual great in helping me to set up the wifi connection, and I was up and running within an hour. 30 days later, I can show beautiful color prints, working digital negatives for alt process printing and even perfect DVD labeling. The price was reasonable (I did get it with a rebate) and while the first batch of ink gets pretty much eaten priming the printer, I've only had to replace one of the black cartridges - and that's after printing about 30+ color 11x17 images.
I'm quite satisfied with no complaints. I can recommend it wholeheartedly.
July 14, 2014
Wonderful printer, ICC profiles online-but only for Epson paper, Colors true to monitor view, ink is expensive.
July 13, 2014
I'm still getting use to my printer and the only fault I have as of now is it uses ink at an incredible rate. And the cost is out of this world.The cartridges are twice the volumn of the 1900 and cost twice as much.
July 8, 2014