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Old May 3, 2012, 7:57 AM   #1
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My Canon Pro 9000 printer drinks ink like it's going out of style. Is using aftermarket inks bad for the printer?
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Old May 3, 2012, 1:06 PM   #2
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Using aftermarket inks in your Canon 9000 printer doesn't really cause as much of a problem with respect to ongoing performance as it does to your finished photograph being as lightfast or fade resistant as Canon's specified ink.

I have the Pro9000MKII version and have been using it for about 3yrs now. I sell most of the prints that I make. So to me, the ink being fade resistant or lightfast is paramount. Like you, I think the ink costs are high and the printer uses a cartridge with a very small amount of ink in it.

I've tried using a reputable supplier's ink that claimed the ink was the exact same formulation, etc., etc. I printed a couple of test photos left them on my desk near a window. The next day, I came back and looked at them only to find out that there was considerable fading in the areas of the photo exposed to sunlight.

Not a good thing.

Today, I use the Pro9000mkII with Canon's ink to print greeting cards. The larger prints are done on a Epson Pro4000. Cost of ink per ml is extremely more satisfactory as it uses a 110ml cartridge s opposed to the 12ml cartridge of the 9000.


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