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Old 12-15-2008, 05:22 PM
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I am looking for a high quality printer to print photos from our digital camera.

What would be a good choice and what do I look for and need to be aware of
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Old 12-15-2008, 05:56 PM
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Kodak 5500.
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Old 12-15-2008, 06:09 PM
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I looked at doing this myself last year, and by the time the supplies are all added up and whatnot, it is less expensive to just print them off at the local CVS/Walgreen/WalMart ect. You can even upload them to their website, and pick up in person at your convience, and pay at the time of pickup. Not by any means saying this is what you are looking for, but just something to keep in mind.
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Pack of one black and one white print cartridge for the 5500 - about $20.
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I am looking for a high quality printer to print photos from our digital camera.
Absolutely no question about it, Epson 4880. It's the printer I am targeting, will buy it within the next couple of weeks.

Now, within the realm of your reality, what are you looking to print; size? paper stock? transparencies? Is color management important to you?

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I am looking for a high quality printer to print photos from our digital camera.
Absolutely no question about it, Epson 4880. It's the printer I am targeting, will buy it within the next couple of weeks.

Now, within the realm of your reality, what are you looking to print; size? paper stock? transparencies? Is color management important to you?
You seriously believe it's better than a Kodak?
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I am looking for a high quality printer to print photos from our digital camera.
Absolutely no question about it, Epson 4880. It's the printer I am targeting, will buy it within the next couple of weeks.

Now, within the realm of your reality, what are you looking to print; size? paper stock? transparencies? Is color management important to you?
You seriously believe it's better than a Kodak?

Yeah, but maybe not by much.

For "quality" photo prints, that printer is at the apex. Maybe not in everyone's price range, but Epson was offering a $480 rebate.

I started to post a blog about photo printing a few weeks ago when someone asked the same question. They never came back, I lost interest. If you want to print snapshots, that's one thing. If you want to print photos that you hang on your wall, art, that's something totally different.

Think about this; your camera capture some it thinks is "red". You download the file to you computer, do you see the same color of "red"? (Hint: no.) When you hit the [print] button, you'll get a third interpretation of that 'red'. What "color management" does is adjusts your display and printer so that the entire path shows the same colors. It's meaningless for images posted to the web because even tho I put up a pic that is color correct, your monitor isn't. You don't see the pix in their proper colors.

Many digital cameras let you select the "color space" that it records images with, RGB, RGBs, etc. Those color spaces are used to manage the color of an image from capture to print so that the entire process "sees" the same color of red (and every other color).

Fwiw, Firefox 3 supports color management. But even that is meaningless if your video card isn't calibrated.

So, saying you want a photo printer is like saying you want a car. Too vague.
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Old 12-16-2008, 04:24 AM
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Let me add I want one that is a stand alone and does not have to be connected to the computer
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Give us a little more info on what you will be printing; e.g snap shots from a point n click camera, photos for family album, or high quality prints that could be sold.

When you say "stand alone" do you mean wifi enabled? I'm not up on wifi enabled printers but I wouldn't be surprised.

Many quality printers can be connected to your network via its Ethernet hub/router and can be shared by whatever computers are on that network. In that sense the printer is not dedicated to a specific computer but rather supports the printing needs of the network. That is how I have my laser printer configured, one printer, everyone uses it.

A true "stand alone" printer would require a built-in disk drive, flash card reader, USB port for a memory stick and/or your camera to interface with it. Are you considering the PictBridge (or similar) application? Since the printer is not associated with a computer you need some way of getting the files to it for printing.

So many questions trying to get an idea of what printer best suits your needs. Hey, you're dealing with boat people here. They consider Budweiser a "quality" champagne.

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Most printers today have slots for the different camera memory cards and a small screen for selection and printing. No need for a 'puter.

however I never use that method as I like to play with my shots before printing.

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Eyeball - whats the ballpark price for the Epson you're talking about? A new printer is in the pipeline for meat some point as the Canoni9900 I have is now +-4years old. I'm not up to what is state of the art for a top notch printer these days. Prints would be for framing and gifts sort of thing.

never mind - just checked. $1,788 - $480 rebate= too rich for my blood. Would be willing to go $750 any recommendations?
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MyMojo, The HP9180 is an AWESOME printer (13x19) if you buy the best extended warranty and get lucky You might get 4 years out of it. Do not expect much in the way of CS from Hp . Lbud
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Epson, no question. They have been in the lead with color printers the past 15 years. Second place would go to HP
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Old 12-16-2008, 04:50 PM
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The Admiral uses a Nikon DX 40 . However most of it is snap shots but would like as good a quality as she could print on a decent budget
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Walmart sells an HP 526 photo printer for $50.00, uses only one print cartridge which costs $20.00.

Brother in law just bought one, works great.

Office Max has 4X6 HP photo paper on sale for two packs of 100 sheets (total 200 sheets) for $22.95.



