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| p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Canon Pro9500 or Epson 3880 or ?Konica Magicolor 7450 II |
I have the Pro9500mkII and have no experience with the 3880. Judging from everything I've read, I think the 3880 will produce a noticeably higher quality print when printing black and white. For color prints, they are pretty close and a matter of preference.
As hugowolf detailed, the 3880 is a larger printer that prints bigger, has bigger ink tanks, and has really good build quality. If you need to print bigger than 13x19 and for high volume work, the 3880 is an easy choice. The 3880's larger tanks does give a lower cost per print, but if that cost savings will be negated a bit if you frequently swap the matte and photo black inks and you don't end up finishing the tank before the ink expires. From what I've read, Epson recommends using the ink within 6 months of installation, but I've read people using the ink past 1 year without problems that it's something to consider. So it's possible for the larger ink tanks to pay for itself pretty quickly if you print frequently, but if you don't print frequently, I wouldn't really make ink costs my biggest consideration.
I think if price was no object get the 3880. Don't get me wrong, I'm pretty happy with the Pro9500mkII's performance and it's certainly not some cheap consumer grade printer. It makes beautiful, professional-quality prints and you won't hear too many people complaining about the Pro9500's build quality. If I was buying again, I'll probably still go with the Pro9500 because I don't print enough, especially in black and white, to justify the cost of the 3880.
As for ink, there are certainly 3rd party options, but YMMV. Hope this helps.