Printer for small prints

Dancook

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I have an all-in-one epson printer, cost me £120 a few years ago. Not used it for any photographic prints, I don't know how capable it is.

Recently I saw a collage of polaroid prints on a wall, almost got me wanting a polaroid until I thought I could just print off my own prints from a digital camera.

I doubt I would want to make any large prints A4+, if I did I could send them to a professional print services.

Wondering whether I should look at printers that are tailored specifically for high quality small photos? and whether anyone would have any thoughts on the matter.
 

twist

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Depends on the quality you want, the bigger A3 printers offer better quality, so its not just about paper size.
 

Dancook

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... its not as if the A3 printers cant print smaller ;)

Yup, if that's the case I might consider a bigger printer - I didn't know if something smaller would be just as good but more cost effective and take up less space.
 

Dancook

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High quality big prints, the ladies love them.

hmm I'm going to hold fire for now, I'm in the middle of moving my "office" upstairs and I don't think Louise would be impressed with such a monster when there is no room in the house.


might regret missing the bargain..
 

AMc

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How "authentic" would you like to go on your instant print theme or if you want to print instantly on the go a la polaroid?

https://www.the-impossible-project.com/
They have a device for using your smart phone to expose their instant film.
I always wanted a real Polaroid camera when I was a kid - no waiting to see your prints - but couldn't conceivably afford it.
Now The Impossible Project have brought back the idea in something I choose not to afford :)

Fuji have their own instant print camera range. Not expensive but probably limited appeal. Available in a range of "fun" (embarassing) colours too :)
http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/camera...amera-10-shot-bundle-yellow-10024732-pdt.html
http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/camera...camera-10-shot-bundle-black-10029173-pdt.html

http://www.zink.com/
I've seen printers and cameras using Zink at a couple of weddings which were fun - the guests get the print, the couple get the digital file to keep - not sure about the durability of the prints. No ink to dry out, but little prints. Apart from the "instant print" I can't see a lot to recommend them.

My brother in law has a portable self powered Canon Selphy printer which does an decent job on 6x4. He's had it a while so not available any more but for the odd print esp. at family event it's quite cool.

I use Photobox for everything - at 5-8p per print you can afford to make a lot of mistakes before you get near the cost of an ink cartridge (dried out and dead after using 1/3rd of its capacity in my case). The only downside is waiting.
They have a "Fauxlaroid" retro option - not that cheap but might be worth it for a specific project?
http://www.photobox.co.uk/shop/prints/retro-prints

I also used Boots to get half decent prints in a hurry.

Of course knowing you're known for attention to detail so you probably want to do it yourself and have control of all of it :)
 

twist

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If you want event photos and fast prints with instant dry time you get a dye sub printer.

The problem with the cheap photo printers is quality and stock, its not just having control over your print management. They are cheap prints for a reason.
 
My brother in law has a portable self powered Canon Selphy printer which does an decent job on 6x4. He's had it a while so not available any more but for the odd print esp. at family event it's quite cool.

Agreed. For decent 6x4 prints it's a great little printer, I've got the older CP800. I think the CP820, CP910 and CP1000 are the current models available. It takes up no space at all, you can put it away in a drawer.
 

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