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what ink to use on epson R1900

 
czynot
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Nov 25, 2010 21:54 |  #1

I just brought a Epson R1900 printer. I do not know if I should stick with Epson Ink or go with 3rd party CIS ink.
First what ink do this printer use (pigment or dye)?
2nd. what CIS is good? Closest color match to epson ink and reasonal price (under 200.00).
I am just confused with all the CIS systems and price range from 80.00ebay to 300.00.


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Nov 25, 2010 22:21 |  #2

I have a 1900 and think it is a great printer. It does like to drink ink fast. One thing to save ink is when one color runs out change it plus any others that are low at the same time. The reason is because when you change any it primes them all so those that were low now need to be replaced. Having said that I'm on my third set of ink and I'm getting ready to order an Inkjetfly Bigfoot CIS system and see how it goes. It costs less than two ink sets and has ten times the ink. I will use my spider print to create printer profiles for the ink.

To answer your question it uses pigment inks.

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Nov 26, 2010 00:22 |  #3

You might want to have a read on a thread I did on a CIS system on my r1800.

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=458729

After trying it, followed by a huge FAIL. I switched back to the epson inks and am soooooo much happier. You will never be able to replicate the exact same color, saturation and pop as with the epson inks. Yes they might be pricey but hey if you want the same results you gotta pay the price. Printing at home is going to run you much more then if you have a place like mpix.com, bayphoto.com adoramapix.com do the print and send it to you. But what I will say is that the waste bottle from the CIS system is a very useful thing. That allows the ink from when you do nozzle check to be dumped out into the little bottle outside of the print then you can dump it down the sink or wherever you feel is safe, that way the internal tank does not get filled and the printer has to be serviced and a new tank installed. Hope this helps you out.


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Nov 26, 2010 06:13 |  #4

Agree with S.E.V. In the light of my experiences with my old 1290 and CIS inks, I stick with Epson for the 1990.


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Nov 26, 2010 06:30 |  #5

Since experiencing massive clogging issues while using "reputable" third party inks on a previous Epson I stick with the real stuff, expensive as it is.

But I do search for the best deal online I can find because prices seem to vary dramatically.


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Nov 26, 2010 10:18 |  #6

I get lucky when I get my inks I live about 20min away from CanogaCamera and the epson r1800 inks sell for around $12.00 compared to officedepot which is around $15.00. But I not have to change them that often, for some reason the r1800 does not drink ink like crazy. I was able to print a ton of 13x19 prints along with a good amount a 4x6 and 5x7 prints before my inks needed changing. Also the clogging issues with the epson inks are very minimal. I think i didn't print for like three months and it never clogged, I did a head cleaning and nozzle check before I printed and it was fine.

Also the mess factor with the epson inks is ZERO as where the CIS systems run the rick of a leaky line or fail connection, once that happens forget it pigment ink is very very hard to clean!


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Nov 26, 2010 10:53 |  #7

Also... seeing that you just bought the printer... third party ink will usually void your warranty. You might want to wait until it's out of warranty, then shop around for alternatives.

Ink prices are absurd! I hope some day one of the manufacturers realizes the opportunity here... To woo away customers from others by offering a more cost efficient printer. There's really no reason that printers shouldn't be fitted with larger, less costly ink cartridges.


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Nov 26, 2010 11:58 |  #8

The problem is that consumer deskjet printer companies got into cutthroat competitive practices back in the mid-to-late '90s -- cheap printers flooding the markets and the business model became to either give the printers away or price them under cost or close to it -- anything to keep a market share. The profits came from ink, and that was about it.

On the higher-end printers you can get higher-volume more cost-efficient ink supplies, but for OEM inks you are still paying for research and development because of the pressure to make inks "better". third-party vendors don't operate with that pressure and business model, which is why they are cheaper and of questionable usefulness to "serious" photo printers.


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Nov 26, 2010 13:00 |  #9

Ink nowaday are getting smaller and smaller. I seen some HP ink tank size of my thumb and cost more than before. Everyone is correct. orginal ink maybe best for the printer but cost per page gone up so much that it is not worth printing it. I prefer pay 200.00 CIS ink tank and not worry about printing cost or ink low.
I used ebay CIS system on my 2200 for 1 year and no problem. Only thing I worry is that the ink will clog the head.
I also used ebay CIS on my RX580 for 2 yrs but it did clog the head. Who say epson ink wont clog the heads anyway. I dont care if 100.00 printer clogs up but I do care if 500.00 printer clogs.
It just that CIS ink system price range so widely, I am overwhelm. I would pay abit extra for branded CIS systems because of user feedback and close match to OEM ink. Every 3rd party Company saying their ink wont clog. But this is going to be pigment ink and they Will more likely to clog than dye.
I pinpointed down to inkrepublic or inkjetfly. They are not much more than ebay. Anyone used these ink before? and how they compare to OEM ink?


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