Sony SpectaPix Dye Sublimation Printer
Although ink jet photo printers
have been at the forefront of photographers' attention lately,
the requirements of professional print output still demand the qualities
only dye sublimation printing can achieve. In Sony's latest printer
for the professional market, the SpectaPix, improvements and refinements
over previous models make it ideally suited, even to the precise and
subtle reproduction expectations of quality portraiture. In addition,
the SpectaPix will produce self-laminated prints that are durable as
well as long lasting, and with several surface texture options, without
the hassle of changing media. In addition to the new SpectaPix (UP-D70A)
printer, new and improved media accompanies it offering greater print
resistance to wear and longevity, along with improved saturation and
color accuracy. This professionally competitive printer and media from
Sony are list priced at $6700, and media cost ranges letter size at
$1.86 to A4 Plus at $2.07 per sheet.
Printing With The Sony
SpectaPix UP-D70A. Sony sent along with the printer a package
of paper and ribbon, which I found will produce 100 prints. The first
I made was from an IT-8 color reference file which I had adjusted and
measured against Kodak's aim points so it was optimized as displayed
in Photoshop 5.02. This image was the subject of my first print. The resulting
print was as close to an exact visual match of an Ektacolor IT-8 reference
produced by Kodak as I've seen yet. This was an auspicious beginning,
and indicated if anything Sony was understating its claims for color accuracy
and quality as part of the SpectaPix performance capabilities.
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