Well for one, I have shot for a living for about 25 years now, and used to shoot Kodachome and switch to Velvia when Koda 25 became difficult to get and get processed, and have not looked back since, Velvia is highly saturated tword the blues and the greens, which for people who don't do alot of magazine submission, can find distracting and un-natural, but for the majority of us that shoot for publication, after the transfer process and layup, prints really good in the magazine rhelm, Astia, is two neutral and other than duplication efforts, I find it to be to neutral for any serious printing effort.
Some of the new flatbed scanners are turning out to be very good and have had great success in rendering colors for print, of course your NOT going to get an inkjet to produce the results of a real print no matter what method you use to the scan, the current ink jet technology, still does not have the range to produce the subtle tonality that we see in photographic prints, or cibachrome prints.
The 7600 is a great printer for giclee prints and does a quite good job, if you print large enough to be able to stand back, but you have the tendancy to see blocking in the shawdows unless your scans are high enough resolution, the majority of consumer scanners, still lack in the shawdow detail area which will cause blocking, due to the scanners inablility to do the subtle transisions. My personal favorite for medium format scanning is the Nikon 8000, which will handle 35mm and medium format, and is one of the defacto scanners of the pro industry for photographers that do their own scans for publication.
I have owned 2 epson 2200 and hated both of them, they spent more time at epson, than they ever did working for me, and this has been reported by many other photographers I know, I would look at some of the recent Canon printers which are getting very good reviews around the net, if I remember right Canon has one called 4870 or something like that, that seems to do real good.
One thing you really need to define, 'getting the most out of Medium Format' you need to figure out what you want to do with this size, if your after ultimate prints and scans, then you need to step to the plate and get the best you can afford, or set up a high quality dark room that will alow you the most flexibility to get the most out of your film and what is your acceptable best.
Good luck in your quest, and as we all know, there is only one way to get a image into the computer, so if you have questions, feel free to ask, we all have to do the same thing to display on the net.
One other thing, to get the best quality, and the finest prints, Tripods are a must, and slower speed films, I very rarely shoot without a tripod, and do not use high speed films every, I am currently setting up a complete darkroom/lab so I can control every little bit of the process to produce the prints and slides, I am happy with, after working in two labs, just acceptable is not in the equation for me, and having your own set up is the only way to be anal and get the results you want, without leaving the final outcome to someone elses eyes.
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