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Jun 06, 2012 09:15 |  #1

For my birthday my wife gave me a canon photo printer (I'm at work now and can't recall the model number) and I am looking to get some paper to print some 4x6 photos at home. After a quick search around the internet I can't seem to make head or tails of great paper and great prices. It seems to buy any good quality photo paper you have to pay just as much (or more) than if you just had them professionally printed.

I was hoping for some recomendations for some 4x6 paper paper that would not end up being more than to have a lab print them for me. Any thoughts?


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Jun 06, 2012 09:44 |  #2

I am interested in seeing the responses you get. I use an Epson printer, and find that Epson Premium Glossy is very good. I stock up on it when the boxes of 4x6 are periodically on sale at Staples. However, if there is some third-party paper that is less expensive, I might try that.


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Jun 06, 2012 09:52 |  #3

pknight wrote in post #14539307 (external link)
I am interested in seeing the responses you get. I use an Epson printer, and find that Epson Premium Glossy is very good. I stock up on it when the boxes of 4x6 are periodically on sale at Staples. However, if there is some third-party paper that is less expensive, I might try that.

What does a "sale price" look like for that paper? I see some HP 4x6 at Staples that run $14 or $23 for 100 sheets, I can't seem to find the Epson 4x6...


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Jun 06, 2012 10:53 |  #4

Jasonmk,

For the moment I'd stick to Canon paper, at least until you know more about how you want to proceed. Canon will have paper profiles in place which saves work.

There are hundreds of different papers on the market and hundreds of differing opinions about which is "best".


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Jun 06, 2012 10:55 |  #5

I personally use Canon paper (on a Canon printer) but I have also used Ilford Galerie with success.




  
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Jun 06, 2012 11:57 |  #6

Lowner wrote in post #14539670 (external link)
There are hundreds of different papers on the market and hundreds of differing opinions about which is "best".

Exactly, that is what makes it tough to know where to start. I want something that looks like, but for "around the house" photos I'd rather not spend $30-$40 for a pack of 100 sheets (external link).


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Jun 06, 2012 15:19 |  #7

JasonMK wrote in post #14539155 (external link)
It seems to buy any good quality photo paper you have to pay just as much (or more) than if you just had them professionally printed.

If this is true, then when you factor in ink costs, I doubt it will be cheaper to print them yourself even if the paper was free. I don't think most people do their own printing to save money.


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Jun 06, 2012 15:40 |  #8

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If this is true, then when you factor in ink costs, I doubt it will be cheaper to print them yourself even if the paper was free. I don't think most people do their own printing to save money.

I haven't printed my own photos in almost 7 years, and even back then very rarely. My wife saw that I had been getting really into photography over the past 2 years and thought she found the perfect gift. I am grateful for the thoughtfulness, and now I am trying to try out printing a few photos at home for use around the house (kids scrap booking, hanging on the wall, updating frames, etc). I didn't expect to be printing at home to save a ton of money, but I have to admit that I was surprised that the paper alone seems to cost more than to have a lab print them (even if the ink & printer were free).

I was equally surprised that this question hadn't really been asked or answered on the forum, so I figured I'd take a quick poll and see what suggestions popped up.


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Jun 06, 2012 15:57 |  #9

JasonMK wrote in post #14540001 (external link)
Exactly, that is what makes it tough to know where to start. I want something that looks like, but for "around the house" photos I'd rather not spend $30-$40 for a pack of 100 sheets (external link).

How about $30 for a pack of 400 (external link)?
I have a Canon Pro 9000 Mark II and have been happy with the results with this paper. Might suit your needs, especially just for around the house stuff.




  
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Jun 06, 2012 16:05 |  #10

JasonMK wrote in post #14541188 (external link)
I was equally surprised that this question hadn't really been asked or answered on the forum, so I figured I'd take a quick poll and see what suggestions popped up.

Yea, I haven't been here too long, but I've never seen a similar question.

