I have been printing my own pictures for a while. Every now and then I would like to try my hand at printing a larger size (11x17" for example) but my printer isn't that big.
Have you ever heard of a service where you can "rent" either a printer or time on a printer? For example, there are places where you can rent time on a computer, places where you can bring files and use their facilities to work on and print the file, but those are "normal" printers.
On the other hand, there are places where you can rent entire photo studios.
And if you'd like to rent a dye-sub printer for an event you can do that too.
But what about if you just want to show up with a laptop and your own software, and print to a high quality photo printer (one you can download profiles for)?
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#1. "RE: Rent a printer?" | In response to Reply # 0elcee Nikonian since 01st Nov 2005Fri 08-Nov-13 06:52 PM
Great idea, LaDonna, but any item that uses expendables (color laser, inkjet, even dye sub) would be
prohibitively expensive to ship. To guarantee that the next customer wouldn't get a printer that had run
out of one or more cartridges, toners or DS film cartridge, the company may require you to buy a complete
set. That's assuming the printer does not have an accurate media level monitor. Even if it does have accrue monitors
for the number of prints or ink used, the company still might require replacement.
Last time I checked prices at Kinko's Office, they charged $15/sq ft for large prints.
Unless you want to use fine art papers, send your images to a big box store.
On-line specialty printers like MPIX offer a few nicer papers (metallic), but selection is limited.
We pay print shops for color + paper + usage + expertise + profit.
It doesn't seem like a good business practice to let the inexperienced use their printers, unless users
don't mind paying for magenta prints because they're double-profiling.
Others responding may blow my logic out of the water.
#2. "RE: Rent a printer?" | In response to Reply # 1dgberg Registered since 25th Aug 2007Sun 10-Nov-13 08:50 AM | edited Sun 10-Nov-13 12:21 PM by dgberg
Looks like the perfect time for you to start a new craft in the wonderful world of printing.
Printers are cheap,the consumables not so much.
An Epson 13" printer can be had for several hundred dollars. A very small amount compared to your camera and lenses. It is absolutly addicting. A whole new world opens up printing for friends,family even yourself. Might even sell a few. Fine art papers,canvas even metal.
For me anyway photography is about the print. I got hooked on printing 6 or 7 years ago and although a business for me it is still a very serious passion.
My suggestion would be to take 6 months of your photography budget and set up your minature print studio. A great investment. You may get hooked too.
#3. "RE: Rent a printer?" | In response to Reply # 2OldCodger Registered since 15th Oct 2011Sun 10-Nov-13 11:49 AM
One other 'big' problem with printers is that if you buy one the inks tend to dry out between uses, even for a printer rental agency that could be an issue. Can you or should you even ship a loaded printer? I think it is not usually recommended. The costs of shipping, returning checking, etc. would mean that the likely rental cost would be of the order of 75~100% of the purchase price. Perhaps the only way is to visit an active printer and have them print off your images, even allowing for their on costs, the charges are likely to compare well with any DIY activity based on printer rental.
#4. "RE: Rent a printer?" | In response to Reply # 0
Thanks for the information and the encouragement.
It seems I wasn't clear about what I expected to find, but on the other hand if printer rental in any form doesn't exist then it doesn't really matter what I expected to find.
(What I was looking for is something akin to a Kinko's for photographers, where you can go in, take your memory card(s) and/or your own laptop, and then print – from THEIR top-of-the-line printers.)
Yup, it would be really hard to price the thing, I see that now. Kinko's can price per print, knowing that there isn't but so much ink likely to be necessary for the average non-photographer's non-photograph. But as soon as you start talking about top-of-the-line inks, yeah, that would be pricey.
I do have a dream of one day having my own little printing studio. I love printing on my little Canon iP4600, and some of my friends have even (without my suggesting, much less asking) starting framing my prints and hanging them on their walls! One has even turned her guest toilet into an art gallery, with walls full from one side to the other of my prints that she's had custom framed. (Gee!!!!)
My next door neighbor recently framed a gift I gave her, and it's sitting (framed) in her kitchen.
(Maybe I've got some kind of a promotion?)
In addition, I have some nice A3+ paper already. I saw it on my local Craig's List for a song and couldn't pass it up.
But that's about all I have room for in my house at the moment ... room for a couple A3+ paper boxes. When I print I take my (relatively) tiny iP4600 out of one of our Ikea cabinets and put it on the dining room table.
An A3(+) printer, on the other hand, is another story. In theory I could afford one, especially since I'm seeing some bee-YOU-tiful prices on used Canon Pro 9000's now that the new Canon Pro series is out. I look at those prices and weep. I don't even have a closet with enough empty room for me to store the thing, even without setting it up to use it.
So I dream ...
and order prints at ridiculous prices for what so far is lottery-based colors on so-so paper when I want anything bigger than 8x10.
One day, I will either
(a) manage to clean out all of the junk stored in our (former) 2nd bathroom; or
(b) win the lottery and extend our house (I love our location; I don't want to move, just want a bigger house ).
Then I'll buy a gorgeous big printer, and set up my own print studio.
Until then, I remain
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
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#5. "RE: Rent a printer?" | In response to Reply # 4OldCodger Registered since 15th Oct 2011Mon 11-Nov-13 06:04 AM
Are there any camera clubs or similar organisations, technical or art colleges in your area that might have enough potential work to keep a 'quality printer' going as a shared (paid for) resource?
Even a group of like minded people one of whom might host the device to resolve the space issue? (I am aware that it might need to be set up carefully to avoid the issue of an amateur being chased by the ever more desperate tax people accusing them of tax fraud while running a business.)