Quote Originally Posted by roteague
Sorry Luke, but I beg to differ. Scanned images printed on a traditional photographic paper like Fuji Crystal Archive or Ilfochrome paper are indistinguishable from those printed under an enlarger on the same paper. It all depends upon the quality of the scan. I do it, and I know many other color landscape photographers who do it as well.
Hear hear. Nothing wrong with the digital labs per se, but just like in the analog world you have to find someone that knows what they are doing and cares about their product. We use a Noritsu system here and the print quality consistency has gone way up. In fact in the hands of an operator that knows what they are doing, they have much more control than they did with a traditional minilab machine. The trick, as always, is finding someone that knows what they are doing...