To AFX as Moderator: For the record I consider Mr. Tomasi’s response to my first post in this thread to be inappropriate. His second response is beyond acceptable. If he does not value the comments to his question then the proper response is to ignore them.
To AFX as contributor to this thread, thanks for the thought about relative pricing between the R3000 and the R3880, but I wonder how powerful an argument that is and whether it can lead us further.
Product prices vary markedly around the globe so we should just look at premiums for one over the other. In the UK it looks like the 3880 costs about 80% more than the 3000. In Canada the same premium is about 70%, and in the US it is 50%.
Although that may well have an impact on choice, the 3880 costs about UKPounds 1,000 which is the cost of a good lens but still considerably less than any of Nikon’s best, and I put it to you that the printer has far more impact on the appearance of an image than does a lens or body.
So you have endless wall space?
Or like stacking A2 sheets or bigger?
Well, I sell them! Last year I put close to 1 kilometre of paper/canvas through my printer. That does not mean much when compared to commercial shops, but it probably puts me ahead of 90% of the people who frequent this site, so I have a little knowledge of the subject.
About 1/3 of this is short runs of 100-200 prints for sports organizations showing winning teams. These are typically shot by sports pros and I get to see what many different cameras can really do. These prints are usually A2 or A3, with the latter being printed 4-up.
However I also sell my own work in a variety of ways with the most profitable being “wide” work of 1.2metres. I make more money from one wide piece than 4 A2s.
I did a comparison a few years ago which was posted on this site comparing an A2 print from a D300 with a D700, and a D3X. It was very hard to see any difference between them and any one of them could have been sold to a customer. The same is true when printing the sports pics. The 5D gives very similar print results to the 1DX given good lighting and static subjects.
So I will turn the question around --- given that this site is fascinated with hardware, what do you all do with your images ??
The Pros shoot for a specific market and their needs can be separated from that of the amateur. So what do the amateurs do with all the images that come from their objects of camera lust?? Do they keep them in digital form to be peered at on a monitor, or do they print on a low cost printer in small sizes, where you cannot appreciate the power of the image?
These days I use a D800 and the holy trinity for two reasons. Firstly the ability to print very large and secondly the ability to crop deeply. The combo has other benefits but these are the main ones.
What do other people do with their images ??
To Tersn regarding printer choice .. the important things in choosing a printer revolve around output size, roll or sheet input, and ink type. Water based inks have short lives when exposed to sunlight and no professional printer of fine art work would use anything but pigment inks. I use an HP z3100 but my next machine will be a Canon Prograf.