What do you mean by maintain? Chemicals and paper? If so the short answer is it depends.
Originally Posted by bstguitarist
The longer answer is
1) How much will you use it?
2) How expensive are your tastes? RC paper costs less then fibre. 8x10s cost less then 16x20s.
3) How good are you at finding deals? At least one of the local places puts RC paper on sale every Sept when the kids go back to school. If you know this you save 20+%.
For equipment it depends again. Are you willing to get the sort of equipment that requires more effort on your part? Or do you want all the bells and whistles?