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Ink stained Fingers

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wouldn’t it be better to put gloss optimizer in a set of dye ink carts on a lower end printer and use that to apply the gloss optimizer over the whole image..
that's one possible option - you can use the black channel and print with the driver option 'BW print' which does not use any of the CMY colors. I did that with an WF2010W for testing, but that's limited to A4.

But the first question should be whether the gloss optimizer is needed at all - most likely not as long as you use OEM inks on OEM paper, lower cost 3rd party consumbles may require you to compensate detrimental effects - bronzing etc - for which you pay with additional handling time , the gloss optimizer and potentially another printer. I think it would be better to use OEM dye inks which are affordable and don't need any addtional processing. It's the paper at the end making the difference in longevity , There are various Epson Claria and Canon Chromalife tests with dye inks which excel in corresponding tests with pigment inks

https://www.printerknowledge.com/threads/do-pigment-inks-fade-slower-than-dye-inks.15466/

And there is no reason to believe that 3rd party pigment inks perform even as good as the corresponding OEM inks.
 
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I doubt that they will do B&W photos as well as the 8550 with the lack of gray ink.
 

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There are some L8050 video manual on youtube.
The easy replacement pickup roller seems nice feature?!
The EPSON EU site seems put much complete info than last week.
ecotank-L8050
180x6 1.5pl

BTW, I already got L3550 just announce end of the 2022. It's precisioncore 4800x1200, but use the same rear paper tray like L3150 & L3250. Came with 003(T522) ink, I know it's not good enough. But for my application only required on matte paper, replace the 003 K with 673 K would be nice enough & get a little faster print speed by this print head.
 
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