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Old Dec 19, 2004, 3:04 AM   #1
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I need advice as to how long prints will last with various Epson papers and also about any experiences any might have had with Kodak Ultima papers.


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Old Dec 26, 2004, 11:16 PM   #2
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Iunderstand that some brands of glossy photo paperprinted on using a typical inkjet are considered "waterproof" andsupposed to last 100 years, but the following from a Tom's Hardware review says 20-30 years is the rating for most (with exception to "Solid pigment inks", such as Epson's Durabrite ink) :

"Solid (pigment) inks, as found in the Durabrite cartridges used by the Epson Stylus C66 Photo Edition, offer greater durability. According to Epson, the life expectancy of photos printed with Durabrite ink is 80 to 100 years due in particular to better resistance to light (we promise to get back to you on that). They're also much less vulnerable to humidity damage....... The higher durability of solid inks, however, is achieved at the expense of color quality; the output lacks sharpness and reminds us of film prints on matte paper. "

"The color inks used by most other models, on the other hand, deliver brighter, more brilliant colors, making them ideal for glossy prints. But they're less resistant to light, with a life expectancy estimated at 20 or 30 years. They are also vulnerable to humidity; it's better to wait for them to dry before handling them."


Does anyone know how long prints should last from places such as Walmart?

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