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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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Professional photo printers for the fine art of printmaking

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The iconic Ansel Adams once said, "The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance." Though the technology of photographic capture and printmaking has radically changed in the time since, the sentiment is as applicable today—maybe even more so—than in Adams' day. More people are taking more photographs and sharing them more widely than ever before.

We're inundated with images on social media, but the nature of such sharing is transient. Nothing elevates a photograph out of the torrent of easily forgotten images like a fine-art print.

Printmaking is an art form unto itself, and just as with the taking of photographs, the equipment you choose will make a big difference in the final result. While most modern printers can produce reasonably good photographic prints, for the finest quality—prints that will last a lifetime—a dedicated photo printer is well worth the investment. All of the printers featured here will let you make impressive 13x19-inch prints (or even larger), ideal for framing.


MOST INKS

CANON PIXMA PRO-1

Max Width: 13 inches
Roll Paper-Compatible: No
Number of Inks: 12
Monochrome Inks: 5
Ink Type: Pigment
Minimum Droplet Size: 4 picoliters
8x10 Print Speed: 2:10
Dimensions (WxDxH): 27.4x18.2x9.5 inches
Estimated Street Price: $999


CANON PIXMA PRO-10

Max Width: 13 inches
Roll Paper-Compatible: No
Number of Inks: 10
Monochrome Inks: 3
Ink Type: Pigment
Minimum Droplet Size: 4 picoliters
8x10 Print Speed: 3:35
Dimensions (WxDxH): 27.2x15.2x8.5 inches
Estimated Street Price: $699

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