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 user 2006-10-04 at 11:08:00 am Views: 51
  • #16707

    Photos fade with cheap ink
    printers capable of producing brilliant prints are cheap. Unfortunately
    the materials needed to make them work are ruinously expensive.

    Epson, Hewlett-Packard and Lexmark all make printers capable of
    producing excellent prints and the hardware is remarkably affordable.
    However, buying the gadget is only the beginning of the shock to the
    credit card.Imaging’s Canon i9950 printer is a wonderful machine but it
    uses eight ink cartridges that cost $24 each. Genuine Canon paper is
    also expensive, particularly if you opt for the best Photo Paper Pro.
    And the story with Epson and Hewlett-Packard is much the same.It is
    understandable that the frugal photographer will be seduced by cheap
    third party ink cartridges and refills. We proceed on the cynical
    assumption that the printer makers are giving away the hardware in
    order to get us addicted to their ink and papers but we are not fooled.
    We’ll outsmart them by buying no-brand.It’s an appealing logic, but be
    warned. For a few years Epson ran a series of advertisements intended
    to scare their customers away from third party inks. With graphic
    photographic proof the company claimed that if any but their own
    genuine inks are used their printer heads would be ruined.

    There was widespread hooting at the self-serving alarmist advertisements. But what if it is true?Imaging
    can’t speak of Epson experience but we can report that third party inks
    wreaked havoc on the expensive printer heads of a Canon printer we
    owned. The heads clogged up and there was nothing we could do to clear
    them.When we checked with Canon they told us that use of third party
    inks does not void their warranty. They neither recommend nor warn. But
    our experience turned us off no-name inks forever.

    Now comes another persuasive reason for not using third party inks: prints made with them quite literally fade before your eyes.The
    Wilhelm Imaging Research Institute – the de facto standard setter for
    inkjet print longevity – has recently tested a range of alternative
    inks from the big office supply companies in the US. The house brand
    names are unfamiliar to us but presumably these inks come from the same
    source that supplies our third-party market.Wilhelm found that where,
    for instance, Hewlett-Packard inks used with HP Premium Plus Photo
    Paper produce prints that last 73 years under standard illumination,
    the cheap inks faded in five months or, at the most, six years. HP 95
    and 99 photo cartridges produce prints with a life expectancy of 108
    years. With the cheap inks the life of a print is 4.6 years at best.The
    disparities are just as startling for Canon and Epson printers. Wilhelm
    considers “the permanence of all the after-market products tested to be
    unsuitable for printing valued consumer photographs”.Sadly, we get what
    we pay for. And what we pay for when we buy genuine inks and papers is
    a total system where the chemistry and physics of all the components
    have been optimised to work together to produce the best results and
    protect the microscopic ink jets from damage.