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Old May 11, 2004, 9:28 PM   #1
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I just received my Canon i9900, I printed some web pages for a trade show and they look pretty good, as the reviews have said, they really do "pop" compared to my Epson Photo 1200. So far I'm using up my Epson paper and plan on expierimenting further when I get some Canon paper, the question is what paper?

The online manual lists 4 papers that seem very similar -
Glossy Photo Paper GP-401
Photo Paper Pro PR-101
Photo Paper Pro PC-101S
Photo Paper Plus Glossy PP-101
There seems to be a lot of similarities between all these, and to avoid blowing a lot of paper and ink (i.e. money) I'm trying to decide which paper to go with, where I can stick with one and work on perfecting my prints.

I plan on using the printer in two capacities:

1) Printing photos off my digital camera ( a Minolta Dimage 7i, soon to be a Nikon D70), mostly vacation, usually in the islands, outside in bright light, and then some boudoir, inside, probably in low light conditions.

2) Outputting proofs of jobs for clients, usually of web sites, brochures, logos. Printing from a variety of programs like Photoshop, GoLive (Adobe Web program), Illistrator.

I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who would like to chime in, I realize I would be using two different papers, the photos I want to look as good as possible, and I want them to last, I don't want to look back at my 6 year olds pictures when I'm a grand father and not be able to see them. The out puts for proofing need to look good, but here the design is more important than the actual quality or longevity of the print. I can't imagine there's a huge difference in money between the papers for the photos, so I'd like to use what ever is best. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old Jun 9, 2004, 10:35 AM   #2
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I have been using my i960 printer, which is the smaller print sizeequivalent of the i9100, for about 8 months now. I've settled into just the Canon Photo Paper Pro, which is an outstanding paper. For prints foryourself that youwant to last as long as possibleI would use the makers best option, and with Canon that is Photo Paper Pro.

One question I have always had is regarding these sprays you see to "protect" the print. I've held off trying any of them, but for no reason. Has anyone had any experiences with Canon papers (Photo Pro mainly) and any certain brand of protective spray coatings?
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Old Jun 9, 2004, 11:38 AM   #3
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Photo Paper Pro is the paper of choice. I have seen it only in glossy and think the "S" involves a border. Not much of a choice if you like a satin or matte finish but Canon isn't big on paper.

With Canon paper and ink I would think the prints will last your lifetime as Canon advertises if you keep them in the dark and in the right holders. The spray Greg mentions is for display to try to extend the display life by cutting the UV that reaches the print. I've read it is hard to get it just right without dust landing on it before it dries for glossy. Fairly easy for matte – you end up with something similar to satin. UV glass is a better choice IMO. They will eventually fade on display regardless. Rather than mess with them I think it is easier to print another if one fades. UV spray is inappropriate for storage.

With digital most people don't think in terms of guarding their prints forever but of guarding the original images. Take care of those with redundant storage and how long the prints last is immaterial. You will be able to print a better one ten years from now anyway.
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Old Jun 28, 2004, 11:18 PM   #4
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I have also got a i9900 printer. Great printer. I have tried all the papers out there and spent the bucks. Bottom line the Ritz Camera Shop paper is the best yet. I buy their Pro photo paper. The results can't be beat. And I day I've tried them all from the cheap to the most expensive.

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