Online Digital Photo Printing
Trying to google search a review gives me nothing worthwhile, nor recent.
Also, what about the processing time from when you order till when you have your prints in hand?
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Sorry, there's a whole trend about the crappiness of Futureshop online printing... should've pointed you to that one sooner.Xeros wrote: ↑Oct 14th, 2009 10:59 amWith no replies, I went with Kodak online printing and pick up at Future Shop. I ordered on Oct 7th, and it's still not here yet. It cost me $0.17 per print for 4x6s.
Apparently Future shop will call me when they get it. I received an email on Oct 8 saying it was shipped, and to expect it in 4-9 BUSINESS days... *sigh* so much for getting them quickly.
If I get them before the 20th of Oct, I'll be within their time frame.
Anyway, I need them rushed, so I went to Black's which says they can do it within a couple hours of receiving the order. They cost about $0.25 a print (pre-paid), but the quality of the photos were really good, and they didn't crop or colour my photos obscenely.
I'll post up the quality of the Kodak's when I get them.
Oct 22nd, 2009 2:44 pm
Oh man... You get what you pay for!
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Anecdotal evidence: of the large national chains, Black's seem to be the most consistent quality wise; colours are never too saturated or bland.
Dec 8th, 2009 10:58 pm
Do believe that you can turn off their "color optimization" setting for Kodak. You can also crop your photos (as you should) before your send them in. If they are the same ratio as the print you can get them without the boarder area. You wouldn't want any software or 3rd party to do the cropping anyhow. It does take some time but you'd get better prints.Xeros wrote: ↑Oct 22nd, 2009 2:44 pmOh man... You get what you pay for!
I got my Kodak pictures back today from pick up at Future Shop. I ordered on Oct 7th, received today Oct 22nd (probably could have got them yesterday or Tuesday earliest). Basically a turn around time of 2 weeks.
Some points about the photo package. The pictures arrived in a envelope that was then put into a thick cardboard envelope so that the pictures are safe from bending and damage.
That's about the only good point about it the Kodak service I can state.
The pictures are complete, all of them got processed on a matte finish with white borders. They did not crop much to fit the photos on the 4x6. The colours weren't processed too badly, but it seems like they have been brightened a little more than I would have liked.
The white borders are terrible. First, the borders are really thick, nearly 3x thicker in some places than the Black's photos. This reduces the picture size even more. Second the borders aren't even at all for nearly ALL of the pictures. The pictures all seem to have 2-5 degree tilt on the prints. Meaning in one corner the white border is thin, while the other end the border is huge!
Also, the paper they print the photos on feel particularly thin and paper like, whereas the Black's print feel heavier. Essentially, if I hold the Kodak print on one edge and a Black's print on the same edge and hold them both out, the Kodak print will sag or bend much more than Black's. The Black's photo use heavier stock and seem much more durable.
Basically, to sum it up, I don't think I'll ever go back to using Kodak anymore. While cheap at $0.17/print, Kodak takes a long time to get your pictures processed, they don't do an exceptional job, and the quality is lower.
I would not recommend this online printer if you value quality.