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Old 06-01-2009, 14:11   #1 (permalink)
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i want to print out photos at home but have no idea what is the best paper or printer to use for professional quality photos . i have made myself dizzy with researching printers and paper and still have no idea where to start. i am interested in doing prints on location and have looked into a mobile printer by canon but i was just wondering if anyone could pass on some advice?
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Re: good printer and photo paper

I have a Canon i9950 (A3+) which is no longer a current model, but there at least two new A3+ models in the Canon range. I've had no trouble with it over the last three years, and the running costs are reasonable.

This afternoon I switched it on for the first time in 4 months to print out a photo, and it worked straight away with no nozzle blockages.

If you don't want to go above A4 size and would like the versatility of a printer/scanner/copier, the Canon MP610 produces good photo prints.

The paper I've been happiest with is Ilford Galerie Smooth Gloss - available at very reasonable cost from 7dayshop and elsewhere.
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Re: good printer and photo paper

You will find that people will be fans of the various printers just as they are with cameras. I'm also a Canon fan, and my old i560 is now around five years old (or more) and still gives good results.

The most common printer is the A4. A3+ models are very big in comparison, so if you want to go this size, make sure you can accommodate the printer.

Another thing to remember is that home printing is invariably more expensive than commercial printers, and can also be quite difficult to get right.

Canon also have good papers as well as the independant makers.
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Re: good printer and photo paper

I use a Canon ip4500 and am very pleased with the quality of the prints.
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I use a Canon IP4300 and it give good results and is reasonably cheap to run.
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Re: good printer and photo paper

I am a Canon IP4500 user and very happy with the results it gives.

As has already been said though, using commercial printers is usually a lot cheaper if you don't need your prints instantly.
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