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Printer advice

Discussion in 'Photography Forums' started by welshpaul, Oct 26, 2004.

  1. welshpaul

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    My Dad is just getting into Digital Camera photography and has hinted at having a printer off me for Crimbo.

    He wants one of those plug in memory card and print jobbies.

    Can anyone advise a good, reasonably priced one?

    Also one which allows you to print say 4 piccies per A4 sheet, not sure how the printing size works with these type of printers so any advice appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  2. seany

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    The epson RX300 would be a good choice:)
    http://www.pricerunner.co.uk/computing/peripherals/printers/186562/details If he's going to use if for printing photo's then you have to get a decent one. It does cost more to print from home. It's ok if you dont print much, but when you can get 50 prints for only £6 at jessops and boots not to mention online printers like photobox. You'd soon realise to print like that at home would cost much more.
     
  3. Garrett

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    Was going to post the same answer printing is expensive yourself it uses a lot of ink and you have to by special paper which in not cheap.
    Boots do 50 prints for £5. That’s only 10p per print.
     
  4. woody67

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    I think those printers defeat the object of having a digital camera.

    Printing off job lots of images from the memory card is expensive, and potentially wasteful exercise if you then see that the images - which looked OK on the 2" screen are not that good once printed.

    I prefer to upload them to my PC, view and edit as necessary and then just print the ones I want.

    Most of my general prints are done on an Epson C900 colour laser - which I have seen for under £250 recently. I paid double this last year . Quality is amazing.

    But whatever you buy, check out the cost of the cartridges too. Or you may lumber the old man with an expensive ink bill
     
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    I disagree totally, even the press and magazines use digial now. What digital does is gives you the scope to take better pictures on a much larger scale which means that when you come to print you have i greater amount of good shots to choose from. If you cant tell a photo is poor on the screen then i dont know how you'd spot a good one.

    There is always will be something tangible about printed picture, and rather then hindering prints digtial should enhance the magic of seeing and sharing a printed picture. But the cost of that is simply to much to do on a decent scale from home.

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    You know what mate i missunderstood you :suicide: I thought you meant not being able to tell how good a picture was once you had it on a pc screen. :blush:

    One things thats handy about printers with built in readers is that you can load them on to your pc via that reader.
     
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    My prefered printer is the Canon i865 (slightly hard to find now, but the i965 is just as good).

    Yes, printing might be slightly more expensive at home but as has been pointed out what's the point of printing off a memory card (or direct from camera for that matter) if half you prints were no good?

    I do some photo repair work for friends, etc., and like to be able to print out a copy to see how good it looks before giving a final version. Also I've noticed that despite how much I look at the photo on the screen it's not until I've printed it out that I spot a whopping mistake.

    Raziel
     
  7. melliott1963

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    I do all my printing from home, purely because I know exactly what I'm going to get and can also get it when I want it.

    I would recommend Canon from personal experience.

    All I would like to add is:-

    * don't go for a cheap printer. You'll end up paying more in the long run for the ink cartridges.

    * Make sure the printer has separate colour ink cartridges so you only replace the colour that has run out.

    * Although more expensive, prints using branded inks and paper will generally last longer than those with 'compatible' ink and paper.

    The Canon printers come with software that allows you to print variable number of prints on A4 paper. I print all of mine, 4 to an A4 page, borderless, which is near enough 6x4, and this works out cheaper than printing individually on 6x4 paper.
     
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    Razieluk and I share the same printer, and it is the business, printing up at to 8 x 6 from my Fuji Finepix 304 (now S3000) onto Ilford Photo Glossy Paper. I found the 965 too pricey for what I wanted to do. Woody67 does exactly what I do - far less wasteful. Carts for the 865 are 8-10 quid depending on where you shop. I also echo melliott1963's comments. Hopefully my next camera will stretch its capabilities further.
     
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    Does anyone know what the Canon CP-330 is like ? It's a specialist 6x4 photo printer only.
    Here
    I imagine that the consumables would be expensive, but it looks like a cool and convenient gadget :)
     
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    I have got a canon cp300 card printer with the battery for portability, and I use it for direct printing from my camera, although I now find it a bit gimmicky and hardly ever use it, also the consumables are a bit on the pricey side, although the printing quality is superb and it is great to see it printing each colour separately and you can just put a stamp on your picture and send it to a friend or relative, and I must repeat, the quality really is exceptional.

    It was a great source of pride when I first bought it, and I delighted in impressing anyone who would watch me demostrate it,..but after the novelty wares off, you kinda start thinking to yourself, "why did I buy this"
     
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    Check out Amazon they are about £7 odd each there! But don't be put off by the small photo (it's the wrong one). If you click for the large image it does show the correct ink cartridge.

    Raziel
     

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