Platinum Printer Member
- Apr 19, 2007
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- Canon MB5120, Pencil
Avoid third party CISS systems for Canon printers. They will be a PITA and more likely to fail on you.third party CISS
Is this for OEM Canon cartridges or aftermarket cartridges and for which Canon printer?One set of 5 OEM cartridges is roughly 6-10 pounds
General comments that need to be considered in the context of what YOU want out of your printer, not what I want from my printer:
- A Black Pigment ink cartridge provides the best text printing, with deeper blacks, sharper resolutions of the font, and water resistance such as to smearing with a highlighter or on mail/package labels. Dye-based Black cannot compete when it comes to text. It may be sufficient for you, but you may wish later on you had Pigment Black for text if that is a significant amount of what you print.
- Dye-based inks may show a little more color "pop" to the eye depending on paper and your technique.
- Only OEM Dye-based inks have the potential for excellent longevity/archival/color fastness over time. NO aftermarket dye-based inks compare. Not even close. With the money savings on aftermarket inks you might not care since you can just print another image.
- Pigment inks also have excellent archival properties, including OEM and high quality aftermarket inks. Beware that just because someone states they sell an aftermarket ink or cartridge replacement for your Pigment ink printer it does not mean they perform as the amount of pigment particles may be less or even none.
- If you use an aftermarket ink refill or cartridge then you may need to either tweak the color settings in the printer OR obtain/make a custom ICC Printer Profile in order to have good color fidelity in the print. An ICC Printer Profile is a software driver that tells the printer how to adjust its internal settings for a SPECIFIC COMBINATION of printer, paper and ink. Change any one of these three components and color fidelity may be off and you may need to repeat the process.
- ICC Printer Profiles is a factor you may never need to consider. You can purchase them, they can be free, or you might spend money on equipment to do them yourself. If your prints are pleasing to your eye then no worries - happiness obtained. If your prints are not satisfying colors then you can either return to using OEM inks and OEM papers, tweak the color settings in your printer software, or, you can get into the more advanced nuts and bolts of color management, including ICC Printer Profiles, a world unto itself that can be as detailed as you want to go. Again, this may never be a factor for you, but thought I would preview the topic.
- Depending on what printer you buy, the forum may be able to help you with where to purchase high qualkity aftermarket inks. In North America, take a look at Precision Colors. In Europe, take a look at OctoInkjet. The owners of these etailors are forum members and their products are considered high quality. There are other bulk ink or aftermarket cartridges sellers that forum members use with excellent effect.