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--- Dan Honemann <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > If you're not going to use Epson's pigmented inks, then there's > > really no reason to even consider a 2000 series printer. You're > > better off getting a 1280 and a CIS. > > But if the 2200 prints b&w as good as the reviews claim, it could save > me the expense of buying two separate printers--a 1280 for color, and a > 3000 (or used 1160) with piezography drivers/inks for b&w. But Dan, this is based on that fact that the 2200 uses Epson's black and "lite" black ink. Now I supose other ink manufactures can come out with a "lite" black, but it might not be worth their investment. The 2200 is not going to be a high volume printer as compared to Epson's other products due to the $699 price tag. It's not going to be for the masses like the 820 or 785. Therefore, if one is an ink manufacturer, you really have to think about your target market. I don't know about you, but the more a printer costs, the less likely I am to to use unapproved material in it. Particularly if we're talking about pigment inks. Presumably, a 2200 is attractive for all that it brings to table. Ink stability, b$w prints, wide color gamut. The ink chemistry is critical in all of these benefits. Is another 3rd party ink supplier likely to be able to compete with Epson's UltraChrome ink in the 2200? Even if a superior ink exists, is it engineered for the 2200's delivery system? My only point in all of this is that now more than ever, printers, inks, and paper are systems. It just doesn't make sense to me to buy a 2200 and use 3rd party ink when access to the UC inks is one of if not the main reason to even consider a 2200. > > Dan > > - > Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate > subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions. ===== Visit my digital photography web site along with a lot of other interesting stuff at http://www.mikegreer.com. Also, Greer and Associates (http://www.greeraa.com) offers studio photography, digital imaging services, web site design/construction, and training. Mike Greer __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Yahoo! - Official partner of 2002 FIFA World Cup http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.