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jersey ­ bob
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Dec 16, 2012 16:52 |  #1

All,
We all agree ink can be expensive. I just bought a Pixma pro 9000 MKII. I've seen postings on various forums which recommend refilling the ink cartridges. I know it would be best to use Canon's products, but is the refliing process a viable option. Does anyone have expereince with this?
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Dec 17, 2012 00:19 |  #2

A few hours late, but yes, there are a good number of folks here who use "Non-OEM" inks. I haven't kept up with the technology, though, and can't give you a specific recommendation. One person who I respect says he uses non-OEM inks for personal use happily but uses a lab for commercial clients. Your mileage may vary!


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Dec 17, 2012 07:40 |  #3

Ink is expensive? Well, on a high-output printer like one of the pro Epsons, ink is about 20¢ on a $4 sheet of fine art quality Super A3 paper; maybe the ratio is less extreme on a low volume printer (<100ml cart) and cheaper paper, but the paper is almost always the real money grubber.

In my opinion, the only reason to own a printer nowadays (just as processing your own photos vs. Kodak way back when) is to have full control of the process and to use premium media that Costco or a lab may not offer. Using refills of potentially unknown ink, or a CIS system, is kind of against the point of owning an inkjet.

But like Tony says, YMMV...


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Dec 17, 2012 10:31 |  #4

On my Epson R2880 I use Hahnelmules Torchon A3+ paper at £3.00 per sheet. Epson ink works out around £1.85 per sheet. Certainly less but not an insignificant cost. I wish it did come out at around 20 cents a sheet but sadly thats not reality for me.

To produce a fully framed and matted print ready for sale works out just under £16.50.


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Dec 17, 2012 11:36 |  #5

Actually, yeah, my math was way off lol, it's more like $1 worth of ink, but definitely not £1.85 though, that might be because the R2880 is a small-format printer... The big 200ml cartridges cost about $950 for a full set vs. $95 for a 2880 set, but even though they are 10x the price, they hold 20x the volume of ink, so twice as cheap. The x900 series of printers also use up to 10% less ink per sq. inch than the older x880 printers.

To produce a fully framed and matted print ready for sale works out just under £16.50.

Could be more, depending on the matting and frame used, but if you sell a print that cost £16.50 to make for over £100 you'll be getting at least some money back. But that depends on things like how much of a pretentious snob you are, local market, etc. For an especially large print, in a very nice frame, I could probably get away with charging $500 for that. Some photographers charge thousands because of good marketing.


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Dec 17, 2012 12:15 as a reply to  @ Kolor-Pikker's post |  #6

Use refills at your peril, it seems strange you have bought a good quality printer as want to use refills???

I would also go further to say, if you use "ICC" profiles, these are not designed to work with refilled ink.


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Dec 17, 2012 12:58 |  #7

Well, it's always possible to make your own profiles, but yes, the standard profiles when used with the manufacturer's own paper usually provide a good result.


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Dec 17, 2012 13:05 |  #8

Lowner wrote in post #15376973 (external link)
To produce a fully framed and matted print ready for sale works out just under £16.50.

Should have been clearer. Thats the real cost to me. I'm selling them from a small pub where the landlord is happy to charge no commission for either showing or selling them. I'm also very lucky to have found low cost suppliers of all the frames, pre-cut mattes etc.


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Dec 17, 2012 13:11 |  #9

For my Canon MG5320 I use the refill kit and auto-reset cartridges from Printer Filling Station. Good customer service and great product.

Each refill runs me about 25 cents(per tank) and prints me about 50 8x11 prints. Ink color matches OEM Canon Inks. Refilling takes about 5 mins. Saves me over $50 each time.


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Dec 18, 2012 05:32 |  #10

HP Photosmart (dye) ink in original 5.5ml cartridges comes very expensive.

I've been using generic cartridges from this seller for 4 years now. No difference that I can tell, except the 1/8 cost.

http://stores.ebay.co.​uk …si=1&_vc=1&_sid​=216895708 (external link)




  
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