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  1. Will do. The message facility doesn’t work any more on here but I found your email on your website.
  2. The big pro labs tend to be very good for colour management and they are not expensive. For example, Loxley have very detailed instructions and provide ICC profiles. They also give a free set of test prints when you sign up. You have the option of getting them to do the colour management or not (you do it). With their test prints I found that there was no visible difference between my colour managed ones and theirs. A major benefit of home printing is what you learn about colour management including the brightness of the monitor. Most monitors are set ridiculously bright in the f
  3. Yes it sounds like a great way of making money. I've thought about it but I think a lot of it is sewn up already with events companies and the like. I might consider it seriously in the future.
  4. These are dye sub printers - a technology specifically for printing large quantities of images very quickly at events such as graduations or any event where people might buy prints on the spot. The general term is event photography so not really home printing although the printers could be used for that obviously. However, the max print sizes are usually pretty small from these printers and the quality and longevity of the prints is not supposed to be as good as prints from pigment inks from quality inkjets. I have never used one so can't speak firsthand but they are unlikely to be what you a
  5. I could turn the question on its head and say why not make your own prints? Why go to all the trouble of taking and processing pictures and then only ever viewing them on a screen, particularly as I know a lot of people only ever see their work on low end screens despite using high end cameras and lenses? For me, making prints is part of the whole photographic process and has been ever since I had my first darkroom many years ago.. The magic feeling of seeing my first print appearing in a tray of developer was quite an experience. These days I love the tangible feeling of having a new
  6. As far as prosumer photo quality printers are concerned there are really only two brands of inkjet on the market: Canon and Epson. I am more familiar with Epson but it looks to me like Canon are no longer making the Canon Pixma Pro-100 or Canon Pixma Pro-100S so if you want an 8 colour or more printer (best for quality) you are looking at either the Canon Pixma Pro-200 or the Canon PRO-300 in the US (going by the B&H website). The only Epson printer in that range is the SC-P700 which is the new version of the SC-P600 (excellent printer). The cheaper printers seem to be all 6 co
  7. My Epson SC-P600 is amazing in that regard - it has never clogged and hardly ever does a big auto clean thing except when I go from photo black to matte black inks (the annoying thing with a lot of Epson printers). I printed from it earlier having not used it for about 6 weeks and it printed perfectly with no loss of ink from cleaning. The Canon 9000 I used to have would waste loads of ink cleaning itself. But as I said above that was an older generation and maybe the new ones are better.
  8. Absolutely agree. Invaluable resource for info on printers and other things photographic.
  9. The problem with deciding on a printer in this way is that you probably will not get an objective user review as very few users will have two equivalent printers from Canon and Epson. So, for example, I have owned both but the Canon was from 2008 and the Epson from 2015 and the Epson is far better but I am comparing it with an older Canon so it is an unfair comparison. You will also find personal bias towards a particular brand which is not helpful. The things you need to think about are how much printing are you intending to do, what maximum size of print, what is the cost of ink (major cons
  10. I wouldn't put cheapo inks in a quality printer. I would consider using 3rd party inks by a company that specialises in photographic printing such as Permajet but you need to have the right printer and be making a lot of prints. I use the Epson own inks for the amount I print - expensive but beautiful quality. If I spend time and energy calibrating a printer setup then I won't want to change it by using different inks. Printing is the real test of good colour management. Tell the difference is very subjective. Skin tone is one of the real tests for tell the difference as well as b
  11. OK I wasn’t advocating breaking lockdown regulations which seem to be stricter or at least more precise in Wales as to what is and is not permitted. I know some contributors here would argue that they are working when out shooting stock but that might not hold up too well if confronted by the police unless one is regularly shooting news professionally -a bit of a grey area it seems. Anyway I think this situation with the Welsh ports might be an ongoing one though so might be worth keeping in mind when lockdown ends. In relation to your original post, you were probably v
  12. How about images illustrating Brexit-related difficulties around the Welsh ports You seem to be close to Pembroke. A lot of the focus has been in Dover but the link above highlights serious problems for the Welsh ports and local businesses.
  13. It was the case that the lower end lenses were made in Thailand and they were plastic but, as you say, they could be optically very good. It may be the same 50mm lens as you are talking about but the first Nikon lens I bought when I switched from Olympus SLRs was a plastic Nikkor 50mm 1.8D which was really cheap but optically incredibly good. Build quality was not great of course. The new ones for the Z series are much more solid.
  14. I don't think Nikon is in a tenuous position. The company is consolidating its manufacturing for efficiency and there is no indication that there is or will be a drop in standards of Nikon products made in Thailand. In the past they may have made the higher end products in Japan but, if they move manufacturing of higher end products to Thailand, it doesn't mean that they will suddenly start putting out inferior products. That would be economic insanity and is an extremely unlikely scenario. I can't argue about good or bad bokeh but people who know their bokeh have been raving abo
  15. It is nothing to be concerned about. If the catalog can't find the images then you simply point it back to the images. It will depend on whether you move the catalog onto your new drive C or keep it on drive D but basically it is a simple operation. If you have any problem, I am happy to help but it should not be necessary.
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