In article <com>,
Mxsmanic <com> wrote:
> If you take your files to a lab and instruct them to print the files
> as-is, and you've properly prepared the files, what you see on your
> screen will correspond exactly to what you obtain on paper. There is no
> need to print the images yourself.
> The quality of true wet prints from the Fuji Frontier and other similar
> printers is noticeably superior to that from ink-jet printers, and the
> cost is the same or lower.
> Currently I don't see any reason to print digital files myself, even
> though I have a nice ink-jet printer. I get better results at lower
> cost by taking my files to a lab, and it doesn't even take any longer
> than it would to print myself (about an hour at the lab, versus the same
> amount of time sitting next to my ink-jet printer).[/ref]
I would have to differ on both statements above. I get superior results
printing on my Epson 9600 Ultrachrome printer with the Imageprint RIP,
than I can get on any Fuji Frontier that I have found.
I also like the fact that with the Ultrachrome pigment Inks the photos
are near archival in quality.(Depending on choice of paper). The Fuji
Frontier prints are RA-4 process, just like all minilab prints for the
last decade prior to the Frontier (Fuji's version of RA-4) and are
chromogenic dye photo prints, Not even washed, just super-stabilized,
and have a limited lifespan before fading, particularly if you exhibit
them. Now, I can back this statement up from personal experience, as I
have many, many 16x20 color enlargements made by me personally on EP-2
and RA-4 process in my own lab that were properly washed and dried and
exhibited behind glass, and after about 10 years they are hopelessly
faded. And this not even in direct sunlight. I use Frontier prints for
Proofs only for my professional work.
Also you are limited to the maximum size the Frontier will produce,
which is just slightly larger than 8x12. I like to print 20x30 from my
D100 and Kodak DCS 14n files. The Epson 2200 is the desktop version of
the 9600, just FYI.