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Apr 24, 2012 15:59 |  #16

tonylong wrote in post #14305145 (external link)
Hugh, to be clear, what inks and papers are you using? I'm asking, because talk of the "inexpensive" prints seem to imply using non-OEM ink/paper combos, which may not be so "safe" for photo printing...

I use Epson Luster paper, and the Epson inks for the 1400, which are new generation dye inks (the more expensive Epsons use pigment inks, but 1400 uses dye). The trade-off for using dye is 98 years without fading versus 200 years. I'm already over 60, so 98 years will do nicely.

Regarding cost, I once calculated the number of prints per set of six ink cartridges. It turned out to be 87 8.5"x11" prints. At the current price of ink at Henry's in Toronto, that is $1.52 per print. Luster paper in this size is $0.80 per sheet, so average cost per 8.5"x11" print is $2.32. I suspect it can be done cheaper with other papers and inks, but this is a hobby for me, and I get very high and reproducible quality this way.


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Apr 25, 2012 10:41 |  #17

Wilt wrote in post #14310497 (external link)
OTOH, Epsons, which use pigment, are much more prone to clogging heads when not used frequently.

I have an R2880, and do not use it regularly.
I've yet to have a second time it clogged…
First clog (after about a year) was solved with 1 cleaning pass.

I print maybe once a month. YMMV


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Apr 25, 2012 11:49 as a reply to  @ René Damkot's post |  #18

I agree completely with Kumsa. Printing your own is not a way to save $$. You probably won't, and you certainly won't save enough to make it worth the effort. I print my own because I like to. I like to print when I want, I don't want to wait to see whether the results are satisfactory, and I like to use whatever paper strikes my fancy. If that is not appealing to you, then use a lab. I have used Bay Photo a few times, and their prints were very good. I would have no hesitation about using them again if I had some things I did not want to print on my own.

I also agree about the Canon Pro 9000II. I bought one recently -- $250 after a rebate--and have been delighted by the quality of the prints it produced. I deliberately chose dye--I often leave my printers idle for long periods, and despite that, I have never had a single clog in 4 or 5 years of using Canon dye-based printers.


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Apr 25, 2012 19:30 |  #19

paddler4 wrote in post #14326710 (external link)
I agree completely with Kumsa. Printing your own is not a way to save $$. You probably won't, and you certainly won't save enough to make it worth the effort. I print my own because I like to. I like to print when I want, I don't want to wait to see whether the results are satisfactory, and I like to use whatever paper strikes my fancy.
I also agree about the Canon Pro 9000II.

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Apr 27, 2012 10:40 |  #20

I agree with paddler4: I do all my own printing because I enjoy the process and the rapid feedback. This has enabled me to refine my CS5 PP techniques so that I almost always get exactly the print I want the first time. Printing is part of the joy of digital photography for me (as wet darkroom work was in my film days), but if you don't enjoy printing, by all means send your files to a lab you find acceptable.


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