Online Photos Printing

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Taisun, Aug 16, 2003.

  1. Taisun

    Taisun Guest

    Hi,

    I'm looking to try out printing photos online. Can someone give me a
    suggestion as to which one to use?
    How are people's experience with printing photos (from digicams) online? It
    doesn't seem many people use these services..
     
    Taisun, Aug 16, 2003
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  2. Kodak does this - used them once, reasonable results.
     
    Andrew Hennell, Aug 17, 2003
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  3. Taisun

    DJ! Guest

    DJ!, Aug 17, 2003
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  4. Taisun

    Brian Rusten Guest

    Hi

    Big W has a new online service, suplied by Agfa.

    47cents a print, pick up from any store, 4 day turnaround.

    Regards

    Brian
     
    Brian Rusten, Aug 17, 2003
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  5. Taisun

    snaps! Guest

    What I don't understand after seeing the Fuji kiosk is what the photos
    actually are. I can't see how you'd get a proper photographic paper
    processor complete with paper and chemicals in to such a small box. I think
    I'll give one a go and check it out. Probably Dy sublimation process which
    before inkjets got good was the alternative to photo printing. The one I'm
    going to hit is at Harvey Norman MtGravatt. If I've got time I'll hit the
    BigW one too. I'll post the results on Monday!

    Doug
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    snaps!, Aug 17, 2003
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  6. Taisun

    Valar Guest

    Cheers Doug!

    What will you be printing by the way? scanned images or digital? if scanned,
    what did you scan (35mm or MF or LF, neg v. slide)? and how did you scan it
    (dedicated or flatbed etc)
     
    Valar, Aug 17, 2003
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  7. Taisun

    snaps! Guest

    I'll take some reduced 10D files, some modified 10D files and some scans of
    35mm film I did with both the Canon 9900f and Epson 3200. I've got some MF
    stuff but the neg size is nearly the same as 6x4 so it wouldn't tell much. I
    used some of the *free* templates from DriveArt recently to create fancy
    portraits from happy-snaps. I'll get some of them done too. If this kiosk
    thing actually works like it's claimed to, we could (in theory) shoot a load
    of pics on Sunday and get prints at 9:00 AM on Monday... But I wouldn't
    count it just yet!

    Doug
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    snaps!, Aug 17, 2003
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  8. Taisun

    Brian Rusten Guest

    Valar

    (snip)
    I've had some 2MP digital photos printed at 10x15 cm, by both Kodak
    and Agfa (BigW) processes.

    Quality seems reasonable, just like a good quality compact 35mm camera
    would produce. You'd lose something on larger prints, though.

    Colour seems a little better on Kodak, but not much. Agfa from BigW is
    way cheaper though.

    Regards

    Brian Rusten
     
    Brian Rusten, Aug 17, 2003
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  9. Taisun

    Valar Guest

    Thanks Doug,
    My eventual goal is to use these affordable digital printing services to
    proof my 4x5 negatives, scanned with epson 2450. Im really interested in how
    well these dye sub (or?) prints stack up against epson photo printers.
     
    Valar, Aug 17, 2003
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  10. Sure. Uploading the photos is no more work than burning a CD, and you
    save a trip to the store.
     
    Peter Marquis-Kyle, Aug 18, 2003
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  11. Taisun

    Kong Guest

    I personally burn them to a CD and take it to a store. Uploading 100MB (I
    send all my files as TIFFs if possible) on a 56K connection isn't fun.

    Plus my local lab prints 5x7s for 70cents and I haven't found anywhere on
    the net (in Aus anyway) with such a good price.
     
    Kong, Aug 18, 2003
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  12. Taisun

    snaps! Guest

    What a disappointing day - well 3 hours of it!
    I copied some pics to a CD and went to BigW at Mt Gravatt to have them
    printed on their "Agfa E-Box" self service digital photo 'device'. After
    waiting 45 minutes for a couple of people to pick 10 of their best shots
    from 6 CDs full!!!! I finally got to the machine... Only to discover it is
    just a personal computer networked into the lab printer with some Agfa
    software on it. You choose the pics to print and regardless of the size of
    the file or the size of the print... It stores the; "to be printed"
    information and punches out a receipt... Come back in a few days for the
    pics!!! I guess self-service and instant are mutually different.

