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Need Help with First Photo Printer Purchase
While still deciding on my first DSLR, I wanted to tally all of the anticipated costs, including a printer. With all that is involved in selecting the optimal image producing device for the money, it would seem that a good printer would be essential to the equation..

Which one should I buy and how much will it cost me? What are the features that I should look for? Do some DSLR users forego printing themselves and use professional printers instead? Please advise. Thank you..

Jay..

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IN North America, there are many retailers who have processing machines that make excellent p[rints for low prices..

Costco Canada for instance, charges 15 cents for a 4x6 print and $1.49 for an 8x10. You can barely pay for the ink at home for these prices..

If you decide to print at home, you'll need first to decide if you want to pay a premium for long life prints, or buy an cheap printer and lower-priced inks (there are no cheap inks)..

BAK..

Comment #1

DSLR quality photos can capture a wider and subtler tone color than is available for printing at costco photomat outlets. To get the most out of a DSLR, an inkjet printer. I would recommend an Epson 1800. Around $400. It is a wide format printer and inks are archival. I have the smaller format R800 but if I had it to do over again, I would go for the larger format printer from Epson.



Will..

Comment #2

Thank you. If I were to forego purchasing a printer and purchase a DSLR with post-produced photographs, I suppose I would save them onto a CD and send them to a specialized photo-printer, correct? My past experience with color ink-jet printers is that the ink hardens rendering it useless and is very expensive. Is that correct?..

Comment #3

But look for a Walgreens or something similar. You can send the files online and pick them up at your closest one. Much more economical than buying a printer and going through costly ink. Plus you are getting real photo prints - not inkjet prints..

Jaydubbs15 wrote:.

Thank you. If I were to forego purchasing a printer and purchase aDSLR with post-produced photographs, I suppose I would save them ontoa CD and send them to a specialized photo-printer, correct? My pastexperience with color ink-jet printers is that the ink hardensrendering it useless and is very expensive. Is that correct?.

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Comment #4

So are you saying that the consumer printers out there cannot duplicate dedicated printing shops?..

Comment #5

I'm saying it's more expensive doing it yourself. Photo paper is expensive, ink is expensive - 4x6s off a Fuji Frontier at Walgreens (or similar equipment) are cheap and the quality is excellent..

Jaydubbs15 wrote:.

So are you saying that the consumer printers out there cannotduplicate dedicated printing shops?.

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I spite of the above comment, I highly recommend you try Costco. You can upload and will then receive an estimated completion time, usually within 3 hrs. The quality and costs will be better than you will get from a modest priced 6 color printer. I still do some of my own printing, but your concern about inkjets is correct. You must print frequently of the printer will dry up - often fatally...

Comment #7

I'll second the recommendation for costco. But like any such lab, the quality is only as good as the person running the machine, his/her attention to detail, and adherence to the maintenance schedule..

Assuming all that is positive, machine prints these days are pretty darned good and at least with 4x6s, MUCH cheaper than doing it yourself..

But for one-off 8x10s, it's nice having a photo printer. I use the Canon MP600 with excellent results..

And, yes, you have to exercise these printers regularly or they will dry up. Some printers use carts with build-in print heads. If those try up, just toss the cart and put in a new one. But others, like my Canon, the ink is drawn through a tube. I print something small weekly just to keep it flowing well..

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Digirob wrote:.

I'll second the recommendation for costco. But like any such lab,the quality is only as good as the person running the machine,his/her attention to detail, and adherence to the maintenanceschedule..

Assuming all that is positive, machine prints these days are prettydarned good and at least with 4x6s, MUCH cheaper than doing ityourself..

But for one-off 8x10s, it's nice having a photo printer. I use theCanon MP600 with excellent results..

As long as the machine - usually a Fuji Frontier or Noritsu system - is calibrated for 8x10 paper, the quality is fine. Doesn't matter if you go to Costco, Walgreens, Kroger, etc. These systems automatically calibrate for 4x6 every morning, but for other paper sizes calibration is manually activated...

Comment #9

You've gotten some good advice. Let me be a bit more specific. I have had perhaps 10 ink-jet printers from all of the big 3: HP, Epson, and Canon. Each of them can do an excellent job. But each of them does it differently..

