The Kodak Professional 1400 Digital Photo Printer is an affordable 8 x 10-inch, color printer that's perfect for advanced amateurs, professional users and small labs. Priced at $499, the Kodak 1400 is the least expensive of Kodak's professional grade printers and within the budget of us "normal" folks. The Kodak 1400 produces consistent results using dry imaging technology so there's no worries of clogged heads or spilled ink.
Whether in a studio or on location for proofing or at home for final printing and displaying, the robust desktop printer produces one 8x12, one 8x10, two 6x8, two5x7 or four 4x6-inch photos per sheet, and the water-resistant photos last a lifetime. The Kodak Professional paper and ribbon consumables are bundled in matched volumes to provide optimum color density for every print, eliminating worries associated with low ink levels. Consumables—including paper available in 50- and 25-sheet packs—are priced competitively to similar offerings on the market.
Kodak Professional 1400 features include:
The Kodak Professional 1400 Digital Photo Printer carries a suggested U.S. list price of
$499 and is available now from authorized dealers of Kodak Professional
Thermal Printer products.
Kodak Professional 1400 Digital Photo Printer
"Best 8x10-inch Dye Sub printer $2499 or less"
Setup is simple: Press the big button to open the top, insert the ink ribbon
cartridge, close top, load paper in the tray, insert paper tray into front of
printer, attach the rear dust cover, connect power cord, plug in the USB cable
to the computer, load the software and away you go!
Kodak 1400 Consumables
Earlier Kodak thermal printers limited the single sheet size to 8.5 x 12 inches. By switching to a larger, universal paper tray for the 1400, photographers can print from either 12 or 14-inch media, consistent with the A4 size used internationally. Users can print four 4 x 6-inch prints per sheet, a true A4 image, or two 6 x 8-inch prints - the size offered in some wedding album formats.
The "street price" for these Print Kits is around $50 for the glossy or matte
25-sheet print packs, $90 for 50-sheet and $316 for a case (4 kits). So the cost
per print excluding the
price of the printer is as low as $1.58 per sheet.
If you've used an inkjet photo printer then I'm sure that you've been overwhelmed by the driver software choices. The Kodak 1400 like most dye-sub printers has a relatively simple set of driver options. If you use the same ribbon type then you probably won't even need to go into the driver.
The first page of driver options lets you specify the paper size, ribbon type and
whether or not to apply the Xtralife coating. Beats me why anyone would choose not
to apply the Xtralife coating, this is the UV resistant coating that makes the print
last like a real photograph. If you select the matte ribbon you can also vary the
"effect" with the slider control. Other options are for paper orientation, rotation
and mirroring, number of copies and scaling percentage. The image sharpness is
settable for High, Normal or Off.
Kodak includes a Calibration Utility with the printer that allows you to visually
calibrate the color output by printing a test sheet with numerous gray target squares
to compare. I found no need to fiddle with it as the printer was totally color
out of the box.
Also included in the software bundle is Kodak EasyShare 4.0 for Windows or Mac OS X including
Tiger. EASYSHARE Software gives you full control of your digital pictures. It makes
organizing, printing, sharing, and enhancing pictures simple and fun.
It also allows you to organize multiple images for printing on a single sheet.
It's been almost three years since we reviewed the Kodak Professional 8500 printer and given the time and competition from the Olympus P-440, the price has dropped from $999 to an affordable $499. Both printers will make an 8x10-inch print for less than $2, the P-440 is around $1.86 and the Kodak 1400 is about $1.58. The P-440 is limited to a maximum size of 8x10-inches whereas the Kodak 1400 can print up to 8x12-inches but lacks the P-440's standalone printing capability. The Kodak 1400 cranks out a print in less than 90 seconds, the P-440 is a little faster at 75 seconds. Both printers are dye diffusion thermal transfer process type and will make professional quality prints with the same permanence of traditional, wet-processed photo prints.
The Kodak 1400 is fairly large, measuring 9.4" x 30" x 17" (HxDxW) including the front
paper tray and the rear dust cover. There's no worry of it sliding off your table,
it weighs in at about 28 pounds and doesn't even shake when printing. As with
all dye-sub printers, the Kodak 1400 runs the paper in and out four times during the
printing process. The first three passes apply the color dyes and the fourth pass is
when the ExtraLife coating (glossy or matte) is applied. Because of all of the
mechanical paper transporting, the thermal head and cooling fan, the printer is
far from quiet, Kodak rates it at <60dB.
8x12" print showing the unprintable border areas (Photo credit NASA)
If you have a studio portrait business or you photograph weddings then I believe that this is what you're looking for in a cost-effective printer. It's fast and very consistent, the latter being more important than the first to most pros. Inkjet printers are OK for quick prints or proofs - when you're ready to step up to a "real" printer there's no alternative to a dye sub - unless of course you have a spare $25 grand for a Fuji Pictography! The Kodak 1400 is a great choice for anyone that seeks digital prints with the permanence of silver halide prints. With a price of around $500, it's very affordable and it says "Kodak Professional Paper" on the back of every print...
US visitors Ektatherm Print Kit Glossy for Professional 1400 Digital Photo Printer - 50 8.5x14" Paper and Ribbon
|Kodak 1400 Specifications|
|Printing technology||Thermal dye sublimation|
|Printing Resolution||Printing Resolution 301 dpi (continuous tone)|
|Maximum Image Size||Up to 8.27x12 inches|
|Print Speed||<90 seconds per sheet|
|Computer / Printer Interface||USB 1.1 and 2.0|
|Printer Drivers||Windows 2000/ XP OS, MAC OSX 10.2 or later|
|Receiver Format / Sizes||Cut Sheet: 8.5x12, 8.5x14 and A4|
|Overcoat Options||Glossy and Matte (user selected ribbon type)
8.5x14 - Glossy only
|Media Capacity||50 Sheets Paper, 50 Picture Units Ribbon|
|Printer Size (with paper tray and dust cover)||H 9.4" x L 30" x W 17"
H 24cm x L 76.8cm x W 43cm
|Printer Weight||28 lbs (12.7 kg)|
|Dust Prevention||Rear Tray|
|Maximum Sound Levels, Printing and Idle||Less than 60dB, 50dB|
|Operating Temperature||15°C - 30°C (59°F - 86°F)|
|Relative Humidity||10% - 85%|
|Power||Universal 100v - 240v
+/- 10% and 50/60 Hz
|Regulatory and Compliance|
|Emissions||FCC class B and worldwide equivalents|
|Safety||UL, CSA, TUV, CE, and worldwide equivalents|
(Specifications as represented by the manufacturer)
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