Inkjet vs chemical prints

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farmersteve Contributing Member • Posts: 658
Re: Inkjet vs chemical prints

If you are just talking about having them printed for you by a lab, for color inkjet wins by a landslide in longevity and color range. You also have a much wider range of papers to choose from in the ink jet world. For lab black and white the edge goes to wet prints but it's really close. Longevity is slightly better or the same as pigment inkjet prints. The range of papers is far larger for inkjet.

I have an enlarger at home and occasionally make BW prints. It's amazing how fast you can crank out the prints compared to inkjet printers at home. Plus, it's far cheaper. If you add up a decent film camera + enlarger + developing equipment (all used of course) you are into BW printing for much less money than digital. Wet Color printing at home is very cumbersome and most people leave it to professionals.

So, if you want to do it at home, BW has a edge in cost and ease. Prints can be very good or better than inkjet. I wouldn't even tempt doing wet color at home. Inkjet color prints blow away wet color.

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