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Life Expectancy and Cost

The charts show the cost and life expectancy of different image options. Where 4 is the highest cost or life expectancy and 1 is the lowest. 

Process 

Cost 

Professional Digital Prints 

Black and White Silver 

Color Film 

Home PC Digital Prints 


If you use the Epson Archival printer, paper and inks, the Home PC prints jump up to more than B&W silver. If may surprise you that Black and White costs more than color. Black and White uses silver for the image whereas color prints use inks.

Process 

Life 

Black and White Silver 

Color Film 

Professional Digital Prints

Home PC Digital Prints 

1


It is interesting that the quality of the final product is ranked the same as the life expectancy.
Without a doubt Black and White prints using silver last the longest. They are the only print medium with a proven record lasting over 100 years. Color prints are made with inks and sometimes dyes and they do fade over time. Some modern digital printer manufactures claim long life span but have no track record. Digital inks are no different than those used in other media like fine art color printing. CD ROMs are used to record photographs with claims of permanence. CDs do in fact corrode over time if not kept in dry air. Also, they are already being replaced with newer better storage. In 50 years there may be no way to play back a CD ROM as things change quickly in the computer world.

 

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