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I AM VERY IMPRESSED
on August 23, 2013
I am a semi-pro-photographer and print lots of photos. I have tried various refillable cartridges over the years and numerous inks as well. Most were extremely off color or simply did not work well in some manner. Just before I purchased this ink I had printed a group of photos with my new printer using Genuine Epson ink. They were very nice photos that included some flowers on a medium green leaf cluster. The color was spectacular so I was a little concerned about buying ink with no reviews. I found some refillable cartridges here at Amazon and purchased this ink to fill them. I received the ink in 3 days which was great and the cartridges came the next day. I was completely out of ink so I filled the new cartridges with this ink and began to see if things worked as they should. The cartridges were recognized as non-Epson but allowed me to proceed after they warned me that my results could be terrible if I used the cartridge and ink. After numerous head cleanings the printer began to work as it had with the Epson cartridges. I started by printing 5 of the same photos I had printed with the genuine Epson cartridges. I wanted to compare how this inks color rendition compared with the Epson cartridges. I was astounded to see the photos I had just printed with this ink was actually better than those with the Epson ink. The leaves and the flowers were more realistic in their color rendition. They were vivid and closer to the actual colors of the flowers when compared with the original photos. The camera was an extremely high end camera and when color scans were made of the photos from the two inks, this ink came out closer to the original colors. I am very pleased with this ink and hope that it continues to work without a problem. I can assure you that the most important choice you make is you photo paper. I have used every brand on the market and have for the last 4 years used only two photo papers that produces perfect prints every time. This ink works flawlessly with those papers. I will continue to use it for my prints. Your results may vary as each brand and model of printer produces different quality prints. I have 4 printers but get the best results from my new Epson that I paid less than $50 dollars for. Cost is not always a criteria for better results, at least for me. If you purchase this ink I hope you get the same results with your printer (results may vary !!)
UPDATE: Just completed 10 (8x10) photos on photo canvas for entry in a State wide competition. This ink continues to produce amazing printouts. I ran into a small problem with the refillable cartridges. Even though they were full, the Epson software insisted 2 were empty. I removed them, refilled them, and completed the printing. I lost 1 print but the ink continued without a streak or blemish on the remaining 4 prints.
Update: 9-14-2013 Have printed about 150 photos ranging from 4x6 to 8x10 with great success. However, there are some problems that have now shown up.
1: make sure you print 1 photo 4x6 at least every week or the ink will stop flowing. It will take 2 or 3 head cleanings to bring the cartridge back to life. If you let it sit without printing something in COLOR for a month the printer will stop working. (not a cartridge problem) All these inks dry in the print heads at a higher rate than OEM inks.
2: you are probably asking yourself why I could print so many color photos with such success. A: do them in large batches B: the dot pitch is so great that any problems are generally insignificant. C: not allowing the printer to set for long periods without printing a color photo of some kind. D: watching the ink levels. The ink level indicators are completely useless, but I now know that.