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From: "Joel Wilcox" <jfwilcox@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, March 27, 2006 3:26 PM
Subject: [OM] Re: OT: Epson 1280 Printer Question
> On 3/27/06, Tom Scales <tscales@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> >> What I'd like to know is whether anyone has the 1280 (or 1270) and
>> >> prints with OEM inks on Ilford papers?
>> Why don't you want to use pigments? I think you're making a mistake.
> Why do you like pigments? Is the result superior to dyes? The
> general notion is that when pigments are really good they're almost as
> good as dyes. You will have noted that I haven't bought a printer for
> a while, so I realize that this could be old news. I know that Epson
> has brought pigments a long, long way.
> The main reason I like dyes is that they work extremely well with
> Ilford Classic Glossy paper, my favorite, and that's a very stable
> combination, so I'm not especially swayed by archival claims made for
> pigments. Secondly, there are many different non-OEM dye ink sets
> from which to choose, and hacks for the 1280 are easy. Fits my
> parsimonious Yankee lifestyle.
> Joel W.
I don't use the Ilford papers, as I find that Epson's paper line is quite
good and there are many choices -- all optimized to their printers. That
said, the results difference between the two technologies are so close that
I cannot see a difference.
And the pigments last forever. The dyes don't. In fact, the 1280 can
suffer from the dreaded orange shift in certain locales in just months.
I'd suggest a used 4000 or even a 7600. You can get great deals. A 7600
for under $1000 would be fantastic. The ink costs is dramatically lower
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