Ok, so I came to a conclusion, that nobody would actually read a long text on Instagram, so here is a long text on my blog.
I saw an ad from Saal Digital on Instagram that offered 1400 CZK in coupons for prints in exchange for a short review on IG.
So here it is.
|Delivery speed:||5/5||considering it being shipped from Germany; it was here 8 days later|
|First look:||4/5||because of the lost detail in the shadows|
|Sharpness:||3/5||pretty damn unsharp when looked upon from 30cm, some were worse than others|
|Colors first look:||5/5||just because I didn’t have to do any test prints and have a shit monitor, the colors are super close to what I am seeing, this was my main concern|
|Colors overall:||4/5||slightly desaturated, a bit warmer than expected|
|lost detail in shadows slightly, but I would blame my monitor for that|
|PVC:||4/5||slightly warped, but it doesn’t matter at all|
|Price:||2/5||pretty costly (about 1400 for two 30x45cm prints and one 30×30), the cost is higher than normal photopaper mainly due to the PVC; but still high|
|Overall:||3/5||Pretty good quality for no test prints, biggest con is the sharpness|
As always my main concern when printing is, how are their monitors and printers color calibrated in comparison to mine, which can result in a very different print than what you are seeing on your monitor.
Thus I really like to be present for the printing and see some samples before committing to a large scale print. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy to pay for the samples, however, since this company is based in Germany, it would be complicated and
Verdict: I would say that it is slightly overpriced (1650 CZK for 3 prints; ¬200 shipping included), also you are giving up control by not overseeing the printing by yourself, thus any warranty is hard to claim since I live in Prague and they print it in Germany.
That said, the prints pleasantly surprised me, they are in a very good quality, except for the loss of detail in the shadows and a slightly warmer tone of 2 of the pictures which is probably my fault, since I was color grading on my laptop. The biggest disappointment was the sharpness, with which I have never had a problem in the past.
Disclaimer: The shots of the prints were not taken in studio lighting because I was a bit lazy, also I did not use a tripod, however the big sharpness/resolution difference is there. Also the colors are not representative the images are here just to prove the point for the sharpness.