It's been a while since I had a color photo printer. I had an A2 Epson, but it was so durn big. I gave it to charity.
But I've had some ideas recently, so I bought an A3 printer (A3 is roughly 12x16 inches).
This time I bought Canon (a "Pro9000 Mark II"), because the last three photo printers I've had were Epsons, and I've had problems with all of them. Siiiiiiigh.... Not the least with clogged or leaking nozzles, on all of them. Siiiiiiigh...
Well, so far so good! I set it up in like 30 minutes without a hitch, and tested it with a file which I had just gotten in my email, this gorgeous drawing by my friend Umbra, which he did for my new site GoddessNudes.com (he's doing one for each of the four seasons). I must say this guy is getting better and better, I love it.
And the printer worked perfectly, at the very first try! You can see from my shocked expression that this is not something I was used to from the Epson printers (although they made great prints when they worked). (I might just have been unlucky with Epson printers, they are supposed to be good.)
The print is bigger than it looks in this picture (it's photographed with wide-angle). And it's pin-sharp and the colors are perfect. (And this is even the cheap paper. I also bought some fancy thick glossy photo paper.)
I also got to see one of the great features of OS X Snow Leopard in action: the OS saves several gigabytes of disk space by not having printer drivers for all the printers on Earth installed. Instead, as soon as I plugged in the printer, it asked me if I wanted to download the driver. I clicked yes, and three minutes later everything worked perfectly. (Contrast with the earlier OS and the Epson where you had to wander the maze of their web site trying to find the newest driver.)
I think, by the way, that inkjet prints for fine art is sadly under-used and under-respected. It's fully durable these days, and you can do so many things as an artist on a computer that you can't do directly on paper. (Admittedly it is not easy to learn the drawing applications, and you need a drawing tablet, preferably a drawing screen, not so durn affordable yet.)
(Oh, and I see now that Blogger has finally changed the coding so big pictures will zoom to fit your browser window. Hurrah!)