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I've been reading through this thread off and on over the last week or so. I keep wanting to vote, but I can't for the life of me figure out what "RC" refers to, so I can't decide if that's how I print or not. I know that I don't (yet buy expensive papers, which elminates a few answers. If someone can explain that to me, I'll vote.
That said, here's what I do do. I just bought a Canon Pixma Pro9000 MkII. They were really cheap between a rebate and an instant savings. And B&H even through in a box of 50 - 13x19 sheets of paper. And free shipping ... Turns out the printer was about to be replaced, but that's OK. It doesn't print worse than it did because there is a better printer out there.
So, I print on Canon's 13x19 semi-gloss for now because it was "free" with the printer. I will probably go over to some Red River paper for my 13x19's when this stack runs out. I am using their arctic gloss or some such for 8x10's and I really like that. I bought a sampler set, but been to busy to do a valid series of test prints, so I haven't done that yet.
I did want to join in on the print vs non-print discussion. My actual discriminator is that the image needs to be "bigger" in many cases to have an impact. Growing up, 4x6s were the rule, with 5x7's being the "big" prints. 8x10's were to expensive and we only had a few in the house. Personally, I find 8x10 too small. I have 23-25" monitors and I print 13x19 (see above and 16x20 and 20x30 at times from print houses. Basically, there is something more impactful to me when a good image is in those 19" and bigger sizes. It doesn't matter whether it is on a screen or is a print. Well, that's not entirely true. There are some images that just don't print well and the screen image is better. In other cases, a print is as good or better.
One reason for a print is to give as a gift to someone who only has smaller monitors. Or perhaps a lower res monitor. A print is a few bucks, whereas buying them a new monitor might cost me hundreds.
In any case, I definitely don't think that prints "rule". Prints have their place. Images on a screen convey the image better. And sometimes it is a tie.
Frankly, at some point in the process, I use the screen image as my reference. I have edited and reviewed the image on the screen until it is as I like it. The print image really can't be any "better". A perfect print mean that it is exactly like what is on the screen. The other reason a print might be better is that I can't afford a 30" monitor, but I can afford to do the occasional 20x30 print. And as I said, there are times when I think the size of the image adds to its emotional impact. I think that sentiment was echoed by someone else above as well.
Well, I am rambling on now and it is late ...