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Continuous Ink Systems for Epson printer

Hi All,

After printing a load of photographs from our wedding and several albums we've just worked out how much its cost us in ink

I've been thinking about a CIS for our Epson PX700W, the current prints we get from it are out standing on premium photopaper. My main fear is that with a CIS the print quality will not be the same. Epson go on about how good there standard inks are and to be fair I can't disagree.

Does anyone use a CIS kit? The kit I've thinking of getting is

http://www.continuous-ink-systems.co...e34eb0fd3da5e9

Any tips or advice would be great.

thanks in advance <beer>

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Re: Continuous Ink Systems for Epson printer

I have no knowledge but would also be interested in hearing any experience (in particular with teh Epson RS 2880) since it is obvious, that this could mean saving costs as well as waste.
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I've been using a CIS for my Epson 2100/2200 for 3-4 years, for professional use. It's not the CISS system, but it's from Image Specialists http://www.image-specialists.com/

The inks from Image Specialists seem to be as good as the original Epson inks when it comes to colour rendition and long-term stability. I have absolutely no idea of how good the CISS inks are, or the ones from Lyson http://www.marrutt.co.uk/2100-cis.php or Inkjetfly http://www.inkjetfly.com/product_inf...roducts_id=206

I've had colour profiles made for the inks and papers I use. It's a must for professional use, but I recommend it anyway if you want the correct colours.

Pros:
- Drastically reduced ink costs. My estimate is that the CIS system has cut my ink costs with (roughly) 85 percent. Ink costs are simply not an issue any more. The ink I use is of the same quality as the Epson Ultrachrome inks.
- Convenience: you know you'll never run out of ink. The ink containers are transparent, so you can actually see how much ink there is left.

Cons:
- The system takes 1-1 hour to set up the first time. You have to very careful to get it right.
- The ink supply system with ink containers and plastic tubing must be handled with great care. You can't move the printer around.
- You have to keep an eye on the ink in the feeder tubes. If the printer sits idle for a week or more you have to prime the printer by printing a few A4 sheets of multicoloured pictures. Ordinary cheap copy paper (for laser printers) will do, so the cost is negligible.
- You must run the printer every now and then in order to keep the ink from clogging in the feeder tubes. However, the print heads will probably clog long before that...
- There is no way I can recommend a CIS system for family use. That would be a certain way to disaster. Don't even think of it.

The CIS system is one of the best investments I've made. I would n-e-v-e-r ever go back to small cartridges again, unless I get rich and can get a large format printer with 220-800 ml cartridges...

Before you decide to buy a CIS, I would recommend you to search the Internet for reviews and user comments about the particular CIS you have in mind. After all, there are very real quality differences between varoious third party inks. Go for the very best, the equivalents of the Epson Ultrachromes (or whatever they call them now).

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Re: Continuous Ink Systems for Epson printer

Thanks for the advice Per_S.

I went for this kit in the end

http://www.inkexpress.co.uk/index.ph...fo&prodid=1470

Mainly due to the better inks and also spongeless cartridges.
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Re: Continuous Ink Systems for Epson printer

Permajet are very good and you get profiles for the paper for free. I use one on a Epson 2400 and have found it to be a great system.
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Re: Continuous Ink Systems for Epson printer

Hi

I have a continuous ink system on my Epsom Rx560 and the results I get are superb, have had it for over 18months and use it to print Club competetion entries for myself and my wife. Have often had positive comments on the quality of the prints I produce and would recommend using this system. It is very economical on ink I use good quality Epsom Compatible Inks and heavyweight High Gloss and Semi Gloss papers.

I am contemplating getting an A3 printer at present it will probably be an Epson 1400 as I know I can get a similar inkflow system for this machine

I would recomend this approach to anyone.

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Re: Continuous Ink Systems for Epson printer

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Originally Posted by Garrie View Post
Hi All,

After printing a load of photographs from our wedding and several albums we've just worked out how much its cost us in ink

I've been thinking about a CIS for our Epson PX700W, the current prints we get from it are out standing on premium photopaper. My main fear is that with a CIS the print quality will not be the same. Epson go on about how good there standard inks are and to be fair I can't disagree.

Does anyone use a CIS kit? The kit I've thinking of getting is


Any tips or advice would be great.

thanks in advance <beer>

Cheers
Garrie
the continous ink would cost you cheaper but the quality of printing is not the same as the original. plus give you head ache... I have some of that. that's why I say so... and I stick with my epson printer ink cartridges. you can buy them cheaper than the original.
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Re: Continuous Ink Systems for Epson printer

I recently bough a DIY continuous ink supply system for my Canon all in one photo printer and it works brilliantly, not talking about color and picture quality though. I am just glad that I could save on ink cartridge refills that costs me about $40 every time I get a black and colored tank. Though as what I have said, it lacks the luster given by original ink refills. But I could make do with it, especially if you have the proper photo paper with you.

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Re: Continuous Ink Systems for Epson printer

Which ever way you go its still expensive to make good quality prints. I imagine a good mail order printer may be slighhtly cheaper, its just all the waiting thats the trouble.
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Re: Continuous Ink Systems for Epson printer

Overall I would recommend CISS but they are messy so don't expect to use it on a nice clean desk and it stay that way
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