All major printer manufacturers now have ?archival? inks that will last for many years ? provided you also use ?archival? paper. For best results, the inks must be matched with the paper.
Ink comes in two basic types; pigment based and dye based. In general, the latter produces the ?prettiest? pictures, the former is longer lasting. As I recall the last review I saw, of the major manufacturers inks, Epson was longest lasting, HP second, and Canon third. But any of their archival inks (coupled with the proper paper) should last more than 20 years, some Epson pigment inks estimated over a hundred. However, they all are continually making progress in ink technology, and yesterday?s comparisons may not be tomorrow?s.
There are many independent reviews available. One independent outfit that has many reviews and papers available on their site is:
One recent paper found there that discusses ink longevity is:
You might Google for other review sites.
Hope this helps
I want to buy a printer for photographs and am looking for one which prints pictures no more susceptible to UV light than normal photographs from negatives.
I was told by a professional photographer that Epson has archival quality ink, but I have been unable to verify this. It would seem that anyone producing archival ink would advertise that fact and I have seen no such advertisements.
Does anyone know where I can look to find this information?