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
What can I say. Epson rocks. Right out of the box printed flawlessly. Set up was very easy right down to the wireless networking. First print was great but needed some adjustments. Second print and all others afterwards were perfect on the first try. Once you become familiar with the program software, you will sail through effortlessly. No joking. This printer is for any serious photographer out there who wants results the way he or she saw them before the shutter dropped.
December 1, 2013
Great printer. Worked right out of the box. The set up was simple. I'm very impressed with the quality of print and I believe I'm quite critical. Somewhat concerned about the cost per print, but that is dependant upon how long the ink last. As always you pay for quality.
November 29, 2013
Perfect for Large Scale photos
We bought this printer to use for my wife's burgeoning photography business. To say it fits the bill is an understatement! Fantastic quality, easy to setup (she uses Apple Maverick OS) and printing any size is a breeze. Would recommend this to anyone who asks us.
November 28, 2013
EPSON Stylus Photo R3000
Purchased 18 months ago. Setup and printing have met my expectations (excellent) until recently.
The excessive amount of ink used in the black
glossy to black matte switch is costly since I print
regularly on 13"x19" media. That was my only
concern until now.
Now, upon my second visit to the repair shop in as
many weeks, the first to unclog the 2 black print
heads was cured by soaking them for several days. It's second visit reveals that the main board is malfunctioning and is no longer manufactured or available according to the repair shop. The printer now shuts down in the middle of a print job wasting expensive paper and ink as well as leaving black blobs of ink at the beginning of the print. I find this parts issue totally unsatisfactory and should be resolved before anyone purchases this printer.
It appears that I too will inherit an expensive paper weight.
I am at a loss for now, knowing that Epson is probably one of the best inkjets for my purposes.
November 26, 2013
So easy to use, and superior output
I have recently purchased this printer, and I am still adjusting to the print requirements, but the quality of the print output is amazing! Easy to set up, and interacts with many of the print editing software products on the market. I highly recommend this printer to anyone who is looking for an inexpensive, high quality product for astounding print output.
November 20, 2013
Supberb printer but takes some getting used to
I upgraded from an Artisan 1430 to the stylus R3000. If glossy photo prints are your goal, then the Artisan does a wonderful job at a lower price. However if you want to do high quality matte printing and fine art printing, the R3000 is the printer for you. I marvel at the color quality and detail of the printing on matte paper. I particularly like the printing of blacks and grays. You need to plan your work carefully, however. Switching between matte paper and glossy paper comes at a very high cost in wasted ink for head cleaning.Organize your work to stay in one print mode as much as possible. I have shifted my glossy printing completely to another simpler color printer, and process only matte and fine art on the R3000. I was initially very concerned about the cost of the ink cartridges, but their higher capacity really does last very much longer, easing my concerns.
November 19, 2013
Unleash creative inspiration?
Not a lot of 'unleashing' going on here... Big project coming up, good material, brand new printer, what could go wrong?
I was very excited to transition from an old HP B8800 series to the R3000 for many reasons, however my elation was short lived.
The unit had a permanent 'printer error' on start up, would not recognize any cartridges and basically refused to work.
Contacted the Epson support center, great guys - very helpful and polite, and it became apparent that this unit has a major issue. A replacement unit is in transit right now and I look forward to a perfectly working printer so I can recoup the time lost.
Hopefully I will be able to write a more favorable review after the replacement arrives...
November 19, 2013
Ijust finished setting it up. It seems durable & got it to replace my Epson photo stylus r288) which I enjoyed very much. The setup was quick & the test page printed quickly & clearly. Tomorrow, I will start using it for photos.
November 14, 2013
I previously owned an Epson 2200 photo printer and enjoyed it but this printer is a world above in quality and is so easy to set up and use. It being wireless is also an exceptional benefit.
November 14, 2013