« on: December 09, 2014, 08:23:56 PM »
I would use Shutterfly or one of the other "book" printers. For personal use the Canon Pixma Pro 100 is an excellent price performer (look on Craigslist for one of the bundled printers someone is selling minus the bar code rebate but basically unopened). Epson has a similar offering to each of the Pixma Pro printers at similar prices, but I haven't seen any particularly good bundles for Epson. For 17"minimum width, Canon, Epson and Hewlett Packard each have a variety of photo printers - typically able to handle 17, 24,36,42,60, or 66 inch papers. You're talking a whole new level of complexity here with complicated software (and not inexpensive) RIPs, calibration options and expensive inks and media. I think it's about $1100 to re-populate the inks in my HP. Flipside is, of
course, the ink cartridges are the size of milk cartons and tend to produce a bunch of square footage. Be careful
of used large format printer "bargains" as both the ink and printhead replacement can be expensive - not to mention the drive belts and other maintenance parts.