One of the greatest benefits to digital photography is the immediacy of the image—the instant gratification. Almost instantaneously, you can check your camera's LCD and make sure you got the shot. Being able to offer prints to your customers on the spot can become a valuable additional revenue stream, a profitable new direction in which to grow your business. Some of the many events that cry out for onsite printing are weddings, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, proms, corporate events, sporting events, and team photo shoots. Dye-sublimation printers offer high image quality with the speed and mobility demanded by on-the-spot event photography. If you're thinking of adding on-location printing to your event or social photography offerings, read on for information on the latest dye-sub printers…
Eastman Kodak www.kodak.com/go/professional
At photokina, Eastman Kodak introduced the Kodak Professional 1400 Digital Photo Printer, capable of producing up to 8x12-inch thermal prints. Paper and ribbon are bundled in matched volume, and come in 25- and 50-sheet packs. Each sheet can print one 8x10 or 8x12, two 6x8 or 5x7, or four 4x6 prints per sheet. The printer offers a speed of 90 seconds per sheet with a 50-sheet paper capacity. Glossy and Matte finishes are available, and the printer can accept 8.5x12, 8.5x14, and A4 size papers. Other features include a high-speed USB 2.0 interface and drivers for Macintosh and Windows-based PCs.
Also offered by Kodak: the Kodak Professional 8500, Kodak Photo Printer 6800, and the Kodak Professional ML-500 Digital Photo Print System.HI-TOUCH 730PS
Hi-Touch Imaging Technologies www.hitouchimaging.com
Hi-Touch Imaging Technologies offers event photographers a variety of dye-sub printer models, including the HiTi 730PS and 730PL Photo Printers, for up to 6x8 borderless prints. Both dye-sub printers are lightweight and portable, with the ability to print without a computer. The printers offer 4x6, 5x7, and 6x8 printing at 45 seconds, 60 seconds, and 70 seconds, respectively. USB 2.0 connectivity and media card slots for a range of digital media make this printer versatile. The HiTi 730PS and 730PL are Macintosh and PC compatible. The printer's color LCD allows you to view images and perform a variety of image enhancements. The printers come with PhotoDesiree 2.0 software, which allows you to creatively enhance images with text.
Hi-Touch Imaging Technologies also offers the 730GALA with a flexible template function and the 640DL, as part of its full line of portable dye-sub printers.
ICI Imagedata – Olmec www.ici-imagedata.com
ICI Imagedata introduced the OP600 Photo Factory dye-sub printer at the Fall PMA show last month. The OP600 is a roll-fed printer with a capacity of up to 570, edge-to-edge prints, in a variety of formats, in as little as 13 seconds.
The printer features a USB 2.0 connection for high-speed data transfer and a built-in memory buffer for printing one image with the ability to receive data for the next image.
The company also offers the OP500 Series of roll-fed, dye-sub printers.
Kanematsu USA www.kanematsuusa.com
Kanematsu Digital Imaging Solutions Group (KG Digital) has added the S9045 Digital Dye-Sublimation Printer to its line. The S9045 is designed for portability. Kanematsu also offers a custom travel system designed to transport both the printer and extra media on location. Kanematsu's S9045 offers quick printing, at 19 seconds per 3.5x5. Other features include: USB 2.0 connectivity, enough memory for two images, so the printer can be printing one image while the next is being received, a self-loading paper system, and front panel access. The S9045 can produce prints from 3.5x5 up to 6x9 with a high capacity of 500 6x4 prints per roll.
The company also introduced the Shinko S1245 Digital Printer, capable of producing borderless 8x10 dye-sub prints, from roll paper.MITSUBISHI CP-9500DW
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics www.mitsubishi-imaging.com