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mannybash

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Views : 1869  Jan 2, 2011 6:02pm

I'm looking for a lab that can produce archival quality digital prints
at a fairly reasonable cost but if it's necessary i will pay i do need to have
some idea of the prices around

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JohnDuder

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RE: Archival quality prints Jan 4, 2011 9:48am

This seems to be one of the great unasked (and usually unanswered, when someone does ask) questions.

Thanks for asking and answering, respectively!

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First_Studios

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RE: Archival quality prints Jan 4, 2011 9:59am

I don't know if this is true archival quality, but it should be longer that you'll care about.

This is the standard Photobox print standard.

"We use the highest quality FujiFilm Crystal Archive photographic paper, which produces prints that are guaranteed fade resistant for 150 years! Fuji boasts that their paper gives improved whiteness, combined with excellent highlight and shadow depth qualities, making it a great choice for all your printing requirements. "

Link: Photobox quality
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RedChecker

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RE: Archival quality prints Jan 4, 2011 10:04am

PHOTOBOX!!!! , you've got to be joking.







Take a look at the Wilhelm Imaging Research site, they are regarded as the world's leading authority on print logevity and may give some clues as to what to look for regarding papers and printing processes worth pursuing.

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mannybash

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RE: Archival quality prints Jan 5, 2011 2:42pm

The prints space looks quite good the prices reasonable and under daylight conditions the prints last about 40 years which is ok but i was hoping for a little better

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mannybash

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RE: Archival quality prints Jan 5, 2011 2:47pm

quoting post from RedChecker:

PHOTOBOX!!!! , you've got to be joking.







Take a look at the Wilhelm Imaging Research site, they are regarded as the world's leading authority on print logevity and may give some clues as to what to look for regarding papers and printing processes worth pursuing.


This is going to make for some interesting reading!

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AndyM

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RE: Archival quality prints Jan 5, 2011 4:35pm

I would imaging it would depend upon what lifespan you would expect from an archival quality print. These days, even prints from home and SOHO inkjet printers are supposedly guaranteed to last 100 years or more.

Obviously that figure drops if it's hung in direct sunlight or otherwise ill treated, but that's true of just about any print.

Trying not to assume too much here, I would expect the same sort of lifespan, or better, from professional labs like DS Colour labs and Loxley Colour.


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mannybash

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RE: Archival quality prints Jan 5, 2011 6:25pm

Yes loxley i've heard has been really good and reasonable i will check the other metro is a bit high £45 for an A3 exhibiton print i used to get ilfrochromes for about £12 from someone in the lake district but that's quite a while back now

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