Best way to print digital photos?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Ron, Jul 27, 2004.

  1. Ron

    Ron Guest

    If looking for highest quality photographs from digital images, what
    is the best way to produce prints for hanging etc. Any of the current
    inkjet printers, or a professional printing service?
     
    Ron, Jul 27, 2004
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    Rob Novak Guest

    With premium paper and OEM dye-based inks, Canon printers are
    estimated to produce prints with a display life (framed, matted, under
    glass) of 25-27 years. In comparing overall performance and image
    quality among the popular manufacturers, I think Canon has a slight
    edge. The prints from the i960 and i9900 units are simply superb.

    The Epson DuraBrite inks and other pigment-based systems are rated for
    3-4 times that, but have a somewhat narrower color gamut (range of
    reproduceable colors). However, Epson inkjets that use pigment inks
    are widely adopted in the professional arena and have mucho
    aftermarket support.

    Compare these to standard Kodak color prints (25 years) and Fuji
    Crystal Archive (approx 60 years).

    When you take your digital files to a photo store, they're either
    going to give you dye-sublimation or inkjet prints. Some facilities
    have the capability to laser-print digital files to standard process
    silver-halide photo paper. Ask your lab which they use.
     
    Rob Novak, Jul 27, 2004
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  3. I use a professional printing service. In my opinion is this the best
    way to get best quality (kontrast, saturation, tenable etc.) for best
    price. I pay 0,60 EUR for a 13x18cm picture, 1,95 EUR for 20x30 and 5,10
    EUR for 30x45cm (biggest on my favourite laboratory here in germany). I
    setting options (size, white border etc.) and send this online and they
    send me the prints to home.

    Some other printig services for lower price use the chemicals longer or
    in wicked quality. I think this is important for tenable, equal and
    forecasting results.

    HTH, bye uwe

    PS: sorry for my bad english. To write here is my way to traning my
    little bit of english ;o)))

    To my person: This is my firt posting here. I work as blacksmith and i
    photograph sience 4 years digital and analog. I'm 27 Years old and i
    come from dresden/germany.

    here can you see a few of my panoramas:
    http://www.cover-collection.de/hammernocker/panoramas/inhalt.php
     
    Uwe 'hammernocker' Roßberg, Jul 27, 2004
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    YoYo Guest

    I got a Canon i9900 and it like Rob Novak said the prints are simply superb!
     
    YoYo, Jul 27, 2004
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  5. If you want long lasting archival printouts at home the Epson printers don't
    suffer from the fading of the Canon printers.

    Personally unless you need quick prints, the online print shops can't be
    beat!

    I got an Epson R800 because I wanted to print on DVD covers and it is the
    best quality printer out for under $400.

    Also I use www.whcc.com and they can print up to 30" wide by any length
    using photographic processes.
    They use Frontier printers for wallet to 8x10, Lamda and other printers for
    11x14 up to 30" by whatever.

    If you want to pay for large prints from large Professional Epson printers
    Jumbogiant is good.

    http://www.jumbogiant.com/services/pricelist.html

    If you like LightJet 5000 prints

    http://www.calypsoinc.com
     
    Mark Kovalcson, Jul 27, 2004
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    C J Campbell Guest

    The Epson R800 is incredible. The ink is waterproof and won't fade and the
    gloss cartridge completely eliminates inkjet bronzing. It produces the
    highest quality photos I have seen yet. Unfortunately, it will not do
    anything over 8.5" x 11." This printer is hard to find, though, and so are
    the ink cartridges, although you can order the cartridges from Staples
    online.
     
    C J Campbell, Jul 28, 2004
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  7. I got mine locally at COMP USA and they had 6 sitting in boxes and all the
    cartridges in stock.

    For larger prints the 2200 is very good, but I would expect it will be
    replaced shortly with something using the newer gloss cartridge that the
    R800 uses.

    Here are a couple reviews on these printers.

    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/printers/epson-r800.shtml

    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/printers/Epson2200.shtml
     
    Mark Kovalcson, Jul 28, 2004
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    Chris Guest

    Any good printer should be fine, but if you really want excellent prints
    I've heard a dye-sublimation printer is the way to go for photo prints.
     
    Chris, Jul 28, 2004
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    Rob Novak Guest

    Sure, if you like a more expensive printer, more expensive
    consumables, and a display lifetime less than half of the average
    dye-based inkjet.

    Dye-sub's sole advantage at this point and time (though it is slowly
    evaporating) is that it does true continuous tone. With droplet sizes
    at the 2 picoliter mark, and improved inks, papers, and color
    profiles, there's an ever shrinking margin with regards to color
    reproduction.
     
    Rob Novak, Jul 28, 2004
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    I love http://www.ezprints.com. They make awesome prints; most importantly,
    very accurate colors.

    Mike
     
    Mike Kohary, Jul 29, 2004
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    Anoni Moose Guest

    Dye-subs can be very good, I used to have one. :) I just replaced my
    dyesub with a Canon i9900 a couple months ago. Prints very well,
    prints very fast, and will print 13" x 19" (under 3 minutes).

    Mike
     
    Anoni Moose, Jul 30, 2004
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  12. I use a company called White House Custom Color (www.whcc.com)
    .. They make your digital photos in real photographic prints. WHCC has
    great prices and free shipping.

    Inkjet printing is too expensive for me
     
    Geoff Hankerson, Aug 4, 2004
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