Epson have been the market leaders in pigment ink inkjet printing for well over a decade now.
They were first to market with this technology with the Epson 2000P and have been through several iterations since then. There's no doubt that both Canon and HP also have interesting pigment ink options, but it's fair to say Epson remain the clear leaders in this field with a minimum of about 70%, through to over 95% market penetration in major markets across the world. This means pretty much all new inkjet products are designed and extensively tested with (and indeed optimised for) the Epson line of inkjet printers.
Epson have been our trusted choice for our own fine art printing service for more than 10 years now.
Their current line up of printers use the Ultrachrome inks using multiple black inks. These inks have been thoroughly independently tested (see Wilhelm Imaging in particular), and offer archival life spans averaging more than 75 years for colour prints (before visible fading occurs, if properly stored), through to several centuries for black and white images. This makes this technology about the most stable colour printing technology available on the market today.
Epson also manufacture paper and have a wide range. We have selected just two to sell from the range that we feel suit our customers requirements - Epson Archival Matte (an inexpensive proofing only paper) and Epson Traditional Photo Paper (a very high contrast clean white darkroom style paper). Mostly, though, we recommend you explore the world of fine art papers from other brands as we always say about Epson - they make the very best inks, great printers....and mostly pretty average papers!
As with all products purchased from Image Science, we are able to offer lifetime support - so if you have any issues or technical enquires please feel free to contact us.
For support directly through Eizo please find the contacts details listed below.
- Luis Ferreiro - Melbourne Photographer
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