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HP - almost all the way

by photobuff55 / March 22, 2006 1:37 AM PST

I scrapbook family photos (I have 8 family albums plus 2 albums for each of my four kids) so physical prints and their longevity are important to me. I have HP everything at home - 4 computers and 3 printers. If you can believe the manufacturer's hype, and I do realize it's one-sided by definition, using HP premium plus photo paper and one of their photo printers that uses their special grey photo ink will yield photos that will last as long or longer as the camera store prints - on average, 80-100 years. Obviously the jury's still out on that one, but I'm willing to give it a try and have printed many pictures at home with this combination. However, I recently discovered that it's very easy and basically the same price to order prints online. So I'm doing both. I bought a prepaid digiprint card from Ritz, and then I go to their website, upload my digital files, and order them to be picked up at the store nearest me. The only negative to this is the upload times can be very long. At home we have dial-up and it's impossible - it took 45 minutes for 3 pictures and I finally cancelled it; at work we have DSL and it takes about an hour to upload one batch. Ritz has maximums for uploading batches. I forget the exact details, but it's something like 40 pictures or 90 MG of files at a time, whichever comes first. But you can upload more than one batch to any given order. You can also order them to be shipped, but with so many stores in the area it's not worth the extra cost for shipping and wait for delivery. Anyway, the prints are every bit as nice as the ones I used to get from negatives. The stores will tell you their process lasts longer. As I said, the jury's out, so I print the everyday candids at home and use the camera store for the important stuff like Christmas.

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