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Canon i9900 Photo

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Review Date: Jul 8, 2007 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Excellent print quality
Cons:
Fading and clogging of print head.

I bought the Canon i9950 in Australia to do on-site sports printing. I read all the reviews and it didn't take me long to be totally amazed at the print qaulity. The reviews were right! the prints were stunning. I really used this printer a lot at sports carnivals, it was fast. One thing, I had to use non genuine ink after a while. I could not afford to pay more than the price of French Champagne for the cartridged (per ml)!. I found a company here who sell 125ml ink bottles for the price of 2 Canon cartridges. I leaned to refill my cartridges for a fraction of the cost.I continued to print my heart out until I started to get banding from a clogged printhead. To cut a long story short I ended up getting the printhead replaced at a cost of about one half of the original printer cost. Was it because of the non-genuine inks? I don't know. After another 10 months of printing the same thing happened again. . This was a great printer, until I noticed the prints started to fade after about 4 months. I was warned about this but tended to ignore such warnings because of the superb print quality. The prints that I had under glass were still OK, but those exposed to the air faded badly.I am now looking at another printer to print my dance photo proofs sheets (A3).I am now looking at maybe the Canon pro 9000 or an Epsom R2400. The i9950, what a pity about the fading.