Can anyone report on Lyson Fotonic XG inks for the Epson 1400/1430 printers? I'm looking for a cost effective, dye-based alternative to Epson Claria inks that is at least reasonably light fast. I've been using MIS D2 inks, which look good initially and cost 1/40th the cost of Epson ink, but they fade quickly. Aardenburg-Imaging now has the MIS-D2 on Red River UltraPro Satin paper in their test results and at 10 megalux-hours it looks pretty bad. At 20 megalux-hours it is horrible. Their results are consistent with what I've seen in prints I've hung in well-lit environments.
Lyson Fotonic XG is 1/10 the cost of Epson, and four time more expensive than MIS-D2, but would be a good value if the images don't fade away in a year.
There was a rumor that MIS was coming out with an "archival quality" dye ink. Has anyone heard anything confirming this?
I realize this is an old post, but it takes time to conduct light fade testing. ID# 302 in the AaI&A database has now reached 30 megalux hours in accumulated light exposure dosage (equivalent to 15 years on display using a common industry-standard assumption of 450 lux/12 hour per day), and it's pretty wasted
. The only way to get several years on display without noticeable fading for this ink set would be to maintain museum quality lighting guidelines of about 50 lux or less on the print, or better yet keep in a photo album with little display time.
The sample in test was printed on an Epson Stylus Photo 1400 printer using the Fotonic XG ink set and Red River UltraPro Satin 2.0 paper. Red River Paper now offers a newer UltraPro Satin 3.0 paper that replaced the UPS 2.0, but the embarrassingly poor results for the Fotonic XG inks is unlikely to be helped very much by any other media. I have yet to test any third party dye base ink set that comes anywhere close to the light fade resistance of Epson Claria or Canon Chromalife 100+ dye sets.
You can filter the AaI&A database for ID# = 302 to find this Fotonic XG sample quickly. The database can be found here: http://www.aardenburg-imaging.com/cgi-bin/mrk/_4777c2hvd19kb2NfbGlzdC80
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