I've been searching the site and reading threads for a while. I believe we're past due for a rundown.
I'm almost out of Fixxons, I print with an Epson 7900. Great films. Never had a problem.
I do however see banding (on the light table) every time, and some spots that aren't as opaque. I've only gone up to 50lpi halftones so far, no problem. Photo black ink migrated significantly. Matte black is crisp and looks like the bomb off of lights.
I've got 13 different profiles I've tried and a few seem to give the best results. My go-to is presently Enhanced Matte paper, black ink only (one of a few media types you can choose that enable the option).
I have not perceived a difference fuxing with drying time, color density, or suction. If I print bitmaps through Illustratior as registration (CMYK = 100/100/100/100) it gets damn dense, but it's no good for halftones because there's bigtime dotgain.
I'd like to get the best I can (without converting to BlackMax or buying a RIP), even if I decide it's only worthwhile for some crazy LPI or dither. I swear there was a film that Luther mentioned as being topshelf but I can't seem to scare it up.
What are you using, film and printer? How's it working? Where do you buy it? What are your settings?