Epson R3000 duller colors?

Started Aug 26, 2012 | Discussions thread
BrightGuy Regular Member • Posts: 123
Re: Epson R3000 duller colors?

I'd like to share some experimental data that would support my preference for a modern pigmented ink set.

In terms of gamut volume, Epson R2000 with OEM UltraChrome HighGloss2 pigmented inks won Canon iP4800 series printer with UltraChrome100+ dye inks. Gamutvision calculated 808184 vs. 655928 volume units from profiles generated from the same targets and software for a given resin-coated high glossy paper. A great non-OEM pigmented ink for the Epson falls somewhat between (710204) in terms of gamut volume for this same paper. What I have noticed is that Canon dye ink produces the deepest black indeed (not by far from the Epson UCHG2 inks), but its gamut grows slower and off-centered (on Lab diagram) along the L* scale than the other two pigmented ink sets I have compared to, minimizing or even eliminating the practical usefullness of this better Dmax.

I do agree with some people who argue the glossiness of dye ink prints plays a lot on the subjective punchy feeling, specially with (but not only) high gloss papers. But this is minimized using a luster/satin paper finish, that would recover most the glossiness lost by the pigment layer.

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