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flyboy89
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Sep 13, 2009 14:12 |  #1

I'm going to be studying abroad in Leicester UK this year and I am interested in making prints while I'm there. Does anyone know of a service like mpix or something that is high quality and somewhat cheap?
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Sep 13, 2009 14:30 |  #2

DS Colour Labs based in Didsbury, Manchester quite cheap
here is the price list:
http://www.dscolourlab​s.co.uk/digital_photo_​printing.cfm (external link)
postage can be expensive some times but never really had a problem with them

also use Photobox sometimes
http://www.photobox.co​.uk/ (external link)
can be cheaper than DSCL only because of postage the actual products are more expensive but it's about the overall charge not the individual prices =D

hope these two get you started and if you find any decent ones let me know ;)


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Sep 14, 2009 07:15 as a reply to  @ Racerman's post |  #3

I use PhotoBox all the time and find them to be very reliable, quick and great quality. The only thing to watch out for is calibration of your monitor to their printers as I found my first batch of prints were too dark...


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Jan 18, 2010 06:37 |  #4

As it happens, I have tons of pics now from Fall 2009 Semester, and I shall be selecting suitable photos to print, I think I'll try photobox since they have a 40 free print thing, I would like some large prints, so I'll have to see how that stuff turns out... I'll let you know :)




  
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Jan 18, 2010 07:07 |  #5

I find Loxley Colour beat Photobox hands down...




  
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Jan 18, 2010 07:50 |  #6

anthonyi,

Certainly for pure quality regardless of expense Loxley are high on my short list.


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Jan 18, 2010 07:58 |  #7

Hi Richard....yes, I know they're somewhat more expensive and the OP did ask budget to be considered. I find the issue with Photobox to be that sometimes a print will just not come out right and yet, a Loxley print of the same file is perfect (of course everyone may have a different experience). Photobox didn't seem worth the saving to me when I ended up having the images reprinted by Loxley to get the result I wanted/was expecting.

So I guess I'm saying that while Photobox can be just fine, overall I find it cheaper to go to Loxley and get it right first time.




  
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Jan 18, 2010 08:07 as a reply to  @ anthonyi's post |  #8

I have not had a chance to try them yet but a few people have recomended RGB Photo to me.

http://www.rgb-photo.co.uk/ (external link)

Im going to give them a shot with my next batch

Chris.




  
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Jan 18, 2010 12:12 as a reply to  @ Retouch UK's post |  #9

Have you tried any of the camera shops? Jessops have a branch on Granby Street, whilst Jacobs have a branch on the corner of Granby Street and Belvoir Street [plus the main store on London Road] and there's Youngs Cameras further up Belvoir Street towards the library.

I haven't used them myself as I generally print at home, but it might be worth your while trying them out for a handful of prints and see whether you like them.

Failing that there's Peak Imaging, based in Sheffield, who are high quality printers/developers and Togsprint, based in Leeds, who have done some larger scale prints for me in the past - not as good quality wise compared to Peak Imaging, but cheaper.


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Jan 18, 2010 16:41 as a reply to  @ Electric Shepherd's post |  #10

Actually I have been to those places on Granby, and the are somewhat expensive, I would probably do a bulk order when I do get them printed, so it may be worth to use that more expensive service mentioned earlier just to get it right. I went to a place that has kodak computer/printer hybrids and that was like 44 p per 4 by 6, which is expensive and I didnt really like the way their colors turned out. It was different from their screen and my screen lol. Hmm...




  
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Jan 19, 2010 09:14 |  #11

Everything is expensive in the UK, sales tax (Value Added Tax) is huge there also, so make sure you have all the gear you want purchased in the US before you go over. Do you need to have the prints on hand in the UK, or do you just like having prints as a "physical record". You could always send them to be printed from Mpix and have them delivered to your (home) US address.
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Jan 19, 2010 11:47 |  #12

Just to add my previous experience of Photobox into the mix I won't be ordering from them again.

As aliflack said above make sure you're monitor is calibrated to their printers if you do.

I've had to have various print runs re-printed by them in the past due to miscut & misprinted prints, I received half of my order and half of someone elses, and damaged prints. In fact I don't think I had a single order without a problem. Their customer service is good though!

I'm still hunting for a better alternative myself, RBG-tech were top of my list when I start printing again.


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Jan 19, 2010 18:25 |  #13

Obtong wrote in post #9425034 (external link)
Everything is expensive in the UK, sales tax (Value Added Tax) is huge there also, so make sure you have all the gear you want purchased in the US before you go over. Do you need to have the prints on hand in the UK, or do you just like having prints as a "physical record". You could always send them to be printed from Mpix and have them delivered to your (home) US address.
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Oh I knowww, I was at Jacobs on Granby street, and they wanted 200 pounds for the 430EXII flash! Thats approx 330 dollars! So when I went home I bought my flash from amazon us. I see when I go to amazon us from the UK its like "shopping from UK? Go to amazon UK!" and I think ha! Yeah right, thats way more expensive. Some Sigma lenses are the same number value in cost :(.

The point being I want prints here to decorate my room, and to give to my friends. In all these 3 years I have only given 2 prints to friends of mine. They liked them though :)




  
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Jan 19, 2010 18:28 |  #14

flyboy89 wrote in post #9428684 (external link)
Oh I knowww, I was at Jacobs on Granby street, and they wanted 200 pounds for the 430EXII flash! Thats approx 330 dollars! So when I went home I bought my flash from amazon us. I see when I go to amazon us from the UK its like "shopping from UK? Go to amazon UK!" and I think ha! Yeah right, thats way more expensive. Some Sigma lenses are the same number value in cost :(.

The point being I want prints here to decorate my room, and to give to my friends. In all these 3 years I have only given 2 prints to friends of mine. They liked them though :)

In that case Photobox would be fine, just remember to up your output brightness by 15-20 and saturation by 5-8 (at least they were my figures) and be prepared to send a couple back, hopefully they've improved by now :) I was speaking previously from a re-sale quality pov.


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