DSLR users: Do you print your photos


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pascalc

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Hi DSLR users,

Wondering if you print your photos
1)at shops;
2)yourselves;
3)not at all - store and exhibit digitally
 

ckiang

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For me, if I need one-off ~8R prints, I inkjet them using my Epson printer. For weddings and events and other cases where I need big quantity of 4Rs, I send it off to the labs.

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CK
 

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Hi all,
for digital print, any different for neighbour labs vs those pro-lab like konata etc ? i know film do have a lot diff after i send the same neg to diff lab, how about digital ?
 

Kit

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As with film....... the main(and probably the most important) difference between good labs and neighbourhood labs is consistency.
 

ckiang

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spider said:
Hi all,
for digital print, any different for neighbour labs vs those pro-lab like konata etc ? i know film do have a lot diff after i send the same neg to diff lab, how about digital ?
Yes, there is a difference. Like kit say, consistency is one. Neighbourhood labs may not be consistently good. So if the shots are important to you, then send them off to a good lab. Remember that you've already spent a lot of money in your equipment, and a lot of time and effort and creating your masterpieces, so why stinge on the final output? :)

Of coz, if they are just casual snaps of friends, etc and your main objective is just to give them a copy of the print and they couldn't care less, then the lab doesn't matter.

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i usually send my 4R prints to the lab.
and like what the others said, consistency is the key-word.
my sis tried to send to neighbourhood labs, and for the same set of photos, there can be some which are quite greenish, some ok-ok..
so from then on, she send to e-color at balastier point for printing. and she's usually charged $0.30 per piece for big quantity. Which is very cheap!
 

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if i get digital then i will print my own photos to cut the hassle from the lab
 

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for me, i send my batches of prints to the shop around my place - i wont say they're fantastic or the exact opposite - but then again, i have never tried a prolab, and so i can't impose such a judgement. but i must admit that it's a pleasure to pop by the store where the staff will yak and chat with me. main concern for me is the cost-effectiveness and a bit of convenience. i'm not a prophotog, so i can't be toooo bothered to running off to town to send in prints, and collect them on another day from town - i'd be running myself into the ground if i did that!

if a person asked me if i print my own photos or via a lab, i'll say i dont print my shots myself - partly i dont fancy buying a high end printer, and topping off the expenditure lists (aka ink) and high grade paper, and more importantly, "experimental wasted" prints + ink. and not forgetting i haven't ever calibrated my AOC monitor, which would likely be a waste of $$$ and time. the economies of scale works very well for the shop, why should i bother myself with the consumables, when i can selectively print from the almost 30K shots on my hard disk? :)
 

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i do post production at home. and print at my regular shop. they print straight from my file without any adjustments.
 

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Thanks for all your replies!

Currently using FM2 and F60. Gonna sell the latter for a F80 in 6mths.

Im thinking of getting a DSLR perhaps next year...

Cheers!
 

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