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Dye and Pigment ink for Epsons printers

Discussion in 'Non OEM Ink & Cartridge Suppliers' started by bert01980, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. Oct 26, 2016
    bert01980

    bert01980 Printing Apprentice

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    Hello to everyone,

    sorry for my bad english ..
    I have one Epson Stylus Photo 1400 and to pick up a PRO 3880

    I read various discussions about (with the help of Ink Stained Fingers ---> Thanks) but I do not have clear ideas
    so if you can kindly help me I would be grateful:
    1) what do you think is the best ink non-OEM for the 1400 ?
    2) it is advisable in terms of quality convert the 3880 in DYE?
    3) which ink pigments (always non-OEM) and cartridges , do I recommend

    thanks to any information about
    Roberto
     
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    Ink stained Fingers

    Ink stained Fingers Printer Master

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    hello,

    there is not one best ink for a printer - it all depends what you want to achieve - do you want to print sales posters or photos for an exhibition ? Which paper(s) are you planning to use - what is the purpose of your prints - are they exposed to the sun for an extended period ? Or is the cost of consumables your prime concern ? It's this type of considerations which will guide you to the right choices - so why would you run dye inks on the 3880 - because they are cheap ? or ? It is upfront not a 'quality' issue .
     
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    Hello and thanks for the reply ... you're always very kind

    I need first of all, the quality, and then, if possible, durability ...
    I print on semi-gloss and matte papers...little on glossy, the paper I use have good quality

    I have not yet received the 3880 and then I did not tests but many will "complain" the general quality of the results obtained with the pigments for this reason, I wonder if it is better to take the DYE ... Also for not having problems with non-OEM Pigment inks

    Thanks again
    Roberto
     
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    I'm not specifically using a 3880 and just can give you some more general comments; you can use the same type of ink in the 1400 and 3880, and the same papers but just larger so you are used to the look of your choice of papers. You can run dye inks in one printer, and pigment inks in the other to see the differences and get the best from both depending on the paper choice, so there is no 'better' for one or the other. There can be cost considerations because the most light stable Fuijifilm DL dye inks are more expensive than typical pigment inks. Differences of ink types in combination with patricular papers are discussed here in detail so you can make a choice, and with the ease of refilling a 1400 you can test quite easily for yourself the best combinations for you. I'm using both dye and pigment inks and got to know in the meantime after quite some testing this and that which combinations I like most - for different purposes. And just don't forget to create appropriate custom icc color profiles for these non-standard combinations.
     
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    thanks again for your answer !!!
    for ICC profiles there are no problems I can do it ...
    but you what inks will recommend? both Dye and pigments
     
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    don't you have a local supplier in your country yet - whereever that is ? A wide range of inks and papers and more would be available at octoinkjet or precisioncolors or marrutt.co.uk , some sell as well papers and offer icc-profiles in combination with their inks
     
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    yes, there are, but they all say that have the best ink on the market ...
    so I "need" direct experiences from some of you who have tested
     
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    I'm using or have used ink from these suppliers, without problems, but they are not my sole sources
     
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    Hi I linked this in another thread about the 3800 inks :
    This is pigment ink, was advised the fade life of the pigment inks is much longer than dye inks. Im considering getting a scp800 so will be interested to hear how you get on with non OEM inks :)
     
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    Hello Philippa,
    thanks for interesting abaut!!!
    I think it's important to get the opinions of those who have tried one or two brands before purchasing
     

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