I would like to know your opinion of the best digital printing service (not printer) for the D800E . All photos will be taken at maximum resolution in RAW? My needs would include sizes up to 16 X 20 (color). Also, what type of paper do you think is optimal for normal and large prints?
My grandson is turning 2 next week and the highest quality printing is paramount to me. Greatly appreciated. Thank you.
The only service I've used is White House Custom Color. They don't accept raw files - you post process them into JPEG in the form you want them printed, and they print them. I don't have a D800, but I know that they do prints up to 45x60 and their quality has always been uniformly excellent. I know pros in my area who shoot with 30- and 40-mp Hasselblads that have much of their output done there (whcc.com), so while I don't personally have D800 experience, I think it's safe to assume that they can handle it. I've never done anything bigger than 24x48" there, obviously a pano stitch given my smaller cameras.
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Sun 17-Jun-12 05:35 AM | edited Sun 17-Jun-12 05:47 AM by Hawk Eyes
Hi, for one of the best in the world go to http://www.weldoncolorlab.com/ print on Fuji flex Crystal Archive or Fuji Deep Matte. Googl Light jet printing it is one of the best ways to print hands down. Your D800E will get the highest printing quality available. If you are Serious about your prints, I Highly Recommend them, as do many high end art Gallery's and Photographers.
>Hi, for one of the best in the world go to >http://www.weldoncolorlab.com/ print on Fuji flex Crystal >Archive or Fuji Deep Matte. Googl Light jet printing it is one >of the best ways to print hands down. Your D800E will get the >highest printing quality available. If you are Serious about >your prints, I Highly Recommend them, as do many high end art >Gallery's and Photographers. > >Cosco now that is funny
Thank you very much. This, custom labs, are unchartered waters for me. I went with Weldon with a bunch of 8 X 10's and will have the result back in approximatley a week. Much appreciated. All the best.
>No problem glad to help, would love to here your thoughts on >your prints when you get them. They are one of the best for >sure !
First, I would like to thank everyone for their valuable suggestions. They are greatly appreciated.
I went with Weldon. In the words of my wife, "they are beyond fabulous." My first thought is, "Oh my God, this is amazing! " All together, they had a bunch of my 8 X10's. One of them was with my little grandson and me where I had perspiration over my lip. They removed the perspiration and the photo came out flawless. All of the others were adjusted perfectly and complimented quality of the D800E with the 85mm/1.4 G. I could not be more pleased with the rich colors, saturation, dynamic range, bokeh and sharpness.
The Weldon staff was exceedingly helpful and explained their various options. For example, a picture without them adjusting is less costly than one with them doing corrections. Weldon's color overall result was something that I have only seen (and not that often) in wedding photos with high end cameras and matching processing. Their staff is patient (Katherine, Rich and Mike) and explained my choices (paper, etc.) in a very professional manner.
Although quite expensive they produced the results I was seeking. When I want a photo that is 8 X10 or larger, then Weldon will be my "go to" lab. It optimizes the Nikon D800/D800E when one is seeking a larger print that one wants to display or give to someone as a present. It is as good as I have seen. All the best. Good luck.
What sort of print did you get - inkjet or lightjet? If the latter, which type of paper?
To answer your question, I purchased Light Inkjet Fuji Matt from Weldon Color Lab. Katherine, Mike and Rich of guided me on the direction to go.
I am sure all the labs mentioned are excellent and intend on using some of them when I don't want to break the bank. But if I get a special picture, then that photo is going to Weldon.
Candidly, I thought the files I sent them were as good as my current ability would take me using Aperture, a full set of NIK software and the D800E. There were some minor flaws with color (florescent light, etc.) and as previoulsy mentioned some perspiration on my face. In all fairness, the results I received from Weldon were better than the files I sent to them.
No one can claim "the best." However, IMO, they are one of the best and the best that I have experienced. Good luck.
Sun 08-Jul-12 01:26 AM | edited Sun 08-Jul-12 01:34 AM by Hawk Eyes
I use "Fuji Flex crystal archive" witch is made from vinyl. It is really known for its vibrant colors and great contrast. Also having your prints mounted on aluminum and Laminating your Photos is great. That way there is no glass over the picture and you lose almost zero detail. Top gallery photographers use this method for there prints. As far as the the other paper I do not no the differences.
Costco may seem funny. But they do have facilites that regualry calibrate thir systems and my nearest Costco offers printing on a Noritsu 3111 with Fuji Crystal Archive Paper or an Epson 7880 with Fujifilm Photo Satin Paper (270 gsm) or Fujifilm RC Semi-Gloss Poster Board.
Using their profiles and making sure they do not use the Image Intelligence produces some very nice prints.
They do beat out alot of self professed professional color labs.
I agree with Costco, if nothing else I recommend printing a 8x12 there just to check post processing, at $1.49 each in an hour it's a great double check on your monitor calibration, then you can send it off to another lab (if you need to) knowing you have nailed the post processing exactly how you want.
When I've sent something off for framing or canvas or other work, I always do a trial run there first. When my last photo epson bit the dust, I decided not to even have a photo printer at home, it's just so much cheaper and almost as fast to get proofs there.
I still send stuff off for special purposes, so hearing the recommendations here is very helpful, thanks. I'm still annoyed at Smugmug that they don't make Bay Printing available to non-commercial accounts there.