How to protect inkjet photos ?

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Mar 7, 2002
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I am looking into purchasing an photo-quality inkjet printer.

After much research on the net, my conclusion is that for
photo-quality printout, 6 colours, dye-based inkjet printer will
be the preferred choice.

The 2 most popular brands out there for this kind of inkjet are
Epson and Canon.

The only remaining concern is that I have read quite a few users
saying that the printout doesn't last very long and will start
fading even after a few days if they are not protected - e.g. put
behind glass or laminated.

Hence, my purpose of starting this thread is to gather input from
the Singapore users of photo inkjet printers, especially these
models : Epson Photo Stylus 810, Canon S800, Canon S820.

I'm also considering the new HP Deskjet 5550 which starts using
dye-based photo inks - but since it's so new, I doubt there is any
user that has use it long enough to provide much feedback.

Please share with me your experience so far in terms of :

1. What is your printer brand/model ?

2. What type of paper you use (brand/model) ?

3. Do you notice any fading in your print outs ?

4. If there are fading, how long before it starts to fade ?

5. What are the methods you use to stop it from fading ?

6. If you don't notice any fading at all, what is the oldest print out
you have that still doesn't have a sign of fading ?

Appreciate the info.

Thanks !


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Jan 19, 2002
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1. Epson 1270
2. Epson A3/A4 Matte paper - Heavyweight
Epson A4 Premium glossy photo paper
3. Nope
4. N/A
5. I use acid free plastic sleeves and store them in black folders
away from sunlight.
6. 3 years


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Mar 7, 2002
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Thanks for the fast response !

Glad to know that your print out can last for 3 years
without fading !

I have more questions which I hope you can help with :

1. Since your location state Singapore/Australia, can I know
where do you stored those print outs ? Singapore or Australia ?

2. There seems to be this 'orange shift' problem with the epson
stylus - including the 1270 - see :

Do you experience the same problem ?

3. Finally, can you also share more details about the acid free
plastic sleeve - i.e. brand and where to buy ?

Again, thanks for the response.

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