Don't know about the laser enlarger but I believe the "Frontier system" refers to Fujifilm's lineup of minilab systems. This is what some commercial labs use. If you are still interested I remember either B&H photo or Adorama sell/lease some of the models. Just prepare for the prices.
My experience with the LightJet process so far is quite good. I am buying 11x14's from my D100 that my clients rave about. They actually use a laser, not a lens, to write directly on standard photo paper. Then they process the paper like a regular photo. It is NOT a print on a printer, but is truly a wet processed photo, except that a laser wrote the image in a VERY SHARP way to the paper.
Try Thompson's by contacting Mark Barnes there (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will set up a download folder for you. Nikonians and Thompsons are even now drawing up contracts for Thompsons to be a "sponsor" for Nikonians. If we support them, we are also supporting Nikonians.org. They have very good prices, and know how to make a D100 stand up and sing!
Be SURE and mention that you are a Nikonians member, so that Nikonains will get credit for the processing. They put us in our own download area on their server and we get premium service.
The chain of Photo USA stores in my area starting using fibre optic printers about 6 months ago. ALL of my prints are done there at a very reasonable price and true 100 year archival film print quality. When a couple of other D1X users came there with images to be printed, I remember quite a buzz in the store about how we were stacking up against traditional film cameras. Need I say more? Nicholas
I just got my 11x14 back from Thompson’s... WOW! To say the least! Very impressive, I will send all my orders to Thompson's...
I sent one digital image via their AGFAnet Print Service... I uploaded the picture and in less than 5 working days, I received my print at my front door and for a price 30%-40% cheaper than my local shop... (Without having to drive all the way across town to deliver the digital file and then to return a few days later to pick it up... for 30%-40% more money...)
Thanks Darrell for the recommendation and glad to hear they are becoming a Nikonians Sponsor!
Too bad, these guys only support Windows and Macintosh users. Looks like I'll have to stick with the local labs. Why these guys couldn't just set up a post-only FTP directory baffles my mind. Ten times easier and cheaper than writing specialized software. That is what we used to do at a the lab I worked for.
Thompson Photo does exactly that. They set up a POST ONLY FTP directory for each user. The AGFANet service was NOT what I was speaking of. Of course, it will result in the same processing, but limits you to small JPEGS. To download really large images requires an FTP download. (Computer brand and Operating System independent. GO LINUX)
I suggest, once again, that users contact Thompsons and request an FTP download folder, username, and password. They will set it up JUST FOR YOU. Then you can download your images for high-speed, high-quality processing.