Gear Gear Gear......

I hate to ask, but I feel I must. I'm looking into the whole inkjet side of printing. My last foray into these murky waters was in 2001. On the advice from Michael Reichmann that the Epson 2000p was a worthy printer to do photographs on, I spent a lot of time and money on a wasted device which suffered from Metamirism problems (blacks looked purple at night and the same blacks looked green in day light).

No doubt this posting will spark a bit of a discussion, but I decided after I had my fingers burned in 2001 to stay away from inkjets.

But things change and processes improve. So here I am in 2011 reconsidering it all and wondering, should I? or shouldn't I?

I get my prints made on Fuju Crystal Archive true photographic paper at the moment. They look very nice and I'm happy with them, but when you get more than one person telling you that inkjets look better than true photographic prints, you can't help but wonder 'maybe they're right'?

So a few weeks back and started to read up on stuff and just came away more confused than I was to start with. So many polarised views especially when it came to calibrating an Epson printer. Yes, the colourmunki is good, but the profiles aren't that accurate (doesn't sound so good to me, I thought), the Eye One spectrophotometer is a professional device but the printer profiling you get with it as standard will only create good as opposed to great profiles (huh?) and then of course I read up about Colourbyte's dedicated print driver (very expensive, but they had a very compelling reason for why it was so)..... and quickly I decided to just simply give up and go and see my local Glicee specialist.

So I'd love to hear your views on it. How have you found the inkjet process? What do you use to calibrate your system? What papers do you like?