Well Bob, it doesn't really depend on a budget at all, you can print good quality brochures with a laser printer of course, but if you're serious about photography you're not going to print a photo on low/medium quality paper with a shelf life measured in a few decades. A good ink-jet will have a gamut that exceeds that of AdobeRGB which is already way wider than sRGB. A laser printer, no matter how good, doesn't touch that with a stick. My printer, the $900 (at time of purchase) Canon Pixma PRO9500, far from being a top of the line printer, prints images that on RAG photography paper have a shelf life that exceeds 200 years. A $3000 laser is no match for even the $400 Canon Pro9000 for printing photos, and when it comes to print text the Pro9000 is not match for a $400 laser printer. There is no laser printer for sale that matches a serious photography ink-jet, hence no professional photographers use lasers. Each one has its own market.
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