Marksphoto: I am happy with photolab prints quality. What more would anyone want...?
Here are the advantages of sending out your photos to the lab over buying an pro printer
1. no expensive ink to buy2. no additional space taken3. cheaper cost to print4. send your order online and pick up when going shopping5. no initial investment6. no repairs and maintenance costs7. no obsolescence8. save time and money
no thank you Canon, I had a pleasure of buying an Epson R2400 for about $1200, ended up selling it for $200. It was way too expensive to run over the cost of prints from my lab with inferior quality to my lab prints - not worth the effort. With 12 ink cartridge only the rich people with lots of time will be silly enough to buy this bulky piece of equipment.
I'm sure your photolab is running with a good system, as not every photolab is good. The point being made of owning a printer is to get the exact quality you are after. Detail, sharpness and color vary in a wetlab machine. I know, I've worked in one using Noritsu machines. No photolab can get results equivalent to what these can produce. The benefit of using these printers is being capable of using multiple media types. Any professional who prints extensively would know that different media types can generate a higher revenue as a "specialty print."I guess it's not for everyone. As the printer is not aimed for everyone. Thanks for your opinion though, made me share mine.