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Old Dec 8, 2004, 7:24 PM   #1
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I hear canon will soon have a new 100 year ink for their printers. Does anyone have any information on when these inks will be available and if they will work in the i9900 wide carriage printers? Also will they work combined with the BC series inks or would I have to change all 8 colors before use? That is if they are usable with the i9900.

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Old Dec 13, 2004, 2:13 AM   #2
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Very interesting, but so far as I can tell, these new inks will come in BCI7 cartridges, not the BCI6 cartridges that the i9900 requires. So, as much as I would love to see it be true that I could get archival inks for my i9900, I don't think that that is what Canon has in mind...
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I wouldn't be so sure. When I bought my S800 (BCI-6 series inks), the ink tanks packages were marked as compatible inks for the S800 and BJC-8200. Then there was a "label" that identified the BCI-6 inks as the new inks for the BCJ-8200; users just had to update their drivers.

It is very possible that Canon may do a similar thing for the S- and I-series printers to update to the BCI-7 inks.
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Old Dec 14, 2004, 4:10 AM   #4
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I would think Canon would be smart to make the new inks compatible with existing s and i series printers because ink and paper are where the profits are. I would assume the price will be higher for the bci-7 inks and no third party alternatives for a while. The s and i series printers would give canon a ready made, 'captive' more profitable market for the new inks rather than waiting for people to purchase enough new printers to justify the expense of retooling and manufacturing costs of the bci-7 inkset. Add the value of the brand loyalty and good willthis would give Canon in the marketplace andthecase is pretty strongfor Canon to make this inkset compatible with s and I series printers.


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Old Dec 14, 2004, 8:56 AM   #5
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Well, I sincerely hope you guys are correct, but the press releases I saw about these new inks had a mention in them about the inks being for an "upcoming Pixma series printer". Hmmm...
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Here is some stuff I found while searching the web.

http://2st.dip.jp/imgbbs/src/1099711374.jpg
http://2st.dip.jp/imgbbs/src/1099711447.jpg

Both were apparently done with an i860 using the BCI-6 and 7 carts so you can see the color is pretty close but it may need a head cleaning/realignment.

If the head alignment can be compensated then any BCI-6 can beswapped to aBCI-7.

Also I found this... http://www.photo-i.co.uk/News/Nov04/121.htm

If anybody has any Japanese translation ability this looks interesting http://bj.canon.co.jp/japan/printtec...alife/p03.html
Click on the "CLICK" icon for an interesting little show...




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Old Dec 14, 2004, 7:51 PM   #7
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Those were some very good links, castledude. Thanks!

It gives me some renewed hope that the bci-7 cartridges will become available and will indeed work on the i9900. That would make it nice for those of us that want archival quality prints from a dye, rather than pigment, -based printer. Besides, I've always disliked the noise and propensity to clogged jets that the Epson printers always exhibited.
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There is an interesting thread on this topic over on Slashdot <http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/12/06/1450216&tid=194&tid=1>

I really like my i9900 with the MediaStreet bulk ink system.
I have been waiting for archival inks although the key seems to be to also overspray the images with a coating that blocks most of the UV light. (In the early 80's I started and ran a traditional photo lab so I've seen fading from both sides now.)
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