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Old Mar 21, 2005, 9:28 AM   #1
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HI all. I need a photo printer; my priorities are photo quality and longevity. I have a Canon i860, and while it makes BEAUTIFUL prints, I am concerned about fading. I am looking at the reviews, and I am thinking about purchasing the Epson Picture Mate or the Canon CP-300. (I considered the Hi Touch, but I want Pict Bridge compatibility, and the Hi Touch don't have that.) I really don't need the ability to print over 4 x 6 prints. Can anyone give me any advice on which one would be better for me, or do you have any other recommendations? Thanks!

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Old Mar 21, 2005, 11:39 AM   #2
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If you print on Canon pro paper and keep the prints in albums they aren't going to fade. They fade when displayed in bright light.

You are of a generation that doesn't think of the millions of zeros and ones that come from a digital camera as a long-term record of events. Future generations will think differently. If you want your great grandchildren to see your images exactly as you took them, get some Verbatim Data Life or Mitsumi Gold CDs and record them at something less than the full speed of your burner but no less than half of the full speed – the error rate tends to increase if you go too slow. Either of those will likely last a hundred years if stored in the dark. And before then they will likely be transferred to current.

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Old Mar 22, 2005, 8:19 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. Is light the only reason they would fade then? I put my pics in albums, but I spend time journaling about them, and adhere them to the page, so I would hate for them to fade. I know that the beauty of digital is that I can reprint them, but I wouldn't want to have to re-do the album pages--know what I mean? Anyway, you have got me rethinking this. I do love the quality of prints I am getting from my Canon i860.
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Old Mar 24, 2005, 4:15 AM   #4
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Do check out Hi-Ti 641PS which is Pictbridge compatible. I own a 640 PS and have tried CP-220, and 640 produces better colors.

You won't regret. If you're looking for a small printer, then the CPs are smaller. Satisfaction wise, Hi Ti's are second to none.

Good luck.

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