Quality of blacks in printer produced images (digital).

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Frankie, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. Frankie

    Frankie Guest

    Is there any way I can produce the same "quality" of image
    from a printer that I can from darkroom work. The "old fashioned way".
    (At least that is how I have heard it described.)

    Frankie, Oct 30, 2008
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    Bruce Guest

    I have seen some outstanding results from Epson printers (such as the
    R2400) using a set of specialised inks (and printer drivers) from
    Lyson, an independent supplier. The printer would need to be
    dedicated to black and white work.


    I still prefer black and white printing the old fashioned way, with a
    Leica enlarger with black and white head, Schneider Kreuznach lens and
    Ilford Multigrade paper. But with a careful choice of paper and inks,
    I accept that it is now possible to obtain results that are virtually
    indistinguishable from those produced using traditional methods.
    Bruce, Oct 30, 2008
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  3. Frankie

    Derek Guest

    I'm betting you didn't catch "The Gadget Show" this week
    http://fwd.five.tv/videos/challenge-blow-up-part-3 not that any of us
    posting here are likely to to go to such extremes - then again if anybody
    knows of somebody else who looks that good in leather trousers and on such a
    huge scale. Seriously tho it doesnt actually explain what process was used
    to reproduce the film image the digital being a wide carriage jet printer
    similar to one I delivered to a company in Marple this week who are entering
    into this market. In the desktop stakes the results from the small HP and
    Epson are at least as good as anything I produced in wet D&P plus I don't
    get headaches from slaving over wet baths which was why I gave up D&P in the
    first place after developing a sensetivity ( no pun intended) to process
    Derek, Oct 30, 2008
  4. Frankie

    Frankie Guest

    Thank you folks for your contributions. Food for thought.

    Frankie, Oct 31, 2008
  5. Much as I enjoy TGS, its methodology can only be seen as "for
    amusement only". As you say, there must have been a processing
    stage between original photo and output print, which inevitably
    affects the outcome.

    I wonder how different the result would have been with an A0
    poster size film to photographic print compared to a digital one
    on the studio wall

    Chris J Dixon, Oct 31, 2008
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