Kodak announces printer breakthrough

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by ASAAR, Feb 7, 2007.

  1. ASAAR

    Al Dykes Guest



    As of a couple years ago, the fanciest printers were normal silver-wet
    process paper chemistry and processing but instead of being exposed by
    shining light through a negative, the image is raster-scannned with
    laser from a digital image. The computer can do color and contrast
    adjustment as needed on each spot on the page.

    (I expected to see someone that actually knows waht he's talking about
    step in and answer this.)
     
    Al Dykes, Feb 9, 2007
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    Mark² Guest

    I didn't pretend to know... I just knew that it wasn't a conventional laser
    printer process as he seemed to guess... My impression has been that they
    use a chemical process, too, but I've never used them even one time...so I
    don't know. I print all my own stuff at this point, and have yet to ever
    have someone else print a digital image for me. I've also seen them (at
    Costco) sitting at what appears to be a much smaller ink-jet of some type.
     
    Mark², Feb 9, 2007
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  3. Here's what they use:

    http://www.noritsu.co.jp/english/products/qss3101_1.html

    Here's a bit about the engine:

    State-of-the-Art Laser Engine The QSS-3101-1Digital is equipped
    with a laser engine that employs Noritsu Koki's
    multi-paper-matching technology to make high-quality prints of
    300dpi on both digital paper and conventional photographic paper,
    in various sizes up to 12 x 18 inches.
     
    Paul D. Sullivan, Feb 9, 2007
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  4. Found this on the Fuji line that Walmart uses:

    http://www.majid.info/mylos/weblog/2002/03/20-1.html

    These prints are made on real photographic paper (Fuji Crystal
    archive, rated at 25 years) by a Fuji Frontier laser photo
    printer which exposes the photo paper by passing red, green and
    blue lasers on it, and the print is then developed
    conventionally.
     
    Paul D. Sullivan, Feb 9, 2007
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  5. http://www.majid.info/mylos/weblog/2002/03/20-1.html

    These prints are made on real photographic paper (Fuji Crystal
    archive, rated at 25 years) by a Fuji Frontier laser photo
    printer which exposes the photo paper by passing red, green and
    blue lasers on it, and the print is then developed
    conventionally.
     
    Paul D. Sullivan, Feb 9, 2007
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    Mark² Guest

    Hmmm.
    Isn't this describing a film-processing machine? I thought you were talking
    about what they use when people upload their memory cards.

    If it prints at 300dpi using a laser printer... No thanks.
    This might explain why I was silently displeased with some prints my brother
    recently showed me. I could see individual dots from whatever device
    created the print. Perhaps it was this machine??

    Hmmm.
     
    Mark², Feb 9, 2007
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    Mark² Guest

    Ah. Then you're not talking about toner at all.
    You're talking about light-exposed, chemically developed photo paper.
    That's not the same as what people usually mean when they say "laser
    printer."
     
    Mark², Feb 9, 2007
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    Ron Baird Guest

    Greetings LJC,

    I agree the cost is very attractive and, in fact, a manifestation of the
    technology and hard work that Kodak has put into these printers over the
    last 5 years. Kodak paper that you can find anywhere with the term Photo in
    the name will offer the advantage of the printer being able to read the
    paper backing. It will be able to determine what paper is being used and set
    itself for that paper. Nice feature that will improve anyones results.

    The scanner is also pretty good and can scan at resolutions of 75, 150, 200,
    300, 600 or 12000. The prints are water resistant and will last longer than
    I will (about 100 years or more). The results of the printer are excellent
    and I will match them agains any of the other printers out there.

    Check them out at local stores and see for yourself. Best Buy for the time
    being and others as we move ahead.

    Talk to you soon,

    Ron Baird
    Eastman Kodak Company
     
    Ron Baird, Feb 12, 2007
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    Ron Baird Guest

    Greetings ASAAR,

    You are correct the information on the Kodak site as noted on the page is
    based on ink costs. Look to the bottom left of the page to see these
    references.and how this is done. Not much different than others. We do not
    include paper as we are not sure if someone will be using Kodak
    paper.....although they should :)

    Also, the paper that has been out in the marketplace for some time now,
    about a year or more, that has the work Photo in the name, will work
    perfectly in these new printers. In fact, the backing of the paper is read
    by the printers to set it for best results. Check one out at your local Best
    Buy etc.

    Talk to you soon,

    Ron Baird
    Eastman Kodak Company
     
    Ron Baird, Feb 12, 2007
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    Mark² Guest

    When will they actually be available?
    I see only "pre-order" on the Best Buy web site.
    Should they be in stock already?
     
    Mark², Feb 12, 2007
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    Ron Baird Guest

    Greetings Ron,

    If you check out the following page, you will see that you can get a kit for
    $17.99 which works out to be around .10 a print. The pack has the ink and
    paper. Pretty good deal for making some 4x6 prints.
    http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=10476/10599&pq-locale=en_US

    Might be even better deals as the printers come to the marketplace more
    readily.

    Talk to you soon.

    Ron Baird
    Eastman Kodak Company
     
    Ron Baird, Feb 12, 2007
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    Ron Baird Guest

    Greetings Paul,

    The print head is secured in the printer. It is, however, replaceable,
    though it is unlikely that you would need to replace it. It can be done and
    it is not all that expensive. I do not know the exact cost.

    Ron Baird
    Eastman Kodak Company
     
    Ron Baird, Feb 12, 2007
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    ray Guest

    Are there immediate plans to produce a not all-in-one? I tend to prefer a
    separate scanner and printer, partially due to Linux support issues;
    partially because I'd just rather have separate stand-alone units.
     
    ray, Feb 12, 2007
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    ASAAR Guest

    You don't stand a ghost of a chance of getting one real soon. I
    think that I saw Kodak say somewhere that they'd be available
    sometime in March. If it wasn't on their website it would have been
    in dpreview's Kodak News section.
     
    ASAAR, Feb 13, 2007
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    smb Guest

    Ron,

    Thank you for sharing this information about the new Kodak line.

    I have some questions, though:

    Will Kodak be offering the same technology and cost advantage in a
    printer that can do 11x14 prints? That's one very important thing
    that would influence my decision to go with your system.

    Another question, will the scanner portion of your all-in-one unit
    also do slides and film, with qood quality results? I would need
    capability to scan 6x7 as well as 35mm negatives.

    Hopefully these things are on the drawing board and will be appearing
    soon. If you will be supporting larger print sizes, I could very
    well be a Kodak customer in the near future.

    Thanks,

    Steve

    (I'm also sending this to your Kodak email address so you can send a
    private response.)
     
    smb, Feb 14, 2007
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