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Recently, Ken Newman typed... > My question: I have recently purchased an Epson 820. (I'm planning > on buying MIS archival B&W cartridges and using the 1200 as a high > quality B&W printer) I was told by a reputable source that the 820's > ink formulation is such that near-archival quality can be expected. > Does anyone's real world experience bear this out?? I sell a > considerable number of images online and would like to be able to > fulfill my own orders. But I don't want clients threatening physical > harm if the images go to orange or fade. Ken, I am using an 820 with Epson Heavyweight Matt paper and Epson ink. I have had two photos behind a single pane of glass on the south-facing service door of my garage for the last two months. I just checked and can see an almost-imperceptible fading of black when comparing the exposed surfaces with the covered surfaces. The lighter and colored areas on the photos appears to be unchanged. This is not a definitive answer, but I am encouraged. The prints from the 820 are remarkably more stable than those I made earlier on my 800. - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.