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K. Praslowicz 8:18pm, 1 November 2010
Or are we all slaves to WHCC?

Just wondering since both the Epson R2880 & Canon Pro9500 both have $200 rebates right now bringing them under the $500 mark, I'm considering getting my own and not having to deal with shipping wait times. Wondering if there are any hidden nightmares with profiling, calibration, anything else that I'm not foreseeing.
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 8 years ago
Wait a second....you went digital?!?
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K. Praslowicz Posted 8 years ago. Edited by K. Praslowicz (admin) 8 years ago
I've been mainly hybrid for nearly a decade now. Nothing new.
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I have heard that profiling between the monitor and printer can be tricky and you have to be printing/selling often to make it worth while. It's not a cheaper route from what I understand.

That being said, I still want a 13' or 17'' wide format printer.
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K. Praslowicz 8 years ago
Well, here is the crux of the issue. I'm an elitist snob who grew up on museum weight fiber paper for my prints. While WHCC is priced well, RC papers make me feel sour inside when I hold them.

The best price I've found so far for the silver rag and baryta papers that satisfy my print elitism is $22/sq foot. Plus $8 handling, Plus whatever shipping charge there are, plus a more than week for my order to get through their queue.

Given that the final cost per 8x10 will be the same as WHCC, and be of the quality I want to roll around naked in bed with, it seems like it would be worth any calibration hassle.

And I can always outsource some print work to my fell DPG members to help pay for ink. :D
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Yeah, you should buy one. I really want to see a side by side comparison, or maybe I don't. :)
I know the sprayed prints look better, but seeing one of my shots on it may put a printer at the top of my list as well and put a dent in my wallet or credit...
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HBRstudios 8 years ago
I, also, would like to see a side by side comparison, including a 16 bit compared to 8 bit image files.
I'm taking Digital Printing backwards, I have a person up here that makes their own paper and I'm using that for some special projects. Otherwise, we use WHCC for 100 percent of our Commercial / Portrait works.
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Karl W. 8 years ago
I've been using Pictorico with my photo printer at home and it's been working out pretty good for small stuff. They often have outlet stuff on ebay if your looking to buy it cheaper or to try it out.

diamond-jet.com/pictoricotop.aspx
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K. Praslowicz Posted 8 years ago. Edited by K. Praslowicz (admin) 8 years ago
Well. I jumped on a printer. I'll try to not be lazy and get a WHCC print made against a print on baryta paper beofre the next meeting. I'll pick one that I have traditionally made fiber print as well. Make it a three way.
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HBRstudios 8 years ago
cool
enchanted afternoon [deleted] 8 years ago
Word! How are the prints turning out? Any problems with calibration or the such?
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K. Praslowicz 8 years ago
Hasn't shipped yet. 7-10 days and I'll know. ;)
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