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Al, My answer to your question is: Definitely not! I've had an Epson 1200 since June 6. I've had several watercolor paper prints I made that first week exposed to bright indirect sunlight as a test and they show no signs of fading. The paper is an inexpensive brand (Bienfang- You've all heard of that one.) that I bought at an art supply store before I knew any better. I've made many other prints in the meantime on this and other, more sophisticated art papers. None have shown any signs of fading as of this writing. This includes Epson's own Photo paper, on which I've made 1440 d.p.i. photo prints from 35mm Picture CD scans that look like 8x10's from a photo lab. I believe the 1200 with its own inks has gotten a bad rap. People who have "tested" Epson 1200 prints by taping them face down on window glass exposed to direct sunlight are not creating a real world environment, IMO. No one would ever put ANY valuable image, photographic or inkjet, in such an unreal location. There is not only the outrageous direct sun, but its heat and also the surface of the print in direct contact with the glass. Heaven knows what hardships this can wreak! It's akin to being disappointed when a broken egg fries on a hot skillet. No doubt there are inks with better longevity than Epson's current formulas, and no doubt Epson prints can and will fade. But don't let that dissuade you from getting a 1200 and enjoying it as I have. With reasonable care your prints will not, like the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland, fade away leaving only a smile! :-) And things can only get better in the coming months as fully archival inks become available for the 1200. Bob Clemens - Please do not include an entire message in your response. Delete the excess. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.
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