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Up until recently, I had never tried Kodak paper. After all, there are several of cheaper brands, and I tend to be a bit of a skinflint. However, a recent promotion and a need for just a few more sheets of photo paper asap to finish my son's book led to me buying not one, but two packs of this paper. The first was the 60 sheet 4" x 6" package pictured above and the second was the exact same thing in A4 size since Argos had a buy one get one free offer and we decided some new photos for the walls would be nice as well. We also used Kodak ink for the pictures.
I never really had any complaints about my pictures before hand. I had been using both a cheaper ink and paper, but when we changed to the Kodak ink I noticed a clear improvement in quality. However, the biggest difference was changing the paper. I was printing up favourite photos to makes my sons ABC book and you can easily spot now exactly where we made the switch. The pictures are so much clearer, more detailed and vibrantly coloured. I accidentally printed up a few pictures that had already been printed with the old paper and laying them side by side the difference is unbelievable. It is like the difference between a cheap throw away a camera and a top of the line 35mm back in the old days of film. It is hard to believe both photos were taken with the same camera. I had thought there was justn't quite enough light for the first set of photos, but the ones printed with Kodak paper are so much brighter - even though they are of the exact same shot.
The Kodak paper is clearly superior once a picture is printed. But before printing, I have to admit the cheap stuff looks better. It is thicker and more glossy. Once the ink is on though, Kodak is wonderful - and it dries instantly as well - so no smears when the children grab up the photos as quick as they come through the printer. Another bonus is that it never jammed up on us, even with a lot of photos.
In addition to the prints for my son's ABC Book, we also printed up four 4" x6" and four 8" x10" prints to hang on the wall. We do have a few other professional printed photos on the wall - including one that cost me £80 several years ago from a professional photographer. To my surprise these pictures beat them all for colour, sharpness and detail. But this isn't even Kodak's best paper. This is classed as the bronze standard with 3 stars from Kodak for quality. Their premium by contrast has five stars. I really can not imagine any paper being better, but the price difference is not massive so I might try premium the next time I try enlargements. I will certainly be sticking to Kodak in the future for all photo printing. Now that I have seen the difference - I couldn't imagine using anything else.
I paid £5.99 for 60 sheets of Kodak 4" x 6" paper and got 20 sheets of 8" x 10" free. I do feel £5.99 would be a fair price for either. I don't print photos often, so when I do it is worth paying the extra for truly spectacular photos. Argos does still have this on special though, so it works out to just under £3 per pack which is a real bargain. If you can not get to Argos, Amazon offers either size for £5.99 including delivery and Tesco has the 4" x 6" packs at only £4.99.