Printer

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by new-Mac-owner, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. new-Mac-owner macrumors regular

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    Hi, I am looking to get a Good Printer For my Grandfather as a birthday Present and I was Wondering What to get he has a Nikon D-80 He needs one that is Able to put the Sd card in without having to go into the computer that can produce go picture Quality other than Hp,Also he has the old Glass Slides I saw somewhere an adapter the you can print them also. Please let me know or Pm under 400.00 Would be Great but if its-good it has to be spent:apple:-Thanks
     
  2. Hmac macrumors 68020

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    I can't help you with a printer, but my observation has been, after many years of inkjet printers, that recurrently clogging jets and printer maintenance were so problematic for me that I gave up printing my own images. I now just upload the ones I like to Kodak and have them print them for me. I've found that when you consider cost of ink and paper, Kodak (or others) is generally cheaper-per-print, the quality is better, and not having to maintain and continually buy ink cartidges and expensive paper is a major plus. That frees me up to just use a good old fast, reliable, and maintenance-free color laser printer for my general printing needs. IMHO.
     
  3. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    I have an Olympus P-11, the quality is much better than with inkjets (you don't see any dots even with a loupe, because there are none!), colors are mixed directly. They have the same resolution as minilab prints.

    You cannot use memory cards, but you can use pretty much any digital camera and print via the camera. However, the print quality will be lower than if you print via the computer (this is true quite generally for any solution).
     
  4. Hmac macrumors 68020

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    Per my post above...

    Dye sublimation printers were another option I considered - I have a friend who is a professional photographer and uses one a lot for rapid proofing. But...I can't pass the costs on like he can, and 4x6 prints from Kodak cost me less than $0.15 each, comnpared to the above-quoted $0.33 above for the typical dye-sub printer.
     
  5. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    Consider it a cheap alternative to Polaroids. That's what I do anyway. Most of the pictures these days either make it into a printed album or are sent around electronically.
     
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    How big does he want to print? There's the Epson Picture Mate, but you're limited in size. I haven't seen many decent printers since the Epson 925 (old) that take CF and SD cards. Technology and ink quality has come a long way, maybe printer companies found the inclusion of a card reader to be silly. I know I wouldn't want to print straight from camera.
     
  7. Hmac macrumors 68020

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    True. And I confess that for the most part, the prints I have made are done so for framing, not keeping in a scrapbook or loose in a drawer. As a result, most of my prints are 5x7 or 8x10 for framing, or photo montage, or printed photo albums. Anything that I might print at 4x6, I just put up on my photo storage account and share them that way.
     
  8. Batt macrumors 65816

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    Kodak 5300 all-in-one. Good prints, cheap ink, cheap price ($99.00), built-in card reader.
     
  9. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

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    You're right, most of my prints are large and I go to my favorite photo shop for that. But for quick pix for grandma, it's a great solution.
     

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