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
Excellent Photo printer
I replaced my Epson R2400 printer with the Epson R3000 printer. I considered the R2400 to be the perfect printer. I had 13 years of trouble free service with the R2400. So I had to replace it with an Epson photo printer. The R3000 exceeds the quality of the 2400 to a very noticeable degree. the colors are brighter and deeper. The printer is user friendly and has many extra features. I have only one complaint; the Epson 3000 is not shy about using ink. So you do not want to use this printer for every day documents. But i guess that is the price you pay for Perfection.
September 13, 2014
Printing with New Ink Cartridges
I just recevieved my new R3000 printer and I had a big order to fill. With the ink that shipped with the printer, I was able to print 43 (8x10) and 30 (11x17) photos before I ran out of my first ink cartridge. I thought this might be useful information for those who are trying to figure out how many photos you can print right out of the gate.
September 13, 2014
So far so good.
Initial set up was a breeze. A little bit of an issue getting roll settings to show up in an older Photoshop program but zinged right through when using with Lightroom.
September 6, 2014
Large printer. Paper choices are many and excellent quality, prints on photo class paper from this printer are astounding. Sharpness, color variance and range. bit of a learning curve to select the right printer output options but worth it.
September 5, 2014
I'm having trouble loading Poster Board paper and also switching to Matte ink, I had trouble with original setup when loading inks. The Black Matte ink kept telling to put a new cartridge even though I had just loaded the one provided. It may be a bad cartridge But with all that considered the final printing IS Great. The Epson store provides good delivery services on paper and ink refills.
September 4, 2014
two printers none work
Im not sure whether I will finally get one that works but I am going to call to return my second unit. I hope they get it right this time.
August 31, 2014
Took a chance on a REFURB - but DOA
Hey, I really want to like this printer. But how can I review anything except the fact it came DOA from Epson? After a fairly quick session with Tech Support, I got redirected to the RETURNS department. A new printer is supposed to be here in a couple of days. I will be receiving a return label via email for the bad unit. Let's see how this pans out. At least this round, their customer support was fine.
August 29, 2014
refurbished stylus photo r3000
Just got my epson. Was so looking forward to this. Read lots of reviews, talked with professor at school and a professional...all highly recommended and said great printer.
I'm so disappointed cannot even get through installing ink cartriges. On phone now with Epson to try and resolve this...so disappointed
August 26, 2014
Nice printer which replaces my Epson photo 1800. I ran a couple of photos both black and white, and color. Very nice job and to date I am very happy with it. The ink cost much more than the ink for the 1800 but it appears the ink container is larger, so maybe more ink which would be nice.
August 20, 2014