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| p.1 #9 · Portable Dye-Sublimation printer with low cost per photo under 1000$ |
I have been looking into dye subs for a while. Used epson r800/1800s for over 5 years, great quality but cleaning cycles, ink supply and per cutting paper to obtain fastest printer to customer result was getting to me. It took 1.5 min for a 8x10 and about 45sec for 5x7. Using express digital darkroom we ran 4 printers to keep up to order speed, and it barely kepted it up if everything ran perfectly. After the years of abuse they are showing it and I had it. Just ordered a DNP ds40 for doing up to 6x9 prints to try it out. Flat knowable rates for preprint costs every time. I have not scene quality side by side yet as its not arrived, but I will soon.
Reality though is that people love prints of any quality. We used to look and tweek everything, perfect color etc, and for what, a whole lot of headache. We started letting a lot of the minor color shifts go and people never noticed or cared they just cared if they looked good and only complaints we really have ever gotten is "I don't look good, is that really me" from the more vain people, and occasionally a print gets scratched and that comes back. Prints are still popular as long as people don't have to do them their self.
I always hated dye sub color but most don't know better, just look at how many a adjustment park sells , I got one and was so happy I had that moment, but even when I was 18 I looked at the print quality as crap, but didn't complain... And that cost me $20 for a 5x7! And neither did anyone else off the 20+who purchased at the same time.
I am not saying its ok to always sacrifice quality but a photographers standards are almost always 3000times highr than john q public