What's the archival life of a regular 1hr photo print?
I think I have finally convinced my wife that we "need" a dedicated film scanner and a photo printer. .
My dilemma is which printer. My wife does alot of scrapbooking and will be using the prints for her scrapbooks. With all the hard work she puts into the pages, she doesn't want to have to be replacing pictures every few years if they fade.
Printers I am considering are the Epson C80 and 820. The C80 has longer archival life for prints, but the 820 will give better prints with a shorter lifespan.
How long do regular 1hr photo prints last? If it is within the same timeframe as a print from the Epson 820 I really lose nothing compared to our current process. If prints from the 820 will fade a considerable amount sooner than a regular photo print, I will lean toward the C80.
Also, does anyone know if either of the inks from the C80 or 820 are compatible with the scrapbooking concept of everything needing to be "acid free"? I see no mention of this regarding ink jet prints.
As far as storage, in my wifes scrapbooks, none of the pages or photos are sleeved or covered. All pics are pasted to album pages using acid free archival glue and artsy craftsy cutout litte mattings and acid free pens for artistic decorations... stuff like that. Although they are not covered in plastic, they are sheltered from light in the albums they are in. All other materials are acid free and archival, so should not emit hazerdous chemicals that would degrade a photo print.
Any ideas or comments would be appreciated...
#1. "RE: What's the archival life of a regular 1hr photo pri" | In response to Reply # 0BJNicholls Charter MemberFri 31-May-02 04:22 PM
I've read that the average 1 hour print has a 5-10 year span before showing visible fading. If you go to a pro lab that makes prints on Fuji Crystal Archive paper the archival life is more like 50 years.
The C80 is a neat little printer, but won't match the photo quality of 6-color printers. The halftoning is coarser and the color gamut isn't as extensive. You can pick one up for about $150. You can get 8-15 years from the 6-color dye ink prints if you use Heavyweight Matte paper and store/display the prints where they are protected from air flow. The cyan in fade is due to oxidation. Prints protected by glass or plastic sleeves will have the best chance of lasting several years.
Coming at the end of June will be Epson's new 2100 (2200 in the US) that uses Epson's new dye based Ultrachrome 7 color inks. The cartridges are individually replaceable and print life will be 25-100 years depending on the paper you print on. Price should be about $600 and it will print on 13" wide paper (sheet or rollfed):