    Oh well. Off to Hardly Normals just down the road. They have a Fuji machine
    which is also a personal computer but the difference is, the printer it's
    hooked up to is a proper paper processing lab in miniature. They had some
    problem getting a calendar printed for another customer but otherwise
    ....next in line.

    OK so I haven't posted the pics yet but they are quite a bit darker than my
    monitor displays and they are rich in magenta but overall, look as good as
    the prints I get from a Frontier. The only problem is the price. 83 cents
    each. They are sharper than from my Canon S9000 and maybe sharper than the
    Epson but I haven't done much with that one yet.

    It costs me roughly 69.3 cents to print on inkjets. I can get that down to
    about 57 cents by using imported ink in the Canon and Epson's 20 to the
    pack, $9.95 paper. Personally, I probably wouldn't bother doing this again.
    The quality is just OK. Regardless of what size you set the file to, it'll
    be re-sized to fit the paper.

    FWIW Mini labs will probably be dragged kicking into the digital era and
    like it or not, quite a few miserable attempts will be made along the way.
    At this point the Agfa "E-box" has one major failing: Only one person at a
    time can use it and if they are all like the two women I stood behind, it
    just won't be practical. Maybe I'll try the upload thing... 47 cents per
    print is still teasing me.

    Doug
     
    snaps!, Aug 18, 2003
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  13. Taisun

    Scotty Guest

    and where is your local lab Kong?

     
    Scotty, Aug 18, 2003
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  14. Is that local lab UDZ9 or your local frontier lab?? I get 6X4's at
    50c each from the Village Pharmacy at Burnside from their Frontier,
    but can't get 5X7 for less than $2...

    Cheers,
    Stuart
     
    Stuart Elflett, Aug 19, 2003
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  15. I you are really fussy try Fotofast in the Myer Centre. Open 7 days
    and have two EBoxes - no waiting and attached to an Agfa Dlab3 for
    onsite 30minute printing. The output from the Dlab is the best from
    any digital lab, superior highlight and shadow detail compared with
    the others including the Frontier.

    There is a half price special at the moment on 13x18 to 20x30 prints
    from file on matte or gloss. Fotofast has a large pro photographer
    customer base as well as catering for the enthusiast.

    Sounds like I am bias, I should be, I run the lab!!

    Phil
     
    fotofast brisbane, Aug 19, 2003
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  16. Prices are...? What papers do you have/use (matt? semi-gloss? etc)?
     
    Robert McArthur, Aug 19, 2003
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  17. Taisun

    snaps! Guest

    Good one Phil...
    I'll see you there with CD in hand on Thursday!
    Doug
     
    snaps!, Aug 19, 2003
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  18. Taisun

    Cage Guest

    Try www.bonusprint.com/us

    I have yet to find cheaper prices and their service is very easy to
    use and delivery is quite quick considering it is processed in the UK.

    The URL I have given is for the US site even though it is processed in
    the UK, mainly because I think we get better currency exchange from US
    to AU dollar conversion.

    Delivery is flate rate $1.99US no mater how many prints that you
    order. Delivery is quoted to be up to 14 days. I received my test
    print that I odered in 8 days.

    So it is quite economical if you order a half-dozen or more prints.
    Especially for sizes larger then 4x6 as the prices that they charge
    for the larger prints are FAR better then anything I have seen in AU.

    They use top of the line AGFA machines.

    Only downside I can see is they don't offer matter paper finish which
    would have been nice. But the 8x10 inch glossy I got back from them
    was very good.

    Go check out their prices on the link provided above.

    Cage
     
    Cage, Aug 19, 2003
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