Does anyone know where to get good digital photos printed in the Chicago area? I know digital darrel mentions Thompsons but I have a slow internet connection and downloading my images will take a long time. Besides lightjet prints, what other types of printing would anyone recommend? I just got my D100 and I printed some of the pictures without any post processing on a Fuji PrintPix machine at Wolf camera. It seems to be a dye-sub print but I don't know for sure. I tried asking someone in the store but they did not know what type of print it was or the archiveability of the print. Can anyone recommend a pro lab or other photofinisher (around chicago) that understands the D100 and digital printing onto archive quality photographic paper?
Thanks in advance...
#1. "RE: Printed Photos" | In response to Reply # 0Joe M Registered since 29th Aug 2002Mon 30-Sep-02 11:17 PM
Coincidentally, i just got in the mail today my first batch of "professionally" printed pictures. For the past month, since I got my D100, I had printed the files on my own using an HP photosmart inkjet printer.
The technology used by the printer was the Fuji Frontier system (which is apparently a laser system), printed on Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper. Suffice to say, I am completely underwhelmed. Not only were all of the pictures printed backwards(!)--which I can't understand, since there is no negative--but the colors are muted, and the resoluton is no better than I get from my inkjet.
I was hoping to find a high quality, reasonably priced alternative to the time consuming task of doing my own printing. I guess I'll have to keep looking.
#3. "RE: Printed Photos" | In response to Reply # 1visual1 Registered since 19th Sep 2002Tue 01-Oct-02 12:09 AM
The output from the Fontier System CAN be stunning. One of the things that you have to find is a operator that knows how to use it. Sorry, even though it's digital, some systems like Frontier need a compitent operator. Like the backwards thing...what's up with that??
Then there's color workflow. Although you've been doing output on your inkjet, those colors/satuation etc may not translate to the color model of the frontier. There are several posts in the D100 discussions that can help you get your camera/computer to be a little more calibrated so you can get more predictable results.
#4. "RE: Printed Photos" | In response to Reply # 1BJNicholls Charter MemberTue 01-Oct-02 02:15 AM
Find a lab that does Lightjet prints. It also images to photographic paper, but unlike the Frontier system that is in a lot of not-so-hot labs, the price to entry for a Lightjet imager is high enough that it is usually run by more competent staff.
The Fuji system is even used in some self-service applications, although I've yet to see one that stayed in service very long.