Are there any generic inks that truly match OEM?

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Anthony Veteran Member • Posts: 5,104
Are there any generic inks that truly match OEM?

I just picked up a rebated Canon Pro9000 MKII for a decent price.

After having Epson for years, the thought of paying for ink, is like having my finger nails pulled.

I'm looking at generic ink options.

Are there any truly good generic inks that match up to OEM? I dont want to be "close", I want to look identical.

If I have to settle for less, I'd rather pay for Canon OEM inks, and print more conservatively.

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irvweiner Contributing Member • Posts: 705
Re: Are there any generic inks that truly match OEM?

Please review/search my recent posts--

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Petruska Veteran Member • Posts: 7,571
Simple answer - NO!

You will most likely have a color shift that is noticeable.

You must custom profile your 3rd party and papers to obtain the best results.

What is the closest (95%) to OEM, Image Specialists inks (you can buy them on ebay at Precision Color).

It's worth a try for you as they sell 2oz bottles at a cheap price which includes nice fill plugs and syringe, you should also purchase their bottom output port clips, these are excellent. You also need a chip resetter.

There are also 3rd party refillable cartridges with ink and auto reset chips for about $8 each. Irv, here can fill you in.

I only use OEM cartridges as they are known to work the best to control proper ink flow. The bottom line is how picky you are with your prints.

Bob P.

Adam2 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,869
It depends

On the type of printer, ink, and expectations. For the Epson 3800 for example, Jon Cone produces a wonderful k2 ink that mimics OEM quite well with the exception of pK. I'm testing IJF's V3 ink for the K2 in set and preliminary results suggest that it is exceedingly comparable with deeper pK. In terms of longevity, the word is still out and I would steer you towards Mark McCormick's work at Aardenburg Imaging.

Petruska Veteran Member • Posts: 7,571
He's using a Canon printer.....

there just aren't any ink sets that match the Canon OEM, all 3rd party ink sets that I have tested shift the gamut. IS was the closest to OEM. Otherwise you need to generate custom print profiles.

I think that this has been brought up countless times here on DPR that if you are extremely serious about photo printing you definitely need to buy profiling equipment for the monitor and printer, and great editing software. The ColorMunki profiles both the monitor and printer for about $350.

Even if you use OEM inks and papers there is a difference if you cutom profile them, the gradients are better.

Bob P.

Sherman Mechanic Junior Member • Posts: 32
Re: Are there any generic inks that truly match OEM?

None that I have tried or anybody I know has tried. Usually the colors are off, some times they clog, or worse yet sometimes the generic cartridges sometimes leak and then you can have a real mess on your hands. Especially because of the leakage potential I do not take any risks anymore.

I also have a Canon Pixma Pro 9000 II and also a Canon Pixma IP 4300 which I have had for years  and which also uses CLI-8 cartridges. I have never had a problem with the Canon OEM cartridges even though I think they are outrageously overcharged for but that is why I guess these manufacturers sometimes almost give away their printers or sell them below actual cost.

With the Black and White laser printers I have had (HP and Brother) I use generic toner save a ton of money and I usually get from Amazon and never really have had a problem.

Frank Regular Member • Posts: 361
Re: Are there any generic inks that truly match OEM?

I use Precision Color Inks in OEM carts. I cant tell the difference .

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jtoolman Veteran Member • Posts: 5,665
Re: Are there any generic inks that truly match OEM?

Anthony wrote:

I just picked up a rebated Canon Pro9000 MKII for a decent price.

After having Epson for years, the thought of paying for ink, is like having my finger nails pulled.

I'm looking at generic ink options.

NONE

Are there any truly good generic inks that match up to OEM? I dont want to be "close", I want to look identical.

NOPE

If I have to settle for less, I'd rather pay for Canon OEM inks, and print more conservatively.

Buy Image Specialists inks and a reseter from Precisioncolors.com

and learn to refill you OEM carts.

Do not EVER use compatible or refillable carts on ANY Canon!

Joe

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