Good luck with the printing!

So given that, I would say the relatively cheap (let's say inexpensive) HP (and I assume Canon) 4x6 gloss is actually quite decent quality. However, the HP profile didn't work all that great in my PIXMA9500 II, so I would try something non-HP.

I did find that Staples Supreme paper worked very well (I tried matte and satin 8x10, not gloss) without a dedicated printer profile. In fact if Staples made their Satin in 13x19 it would be my paper of choice and probably 1/2 or less of the cost of the Moab paper I'm now using. I see they have 60 sheets of 4x6 supreme gloss for $12.99 or 100 sheets of their standard paper for $13.49. If you want gloss, I would try one of those those, probably the supreme since you'll be spending $50+ on ink before you use that up.

Also I would say that the 'professional' printing probably did not use the 'high quality' expensive paper you are seeing on the internet. Many/most people are not going to notice the difference, especially on a 4x6 print. The less expensive papers now are really quite good and I still use them for 4x6's to give to family/friends even though I might pay $2-$4 per 13x19inch sheet for something I'm going to hang on my wall.

In fact I just saw staples satin 4x6 100 pack for $20 and I'm going to get some just for the odd time my wife wants me to print out 4x6's instead of the 'free-with-ink' HP gloss we have in that size. Sometimes $20 is better that free! - but I also have a personal 'thing' against gloss paper.


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Jun 06, 2012 16:08 |  #11

JasonMK wrote in post #14541188 (external link)
I haven't printed my own photos in almost 7 years, and even back then very rarely. My wife saw that I had been getting really into photography over the past 2 years and thought she found the perfect gift. I am grateful for the thoughtfulness, and now I am trying to try out printing a few photos at home for use around the house (kids scrap booking, hanging on the wall, updating frames, etc). I didn't expect to be printing at home to save a ton of money, but I have to admit that I was surprised that the paper alone seems to cost more than to have a lab print them (even if the ink & printer were free).

I was equally surprised that this question hadn't really been asked or answered on the forum, so I figured I'd take a quick poll and see what suggestions popped up.

There has been plenty of discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of printing at home vs using an external lab/service. And, as you have seen, pricing is the main disadvantage.

But those have been general discussions covering various print sizes and such. I don't recall a specific discussion on 4x6 paper costs.

Plenty folks prefer to print from home, shouldering the paper/ink costs because the prefer the hands-on approach and the control over the process with the "immediate" results.

There are other companies who do sell good quality photo paper, such as Red River and Hahnemühle. But for pricing on 4x6 paper, I don't know how inexpensive you'll get without cutting quality.


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Jun 06, 2012 17:03 |  #12

tonylong wrote in post #14541310 (external link)
There are other companies who do sell good quality photo paper, such as Red River and Hahnemühle. But for pricing on 4x6 paper, I don't know how inexpensive you'll get without cutting quality.

That is the catch, isn't it. To be able to find that (subjective) happy medium between the two.


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Jun 06, 2012 21:00 |  #13

Red River Arctic Polar Satin or Gloss.


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Jun 06, 2012 21:32 as a reply to  @ Tony-S's post |  #14

Sometimes the best prices show up where you'd least expect.
I don't remember the cost but I bought a 100-pack of Canon Pro Platinum for less than the cost of 50 sheets at the same store (B&H). Don't know why (or care). And I got 50-packs of Kodak papers at Target for $7 one time.
It sounds like you're not interested in papers with profiles so I'd look at the discount stores like Target, kmart, Walmart, etc.
If you do want papers with profiles, look at B&H photo (online), they have lots of choices of 4x6.




  
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Jun 06, 2012 22:19 |  #15

Tony-S wrote in post #14542456 (external link)
Red River Arctic Polar Satin or Gloss.

I just bought the 9000 II and purchased a couple of their samplers: WOW!. I've never fully appreciated printed art until now.


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