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Getting prints from slides?

J Lochner , Sep 25, 2005; 08:28 a.m.

I have a question...

What are my options for getting quality prints from slides? By quality, I mean I want them to look at least as good as prints from color negative film. I did a google search and found cibachrome/ilfochrome but that's just stupid expensive. Any other options?



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Steve Levine , Sep 25, 2005; 08:37 a.m.

Lightjet is the best, but cost more than ciba/ilfo.

J Lochner , Sep 25, 2005; 08:52 a.m.


So lightjet is the best, eh? I just looked on my schools photo services site...they do light jet prints from slides. $16 for the first one, $3.60 additional for 2-3, $2.20 additiona for 4-9, and $1.70 additional for 10+.

I guess as long as I'm very discriminating about which slides I want printed, I can swing that sorta dough. Is there a place with better prices?

Are there any other quality options besides lightjet and ciba/ilfo?


Ravi Swamy , Sep 25, 2005; 08:55 a.m.

Take them to the same lab you use for prints. Almost all minilab equipment scans your negatives and then prints digitally. They can usually scan a slide just as easily. I go to a pro lab that has a Fuji Frontier to get it done and get great 8x12's for $7 from a 35mm slide. Of course Walmart has the same machine and can do it cheaper but the machine is run by idiots so the quality looks like crap.

You could also buy a scanner and then give digital files to your lab so that you have more control over the final image.

If you want the absolute best quality then get a drumscan and print it with a Lightjet but that could easily be $100 for a large print.

Scott Levine , Sep 25, 2005; 09:06 a.m.

Dorian Color in Arlington MA. They scan your chrome and print on RA-4 paper. Results are excellent. It's a commercial lab so don't expect to see CVS prices.

Jonathan Lowe , Sep 25, 2005; 09:49 a.m.

i work in a lab wit the fuji frontier 570. fuji frontier machines only accept slide if your lab uses the optional film carrier which aren't overly expensive (our store doesnt have one).

We dont get that many requests to print from slides but we do scan using a flatbed then print on the frontier, not much colour correction can be done but for our type of customer...its enough.

Bill B , Sep 25, 2005; 10:03 a.m.

Are internegatives still made from slides? You would print from them as you would with any other negative. I do not know if scanning has made internegatives obsolete or if they still serve some purpose.


Jean-Baptiste Queru , Sep 25, 2005; 10:13 a.m.

Frontiers (and probably other similar machines) can print from slides. It's best if you have you film unmounted and in strips of 4 (or possibly entirely uncut, not sure).

Ilkka Nissila , Sep 25, 2005; 10:32 a.m.

Internegatives produce great color and beautiful tonality but in my experience some sharpness is lost.

You're kidding about "I want them to look at least as good as prints from color negative film," right? This may not turn out to be as easy as it is to say.

My preference is to scan at home and print on an Epson inkjet. 120 slides I have lab scans made of. These cost in the range of $25-$50 per image. The resulting prints can be very good. Prints from color negative film look different. In many subjects, it's unlikely that you will get a better print from slide than color neg, but nature subjects are an exception IMO.

Mike Buckles , Sep 25, 2005; 11:17 a.m.

"theslideprinter.com" does a good job making prints from slides, and they're very reasonably priced. I've never had anything larger done by them than a 4X6, so if you're looking for larger, art-type prints to display, a prolab might be best, but for smaller prints, theslideprinter.com does a great job!

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