Colour Your World With a Canon Laser Printer

It’s a well established fact that inkjet printers are far superior than their laser counterparts when it comes to critical photo printing. Those of you who have just recently discovered this blog, I am a freelance photographer who runs a small photo editing studio from home. I have two Canon A4 inkjet printers that are one or two generations apart. The PIXMA iP6700D is a few years old, quickly heading into obsolescence but still produces brilliant photos though I limit its use to DVD printing. Last year I added a Canon PIXMA MG6370 All-in-One for the other features the iP6700D can’t do notably high quality document scanning.

A few months ago, my 12 years old HP LaserJet 1200 laser printer died :’( and I found myself in the market for a replacement and an upgrade. Colour laser printers are a lot more affordable today compared to a decade back — I went all out to look for a unit that handled not just colour but also supported network and duplex printing at a price range I could afford. Sounded like a tall order except it’s not, and I found everything I needed in the Canon Laser Shot LBP7200Cdn and more. Yes, more — photo quality blew me away. Laser printers aren’t exactly known for handling images very well and this printer (perhaps other models too) prints exceptionally good images <3.

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Amazing photo quality: A two-page spread of a Men’s Fitness digital magazine printed in A4 size.

This printer is by far the easiest networked printers I have ever had to install over Local Area Network. I simply connected the printer to my Cisco router, ran the installer on two PCs and two laptops running both 32-bits and 64-bits Windows 7 including a PC that’s still running XP and printer detection had never been so straightforward.

Working from home this printer is now an indispensable addition to the office and at the same time a wonderful convenience for the children when it comes to school assignments and projects. On a month to month basis I scan and print a lot of documents, everything from bank transcripts, children’s school assignments, copies of personal IDs, customer invoicing (very few corporate clients allow electronic invoices), and printing them in colour adds much greater appeal than a black and white print. Both printers have their place in this studio and they complement each other nicely. This is not a product review but an experience I’m happy :) to share with regards to the choice of equipment I use.

The local Canon distributor in Brunei is Interhouse Company and they deserve a mention for looking after my photography and printing needs since I started my Jan Shim Photography business 10 years ago. Thank you! ;)

View of Brunei LNG and Brunei Methanol Plant from Top of Sungai Liang Hill

It’s been three weeks since I last driven to Bandar Seri Begawan. That also means it’s been the longest time I’ve stayed away from my favourite hills — Bukit Shahbandar. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working out. In fact, this week alone I exceeded my cardio workout with a record 13 sets of badminton and a few runs in the Sungai Liang forest. Yesterday afternoon, I returned to the Sungai Liang hills this time with my wife and we covered five hills to reach the peak that overlooks both Brunei LNG and Brunei Methanol Company plants. Previously I had only my S3 and images lacked details so this time I brought the G11 along this time, maybe 5D Mark III and a tele lens next time just to add some weight to the workout.

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3.6 kilometers is a good stretch to run several times a week to build and maintain stamina. The time recorded below reflects our slow hike stopping occasionally to admire the views and also a short chat with four mountain bikers we met on the same trail.

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Aerial View of Kuala Belait Town from 9th Floor of V Plaza Hotel

Updated: April 12, 2014 Reprocessed images to include additional shots from the park and monument adjacent to the hotel to produce an even wider panoramic shot of Kuala Belait.

I drove to Kuala Belait town on a whim this sunny morning not for the usual coffee meet-ups with my friends but with one purpose in mind — to capture an aerial view of my “KB” from the top of the V Plaza Hotel. I brought along my EOS 5D Mark III, EF 17-40mm, EF 24-70mm and EF 70-200mm, the widest and the longest lens had their share of sunshine on this almost windless day. The end result is a 3-piece stitched panoramic shot that required a fair bit of intelligence on the part of the software to align the elements.

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