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Old 12-17-2008, 01:32 AM
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Thanks for the lead lbud,I'llcheck out the hp you listed.Have about 6 hp's at work for mostly letter type stuff and the occassional color print frankly have never been crazy about them-but they are the cheapies you can pick up for less than $100.

I really have been impressed with my 13X19 format Canon. After literally 1000's of prints from 4X6 snapshots to 13X19 artsy prints its been great but is showing its age. I'll likely look at the new Canons as well as the Epson. From what I've read Epson has the high end print market sewn up. If I can find one at the right price I'll likely go that way.
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:21 PM
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tprice - 12/17/2008 8:50 AM

The Admiral uses a Nikon DX 40 . However most of it is snap shots but would like as good a quality as she could print on a decent budget
That's a great little (compact dSLR) camera. It is capable of creating world class images. Your best images are going to come photo printers, NOT all-in-one printers or inkjet document printers that also claim to print photos.

That camera wants to be married, at a minimum, to an Epson 1400 Stylus Photo printer. It is a stand alone printer (via PictBridge) but it can also be connected to a computer. I don't think it has a flash reader. It will keep up with the quality of images that camera can produce. Prints to some weird size like 13x18...I just remember it can print 12x18. It's in the $300 range but you can get it below $200 with rebates.

From the info you provided, I'm guessing she wants mostly snapshots, 3.5x5 or 4x6 prints for albums and to share (give away). The mini-lab printers are really good for this. They are stand alone, have flash card reader built in AND support PictBridge with a USB port for direct connection to the camera. They also connect to a computer if she wants to go that route. Many of them have small LCD screens for cropping, will allow her to superimpose frames and graphics on the prints, and feature red-eye removal abilities. They are in the $100-$180 price range. I do 99% of my snapshot printing on an old (obsolete) Epson PictureMate that only prints on 4x6 stock. The image quality is a billion times better than anything you can get from drugstore printing labs. The new PictureMate printers are even better.

Suggestion; consider an Epson PictureMate for her. It only prints on 4x6 photo paper tho you can scale the photo to print smaller (3.5x5, wallets, mini-pics) on that paper. You can also print on postcard stock, who I just use the Kirkland photo paper for postcards. I think you guys will be surprised at the print quality. For occasional larger prints she take the file to a lab or Costco. At some point if she gets more into printing, get her that 1400 Stylus Photo printer, but she will keep that PictureMate. It's where most snapshot printing will be done.

Btw, Costco's Kirkland photo print paper is a little heavier than most and excellent quality! Cost less than branded papers. I buy the box of 300-sheets of 4x6 photo paper for my little Epson PictureMate toaster-looking thing.


The current model Epson PictureMate PM 260 (Note the pop up LED screen on top and flash card reader in the middle):




My old Epson PictureMate toaster-looking thing that prints phenomenal quality snap shots (ink getting harder to find! ):




The Epson Stylus 1400




If you have the time (and inclination) have your wife take a picture of something colorful, take the flash card out of the camera and go to electronics and camera stores. Tell them you want a sample print from your camera. Get samples from various printers. That's what I did after reading reviews on-line. They will give you the print, make notes on back, go home and compare the image quality. But if you were to buy a mini-lab unseen, definitely the Epson PictureMate.

Hope that helps.
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mymojo - 12/17/2008 8:30 AM

Would be willing to go $750 any recommendations?

Take a look at the Epson R2880. It sits at the top of the consumer line, only consumer printer that uses the UltraChrome K3 inks. Those are what are used in the Epson's professional line of printers. Same ink used in that 4880 printer...the printer you can't afford.

The R2880 is in your price range.

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[QUOTE]Eyeball - 12/17/2008 6:32 PM

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Would be willing to go $750 any recommendations?

Take a look at the Epson R2880. It sits at the top of the consumer line, only consumer printer that uses the UltraChrome K3 inks. Those are what are used in the Epson's professional line of printers. Same ink used in that 4880 printer...the printer you can't afford.

The R2880 is in your price range.

Hey eyeball - spare an architect the dig! It's December 2008 and nobody's building a G.D. thing!


Thanks for the info on the R2880 - I need a new toy to play with. Might get me back out taking some pix to put in the portfolio......
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mymojo - 12/18/2008 8:35 AM

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Would be willing to go $750 any recommendations?

Take a look at the Epson R2880. It sits at the top of the consumer line, only consumer printer that uses the UltraChrome K3 inks. Those are what are used in the Epson's professional line of printers. Same ink used in that 4880 printer...the printer you can't afford.

The R2880 is in your price range.
Hey eyeball - spare an architect the dig! It's December 2008 and nobody's building a G.D. thing!


Thanks for the info on the R2880 - I need a new toy to play with. Might get me back out taking some pix to put in the portfolio......
Well, you will be happy to know that Epson canceled early the rebates for all of the pro line of printers, except their top model. I didn't get mine before they cancelled!!!

Wondering it it had anything to do with the value of the dollar dropping like a rock against the yen.

I think you will like that colors form that printer. The UltraChrome K3 is exhibition quality ink.

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