One of my assignments at the National Museum of Japan was to recommend what equipment and what software was most appropriate to handle the approximately 10,000 FLAAR color slides
which are in the slide Library of this museum in Osaka.

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The most beautiful color dye-sub output we have seen so far is from Kodak, the 8650 series.

It was crucial to select a good printer, so I asked around. Two different people each independently recommended the Kodak dye sub, model 8600 at that time (1995). Current models (1999) are the Digital Science 8650, Professional 8657, and top of the line Professional 8670.
Kodak stand at tradeshow
Kodak booth at tradeshow

After I recommended the Kodak dye sub printer the Japanese museum bought two. I got to use one of them for a month. It was great, the color was incredible. If you have the money, if you need dye sub (continuous tone rather than dots) then you cannot go wrong with the Kodak.

I also used a Seiko but I believe it was set on thermal wax. The prints were good but not as flawless as the Kodak. Probably if the Seiko were put in dye sub mode it would have produced output as good as the Kodak with the special dye sub inks.

The most economical dye sub printer is by Alps. Next comes Fargo, then there is a big jump in price to the $8000 price level, with QMwS, NewGen, Tektronix, Codonics, and a host of other professional prepress color printers.

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