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Old 12-22-2014, 02:36 PM
 
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Hello, my HP photosmart 7550 printer has stopped working. It definitely did it's job for many years as a utility printer along with photo prints of 4"x6" mostly family pics. I don't use a pro camera. Most pics are actually from a phone. I think it's 16 mp camera.

Here are my two choices of printers.

Canon Pixma 8720 printer.

Canon PIXMA iP8720 Wireless Inkjet Photo Printer 8746B002 B&H


and Canon Pixma Pro 100

pixma pro 100 | B&H Photo Video


One would think the Pro 100 is better, but my concern is the amount of ink I would use with that printer. The Pro price is actually $75 LESS than the other printer. (Pro=$150 vs 8720=$225). I only really need it for 4x6 photos that don't have editing done to them. I will only be using this printer for photos as I have another all-in-one for other printing stuff.

I'm sure, if I had the opportunity, I would utilize the larger print modes, if I could, but that is not my intent. My main conern is sharp colorful pictures but also the ink cost would make a difference if it were double from one to the other. Any opinions? Thanks for reading.
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Old 12-29-2014, 11:16 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Best printer for regular 4x6 photos.
Guess it depends on how many you do.

I gave up printing pictures at home a few years ago. In 2011 I did 116 prints, 5x7 and 4x6 for a total of $26.15 through Costco. Email the images, same day printing most of the times and better than ink jets at home... I can have the prints mailed, or swing by quickly to pick them up. My wife has her own printers for her work.
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Old 12-31-2014, 12:50 PM
 
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Oh, I didn't realize I got replies. Thank you! I was expecting an E-mail notification of replies, but they never came. Sorry.

I ended up getting the Pixma pro 100. I may just use the good quality it produces. I am no pro certainly, but do like to print on the fly, and sometimes I may want one or two or sometimes 10 of a print, depnding on circumstances and how the picture may come out. Then I want the same pic in different sizes, etc... That is the main reason for printing at home.

I did end up getting the Pro 100 for $150, I just couldn't pass up the good deal. Yes, future ink will cost a bit, but hopefully be worth the extra print quality.

I've yet to receive the printer, but looking forward to it. I also got the Photoshop Elements 13. No idea what I'm doing but hope to learn to navigate it.

Thanks again.
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Old 12-31-2014, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Texas
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You will soon discover that the ink cost is about the same as the price of the printer, almost $140. The good is that you can get compatible ink from Meritline.com for about $32.
Meritline.com,canon pixma pro-100 ink cartridges
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Old 12-31-2014, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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4x6s are so cheap to print it probably won't make sense to get a printer. I've seen them for 10cents each at Walgreens. Once you factor in the printer, photo paper, ink, etc... it's probably cheaper to have them done
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Old 12-31-2014, 03:13 PM
 
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4x6s are so cheap to print it probably won't make sense to get a printer. I've seen them for 10cents each at Walgreens. Once you factor in the printer, photo paper, ink, etc... it's probably cheaper to have them done
I understand, and for some or most, it may be good, but personally, I like to print on the fly, so to speak. My kids have their friends over the house for the day, wether it's in the pool, or X-box dancing games, or just having kid fun. I like to snap a few action shots and print them for their parents when they come back to pick them up. Same goes for Birthday parties, get togethers, at home, etc... The parents love the pics as soon as they come at the end of the day. For me, it makes it worthwhile, but I totally understand the other reasons getting them printed elsewhere would work better. Also, like mentioned above, if a print comes out really nice, some family memebers want extras of them. So, I just print more on the spot. It's no big deal. Having said all that, I will say these are just ordinary camera phots without much editing etc... They're just fun family pics mostly, but I absolutley love the way they come out. I've been doing it for 10+ years mostly with the Photosmart printer. I recently tried the HP all-in-one and they looked horrible. This led me to purchase a better "photo" printer.... and I'm here today.

PS I've been burned with non oem ink before. I swore I wouldn't do it again, bu that meritline price looks great! lol. For now I'll stick to the oem until I get comfortable enough.

Thanks for all the help!
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Old 12-31-2014, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Candy Kingdom
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Guess it depends on how many you do.

I gave up printing pictures at home a few years ago. In 2011 I did 116 prints, 5x7 and 4x6 for a total of $26.15 through Costco. Email the images, same day printing most of the times and better than ink jets at home... I can have the prints mailed, or swing by quickly to pick them up. My wife has her own printers for her work.
This. We have a HP Photosmart and mom uses that printer. It does great, but I like getting my pictures developed - I use Snapfish, which is through HP. They do a great job and don't charge an arm and a leg. I think printer ink can be expensive.
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Old 12-31-2014, 07:42 PM
 
Location: NNJ
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I used to do a lot of printing.... even my own enlargements on a high end ink jet using archival quality materials.

Overtime, it became obvious that outsourcing that task to a quality service was far more cost effective; especially with my time. I've been pretty happy with mpix. For quick snapshots where the quality is less of a concern, the CVS down the street will have my prints ready within the hour after submitting my request online.
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