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Old May 13, 2004, 9:56 AM   #1
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In Steve's review of the Canon i9900 I did notsee any reference to how long you can expect the prints to last from an archival standpoint. Any estimates on this?
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Old May 24, 2004, 3:39 PM   #2
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:homey: Hi

This fade resistant question is always a problem. The Pigment ink will last longer but the dye ink (Canon) gives a better result. The wilheim Research Institute reckons their tests (and Canon) 25 years. However this depends on a number of factors. Fisrt the paper and that is difficult to assess due to limited information. Kodak do an Ultra Gloss Colorfast paper max A4 giving 100 yes 100 years fade resistant. However the gloss is very poor, more half way to matt.

As a rule of thumb, any modern proprietry ink (not generic, they can fade after a few months in some cases) should last 25 years if exhibited away from direct sunlight and shown under glass. A lot of the eary fading is due to "gas fade" with the ozone and pollutants in the air degrading the print. This is virtually eliminated when shown under glass. You can also get diffused glass if you do not want the glass to be obvious and also but more expensive UV protection glass.

The bottom line is that modern digi prints should last as long as photos.


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