I do. I use an Epson 3800 which was not cheap, but worth every penny IMO. It has been superseded by the 3880, which I hear is very nice as well.
With proper color management and a calibrated monitor, you can make beautiful prints.
Before I bought the Epson, I had a Canon IP5000, which was very inexpensive and fairly nice. I believe it has been discontinued for a while. The Canon used dye instead of pigment inks, and while prints in albums have kept up fine, prints that were exposed to ambient air would fade fairly quickly.
I looked into that particular epson, and unless I was wanting to do lots and lots of prints, I couldn't justify the pricetag.
I've been thinking about buying a Canon Pro9000 Pixma MARK II so I can print at least contact prints or photos for gifts. It's inexpensive, and seems to put out very high quality images. I'll have to figure out what the trade-off is against having a professional lab make the prints for me.
I hear you - but it's worth considering how much you will print. For example, the Epson 2880 is also a fine printer, and much less expensive then the 3880. However, once you pay for a printer it will last years, and your expense is in the ink. The 2880 has tiny cartridges which cost a great deal per ml. The 3880 has large cartridges, with a much lower per ml cost. It comes loaded with these larger cartridges. If you subtract the cost of those larger cartridges from the cost of the printer, you will see that this larger printer is actually really good value.
I have sent things out to print, and been happy enough with the results. But for me a finished print is a really important part of photography. I find screens OK for looking at images, and for enjoying social photographs. But I fine that really absorbing a photograph, and enjoying it, is very hard to do on a screen, and ultimately only truly satisfying in a print.
So I print a lot, and a good printer is worth it to me.
Waterproof prints? Not with a normal inkjet. Water and prints do not mix well.
100% agree. What was true in chemical (*) photo years remains true in digital age.GaryAyala said:Printing makes one feels like the photographic experience is complete.
Interesting how do you display your pictures ?
I find framing a picture behind glass decreases its appearance significantly, maybe because its on glossy paper (Mpix prints).
Another thing I want to do is BW silver print from digital. I wish Mpix has better paper other than the BW RC paper.