Printing at home or in copy centers? Pls help!
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29-12-11, 04:45 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Depends a lot on how much printing you do..... if it's the occasional print, at different sizes, I'm now convinced that I can get better value (but perhaps not quality) at the local 'big-box' store. If you want high-quality prints I'm sure it's better to find a good Lab to make them for you. Getting consistently good prints on a home printer actually takes quite a bit of knowledge and practice.... and there's a wide range of printing standards to be aware of. You could get a cheap printer that is advertised as a photo-quality and, as long as you aren't too fussy about the quality, or don't need the picture to be around for the next 50 years, you'll be fine in spending less than about 200 quid. Once you get into the quality, archivable levels you need to spend much more money on the printer and much more on the ink (which would be a dye or pigment).
Those Epson cartridges in the video are definitely for a small home printer. If you like to exhibit your pictures, perhaps with a photo/camera club, or even your own display, you need a printer that will give quality - and long-lasting - prints by using some very expensive pigments - not the standard kind of cartridges you get in the local stationers. It can be an expensive business if you stick with the manufacturers' own ink. Using the CISS (Continuous Ink Supply System) is fine for people with lots of prints to make (perhaps selling them?) but more trouble than it's worth for the 'normal' home printer.
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