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Old Jan 19, 2004, 10:13 PM   #1
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Default Inkjet vs. chemical processing

Hi, Steve. I have a question for you or any of those who read these posts. I have been looking into buying a photo printer. However, I have heard that printers have the drawback of fading more quickly than chemically processed photos that one would receive from photo processor--whether your corner Ritz Camera or online offerings through Kodak, Snapfish, or other service. Could you possibly provide some insight into the advantages and disadvantages of getting one's photos printed versus doing it oneself? While the purpose of printing the photos is to put them in a photo album, and occasionally print for a frame, if my printed-at-home photos are going to fade and I'll need to reprint them every few years or so, the cost and trouble of having a photo printer increases dramatically. What do you think? What is the duration of inkjet prints? (I was thinking of getting the Canon i960.) Thanks.
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Old Jan 19, 2004, 11:07 PM   #2
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Depends on the chemical print type, and which ink in the inkjet.

I gave up on most chemical prints a while back. When I did the fade times for chemical were

Kodak paper about 25 years
IlfoChrome about 28 years
Fuji Crystal Archive 60 years

I hear that Kodak has given up research on chemical based process
I find it hard to find someone doing good Ilfochrome.
The fuji Crystal Archve is vary good and is used in a lot of places.

For inkjet it again depends on the brand those with dye inks tend to fade really fast. Though some dye ink manfacturers are claiming 25+ years. Inkjets with pigment inks are very stable and fade resistant.
The Epson 2000 claims a life of 200+ years on archival papers and the new epson 2200(and family) using ultrachrome inks claim up to 90 when output on the correct paper.

I believe pigment based inkjets are leaving the old toxic chemical processes in the dust so to speak.

(I do not include silver based B&W prints on fiber paper in my opinion they are extremly stable if processed correctly)
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