The HP has a replaceable head with ink included. Think about that!.

The Epson has a reputation for clogging easily. I can confirm that every Epson printer I had was clogged more than unclogged. To unclog, the printer runs expensive ink through the nozzles. Think about that!.

I currently have 2 Canon printers. They NEVER clog. One of them is an old S800 and when the head started printing poorly, Canon gave me a replacement free. It's still printing perfectly!.

I have tried cheap, off-brand inks and had problems. In spite of the cost, stick with OEM inks..

Go to Costco and buy their "Professional Glossy Inkjet Photo Paper"...it comes in a box of 125 8.5" x 11" sheets. It costs about $20, which is $0.16 per sheet. It also comes in 4" x 6" size also. It comes in at least two varieties. One we think is made by Kodak in the USA. The other is made by Illford in Switzerland.



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Comment #10

So Charlie, which printer would you recommend and why?..

Comment #11

I have used Walgreen's, Walmart, Target and local grocery stores and, while it is certainly the cheapest way to go, I find them unpredictable. I have not tried Costco..

I have been happy with an Epson R200 printer which I purchased for about $100. It has six ink cartridges which sell for about $12.95 each (black is a bit higher). I joined the Rewards program at Bestbuy, which allows me a $10 credit toward paper if I buy two ink cartridges. I buy Epson premium glossy photo paper which costs about $18.95 for a hundred sheets. or $8.95 with the $10 credit. I think paper quality is extremely important and use Epson lustre paper for 8x10 pictures.

It is true that you need to run the printer on a regular basis to keep the ink flowing, though I have had no clogging problems on this printer. It is expensive, but it is nice to hand people pictures immediately at a party or some such event. It works for me..

Owen Duncan..

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Chuxter wrote:.

You've gotten some good advice. Let me be a bit more specific. I havehad perhaps 10 ink-jet printers from all of the big 3: HP, Epson, andCanon. Each of them can do an excellent job. But each of them does itdifferently..

The HP has a replaceable head with ink included. Think about that!.

The Epson has a reputation for clogging easily. I can confirm thatevery Epson printer I had was clogged more than unclogged. To unclog,the printer runs expensive ink through the nozzles. Think about that!.

I currently have 2 Canon printers. They NEVER clog. One of them is anold S800 and when the head started printing poorly, Canon gave me areplacement free. It's still printing perfectly!.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300.

My experience is similar to Charlie's. I've owned HP, Epson, and Canon inkjet printers. Canon has been the least troublesome. I've gone a month without printing and didn't have a problem when I resumed printing. The Canon seems to use less ink at least I buy less ink..

As to the specific recommendation model you need to look at your needs. All the consumer printers will do a decent job of printing..

I also use printing services but I like the convenience of a home printer..

REd..

Comment #13

Jaydubbs15 wrote:.

So Charlie, which printer would you recommend and why?.

LOL! .

I like the ones that have individual ink cartridges...either 6 or 8. Buy one that costs about $400-$500. It will be a good printer. Canon has, I think, phased out the 6-color printers. Get an i9900 (if you can find one) or the Pro9000..

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

Comment #14

If you watch the Epson 'Clearance' site, great deals are available..

Http://www.epson.com/...tore/BuyEpson/ccHome.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&oid=0.

I picked up an R1800 for $350 (refurbished) with a $75 rebate. That nets the printer out at $275. It came with a full compliment of ink cartridges that's worth about $115-$120. That's a steal for a pro quality photo printer.rick..

Comment #15

I would be so bold as to say that home printers surpass the sRGB output quality of the Fuji Frontier process found at Wal*Mart, Sam's Club, etc..

Rick..

Comment #16

Wow, that's a lot for a printer. Thank you for the advice...

Comment #17

Jaydubbs15 wrote:.

Wow, that's a lot for a printer. Thank you for the advice..

Yes, but they do 13" x 19", borderless, fast, 8-color. Canon seems to have dropped all the mid-priced, 8.5" x 11" printers for some reason?.

Charlie DavisNikon 5700, Sony R1, Nikon D300HomePage: http://www.1derful.infoBridge Blog: http://www.here-ugo.com/BridgeBlog/..

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