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which is the bst printer to have for printing photos
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    On 12 Oct 2004 05:59:59 -0700, nick_sutton4@hotmail.com (nick) wrote:

    >>>which is the bst printer to have for printing photos

    The one at the Kodak labs?? :) Seriously, what a highly subjective
    question!

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    The Seabat
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    Some of the same questions come up as for the person asking for the best
    home document printer, although your question is more specific.


    First a few questions:

    How many you need of each copy (1 of each, dozens, hundreds?)

    How long you need them to last (a few months, a few years, permanently)
    and how they might be used or displayed.

    If cost is a main factor (cost of equipment and cost of consumables)

    If speed is a main factor

    Art


    Then a few answers. The most commonly used color printing methods for
    photographic results are:

    Inkjet printers
    Dye Sublimation printers

    Lower quality but usually faster and less costly per unit image:

    Color laser
    Solid ink


    In general most home photo printers use inkjet technologies. This
    includes offerings mainly from Canon, HP, Epson, Lexmark and some other
    companies selling these manufacturer's products under different names,
    like Dell, Kodak, etc.

    Canon, HP and Epson all offer a variety of printers which range from
    about $100 up to about $1000 in carriage widths from 4" up to about 13".
    More costly professional machines go even larger. Those three brands
    all have advantages and disadvantages, in terms of ink permanence, water
    resistant prints, speed, cost of consumables, etc. Personally, I have
    found the least happiness with Lexmark, mainly in terms of the build of
    the machines, and the ease of interfacing and using their drivers. They
    also tend toward the cheapest to purchase, but some of the more costly
    to purchase ink for.

    There area lot of choices of inkjet printers. Consider cost of unit,
    cost of consumables, speed of printer, permanence of print output,
    warranty, etc. The quality of the results tend to be fairly even these
    days between Canon, HP and Epson, with slight variations in one area or
    another.

    Art


    nick wrote:

    > which is the bst printer to have for printing photos
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