RE: Dye Sublimation
by ranron - 4/8/06 7:46 PM
In Reply to: Dye Sublimation by Kutusov
First off, you cannot buy the ink and paper separately, because the paper is made especially for dye sublimation. Second off, the largest size you can expect the printers to print is postcard size (4 x 6 inches) due to the process of the printing (and postcard printouts take approximately a minute and half to print, so imagine letter size or tabloid --> impractical).
Here are some direct answers:
Q: Whats the biggest size of paper for those Canons [or any dye sublimation]?
A: Postcard (4 x 6 inches).
Q: That works with regular photopaper, right?
A: No, you would have difficult time getting the paper to fit in the printer.
Q: The ink comes with the paper so thats why you have to [buy] Canon paper, is that it?
A: You buy the bundle for your corresponding brand and model.
Q: Is [Canon] the only brand using this technology?
A: No, Sony also makes Dye Sublimation printers. In fact, I have a Sony Dye Sublimation (except I didn't know it was a dye sublimation printer when I bought it) printer myself from 5 years ago. Currently Sony makes the DPP-FP50 (Small, portable, no screen) and UP-CR10L (Big-24lbs, not-so-portable, 8-inch touch screen, faster-1 min for 4 x 6 inches).
So on final note, I would only recommend these printouts for the photos that you don't mind being small and want to last several generations. Instead of this, and since you have a 8-megapixel camera, you should seriously consider the Canon i9900 (if you don't have it already). I have a Canon EOS 20D and the printer prints up to 13 x 19 inches pages and the output is unbelievable. Plus if you do print postcard printout that you want charish for a lifetime, buy the best paper (Canon Photo Paper Plus Glossy). Also the ink is 8 individual colors (Red, Green, Yellow, Cyan, Magenta, Light/Photo Magenta, Light/Photo Cyan, Black), so replace colors that run out. Try not to buy the Dye Sublimation printers unless you want to trade slow print speed, expensive consumables, and small printouts for photos that last a long time, I would recommend an inkjet (i9900) that prints faster, cheaper, and still lasts very long.
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