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Canon i9900 Photo

Review Date: Sep 11, 2005 Recommend? no | Price paid: $420.00 | Rating: 5 

Pros: Great looking prints
The ink!!! Poor b&w performance. Lack of paper from Canon and profiles.

While I agree that the results from this printer are pretty impressive, I sold mine because I want prints that are going to last longer than a few years. After doing considerable research, I have came to realize that Canon was full of &$#@ with their estimates of print longevity. What are they thinking to use dye ink in a semi-professional photo printer. Unlike pigament or combination (Epson Ultrachrome) ink which can be considered archival, dye's smaller molecules break down quickly and therefor prints do not last. I have been using Ilford Classic Pearl paper, which was made for this type of printer, but my prints are not going to last anywhere near what I'd want if I am to sell a print. The printer is great for proofs, but at around $400, can one justify this? Not to mention that Canon's paper selection is far from adequate. At least Ilford will provide a profile for their paper on this printer.