Richards right, most of these do use the same Fuji Frontier machines for 4x6-8x12. Al Ritz/Wolf and CVS and Walgreens use these machines.|
Where the difference/problems come in is operator. At Wolf/Ritz, they have trained people working these machines. At Walgreens, some care and try, others are just your typical tennage thug from around the corner thats just there to earn a $150 paycheck every week. They dont know or care about it being Calibrated and they always seem to click the "adjust" button....you know because they click it on theirs when they do their personal prints(which need it)
I have and still do use a particular Walgreens store when in a pinch, and when the girl that normally works is there, I get the same quality I get from Wolf. Perfect(if my image is perfect).
The difference, she always calibrates the machine when she changes Print cartridges(seen her do it many times) and she never clicks the "adjustment image" button.
As long as your monitor is calibrated, and you send sRGB jpegs to a lab that trys just a little to keep their machines in tune, you'll be good.
When you go in to these stores, you'll spot immediatley which to use and which to just *run* not walk away from.