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Printer for photos? Or not?
Just out of curiosity...is there any affordable home printer that will get me processing quality even remotely as good as what I can get at my local super-fancy supermarket? (This is a supermarket with unusually good photo processing, BTW.) And how does your basic film processing place stack up for producing super nice art prints?.

My assumption is that the supermarket will kick the behind of any printer I could possibly afford. But I thought I'd ask...

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The little HP photo printers do a great job, and will match or beat your store processing, but using the best HP paper and carts brings the cost to about 25 cents per print. The 4x6 model can be found on sale here and there for $49. Refurbished or old model doesn't matter, they're all basically the same...

Comment #1

You should check out the printer forum. Lots more people that know about printers there...

Comment #2

Yeah, I checked it out...there are definitely some printer recommendations on there, but nobody was talking about whether or not you actually needed a printer!.

I suppose what I'm really weighing is owning a printer that will do nice 8x10's vs. sending them off somewhere...

Comment #3

Sorry if this is the wrong way to post this, but I cant find the place where I start my own post, and I cant figure out how to upload a picture, could some one please explain the process to me??Thanks!..

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Picturechic wrote:.

Sorry if this is the wrong way to post this, but I cant find theplace where I start my own post, and I cant figure out how to uploada picture, could some one please explain the process to me??Thanks!.

In any forum, it says "New thread" next to the "Actions:" text I believe. To post images, you'll have to upload them and just post the whole link to the JPEGs here - you don't need to use [img] tags either...

Comment #5

Picturechic wrote:.

Ummm, where do I upload them to?.

Photobucket, flickr, etc..

Come on in, plenty of room in the thread!!!!..

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If you like a bit of a gamble you could bid for a 1290 epson on Ebay this will give you all the print options you'll need for the immediate future .You can even run pigment inks on them (unofficially) .I print art from photographs using MIS pigment ink in a CIS system ..

WILT..

Comment #7

Do you have any printer now? What model?.

I was keying on your word "affordable". From that word, and keeping things simple, for 8x10s, any of the Canon Pixma printers will make excellent prints. The least expensive is $49.95, the Canon ip1800..

Yes, it really will, in general, match or better the quality of grocery store 8x10s, if you use the best photo paper and genuine Canon inks..

But it could wind up costing more per print than the store..

But it also lets you print at home and you can experiment with cropping and processing and etc..

I won't attempt to describe the world of $200-$500-$1500 printers in the other forum ..

Comment #8

I'd like to print 8x10's. And, if I end up wanting to do this often, would spend up to $500 on a printer. But I don't know how often I'd actually want to print stuff. We do have a couple of cheap printers, but we use them for paper/text, and I don't feel like switching papers and inks all the time..

Are there professional mailorder services that do better work than I could do at home? With pigment inks?..

Comment #9

For instance...a photographer friend of mine just recommended adoramapix. $2 for an 8x10 is pretty good, if the quality is up to snuff. Anyone use this service?..

Comment #10

Larger prints are more economical to do at home. The prices for small prints are almost give-away but as soon as you want something bigger you pay a lot more. For example: the Jessops 'snapfish' service charges 10p for a 6x4 inch print, but 1.20 for a 10x8 which is less than four times larger. This is fairly typical. So it's not really worth printing a lot of small pics at home, but it is worth having a printer if you plan to do a significant number of larger (like 10 x 8) pics..

An A4 sheet of good quality photo paper (UK) is about 50p; allowing for the ink cost that is still a lot cheaper than 1.20. Since a photo-quality printer costs as little as 50 (my Epson was 80) you need to make about a hundred 10 x 8 prints to make it worth having your own printer. more to the point, you get instant gratification (isn't that the point of digital?) and better control. I've been disappointed a few times with prints from on-line services who seem to turn up the colour saturation and contrast to very high levels to give something that superficially has high impact but looks garish..

Best wishesMike..

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