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  • Zomoniac 14 Jan 2010 21:38:01 7,980 posts
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    Let's say a friend of mine who definitely isn't me is really vain, and wants to get some big(ish) (A3 maybe) prints of some of his better photos to frame and put on the wall. Let's say he's already tried Photobox and been disappointed with the quality, used Apple via iPhoto and been impressed with the quality but was frustrated by them only going up to A4, and is looking for a company that does really good quality prints (like mPix.com in the States apparently does). What you recommend my friend (who definitely isn't me) do?
  • Deleted user 14 January 2010 21:42:23
    I tend to use Jessops. I am sure there are better ones available which someone will mention, but I have had no problems with them.

    Not sure if they go that large on prints I did get a canvas about that size through them.

    The only time I got a print that size was through Boots and Photobox, and although that print was ok, in general like your "friend" I don't think much of them.

  • Retroid Moderator 14 Jan 2010 21:44:11 45,310 posts
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    Some day your prints will come.
  • UncleLou Moderator 14 Jan 2010 21:45:11 35,851 posts
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    Retroid wrote:
    Some day your prints will come.

    A genuine :D
  • henro_ben 14 Jan 2010 21:45:51 2,244 posts
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    Have a look around and see if you can find a local fine art printer who does giclee art prints. They'll do any size you want and the quality is top notch. Most will do small (A5) test prints to try out paper stock etc., usually for free.

    Pricey, but if you're only getting a few done it'll be worth it.
  • Maturin 14 Jan 2010 22:01:58 3,231 posts
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    After seeing it come top on the Gadget Show we've used Snapfish recently. We've been very pleased with the result - the pictures are much better than Photobox. There's more details and they aren't horribly dark. Colours excellent. Obviously not fine art quality - but the best we've had for regular prints having tried various companies.

    We've actually got an A3 print from Snapfish framed and on the wall.
  • Neverness 15 Jan 2010 16:38:54 1,186 posts
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    I genuinely cannot recommend Loxley Colour enough. OK so some things are very expensive but every print I have from them is fantastic quality to the point that I get addicted with ordering from them just to see how good shots look.

    I have used Snapfish (well Trueprint but they are the same), and Photobox and have never been that impressed.
  • Murbs 15 Jan 2010 16:42:26 22,586 posts
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    Tell your friend not to be so shy and to ask himself.

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    Oh.
  • Nth 16 Jan 2010 22:02:09 3,126 posts
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    Neverness wrote:
    I genuinely cannot recommend Loxley Colour enough. OK so some things are very expensive but every print I have from them is fantastic quality to the point that I get addicted with ordering from them just to see how good shots look.

    I have used Snapfish (well Trueprint but they are the same), and Photobox and have never been that impressed.
    I can't see prices anywhere on their site?
  • Neverness 17 Jan 2010 09:34:58 1,186 posts
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    It would appear that you have to log on to get the prices now, how strange.

    They do loads of products and you can download a full album design suite, but to give you an idea...

    6x4 - 0.58
    8x10 - 1.37
    A4 - 2.00
    A3 - 4.20
    50x30 - 105

    Delivery used to be 3, but haven't ordered anything for a couple of months. They do Gloss, lustre or metallic (extra) finishes and will also colour correct for no extra cost.
    When I tried them first I asked if I could have two copies of a print, one colour corrected and the other not, and they did it for free.
    Prints normally arrive next day or the day after.

    They are significantly more expensive that people like snapfish, and I must admit I have never been able to justify their canvas prices but having a nice camera makes me want the best prints.


  • Nth 17 Jan 2010 09:39:59 3,126 posts
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    Thanks for the info.
  • Neverness 17 Jan 2010 09:42:08 1,186 posts
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    Try them, order the same print at A4 or something from Loxley and Photobox/snapfish and I would be shocked if you aren't pleased with the result. The prints genuinly have a wow factor about them.
  • Nth 17 Jan 2010 09:55:37 3,126 posts
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    Will do. Wasn't impressed with recent photobox prints (always been pleased in the past) and have just ordered my 20 free prints from snapfish out of curiosity. I need a 20"x30" for the kitchen so need to make a decision.
  • Neverness 17 Jan 2010 10:11:40 1,186 posts
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    A 20x30 would be 13.49 plus delivery, just so you know.
  • Nth 1 Feb 2010 21:20:32 3,126 posts
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    Neverness wrote:
    A 20x30 would be 13.49 plus delivery, just so you know.
    Do they print decent sized panoramic photos do you know? Say 210 x 594 or longer. Epson no longer make their panoramic paper.
  • Neverness 2 Feb 2010 09:28:17 1,186 posts
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    I will check but am just off out.
  • Spin_Dr_Wolf 2 Feb 2010 09:39:05 6,170 posts
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    I have used these guys before, and was happy with the quality. They are based in Germany and use ground mail though, so if your in the UK delivery can be a bit slow.
  • Nth 2 Feb 2010 09:53:02 3,126 posts
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    Thanks Spin, looks good.
  • Neverness 2 Feb 2010 15:17:06 1,186 posts
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    Just had a quick look on Loxley and they dont seem to do the size you want, but emailing them is always an option I suppose.
  • Nth 2 Feb 2010 15:20:29 3,126 posts
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    OK thanks. I'm not sure what size I need yet as we haven't decided on frames (decorating our front room at the moment).
  • tincanrocket 2 Feb 2010 15:35:11 3,030 posts
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    This company here print onto canvas and provide framed large canvas prints at pretty reasonable prices. Not sure if they do private prints (they hold various museums' collections, including a couple that I work with), but might be an option?
  • Neverness 2 Feb 2010 15:41:39 1,186 posts
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    Nth wrote:
    OK thanks. I'm not sure what size I need yet as we haven't decided on frames (decorating our front room at the moment).

    Do you want a copy of Loxleys price list? I could always email it over to you if you like.
  • Nth 2 Feb 2010 17:13:12 3,126 posts
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    Neverness wrote:
    Nth wrote:
    OK thanks. I'm not sure what size I need yet as we haven't decided on frames (decorating our front room at the moment).

    Do you want a copy of Loxleys price list? I could always email it over to you if you like.
    That would be great. I'll DM you my email.
  • Nth 20 Feb 2010 09:12:18 3,126 posts
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    My 2 prints from Ilford have arrived and they look shit. Not happy.
  • Gartt 14 Sep 2010 11:17:27 1,849 posts
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    So where would people recommend ordering prints from currently?
  • Neverness 15 Sep 2010 11:07:14 1,186 posts
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    Loxley for all your printing needs! Awesome quality everytime.

    Or moo for a slightly weirder take on printing, but I doubt that is what you are after.
  • Neverness 16 Sep 2010 10:06:54 1,186 posts
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    10% off moo if you want it. WJCDJE
    Moo
  • Tremendosaurus 17 Jun 2011 10:14:02 1,197 posts
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    Is it wrong that even though I was fully aware this is the photography category I still read the title as "Ordering Pints"?

    /checks watch.. still not pint o'clock :(
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