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Here is good news for people that wish to use the same printer for color prints as well as film separations.
These new printers are a return to older style printers that had both matte and photo black inks installed. For some time Epson had only a single black ink tank installed forcing users to switch the entire contents of photo and matte black inks when printing on different stock. Users suffered, complained, and lost lots of time and money having to flush black ink out of the printer to replace it with another style black ink. Epson learned a lesson and now installs both black inks again however they share "the same print head". There is a control option on the printer for changing between these two inks and yes it does a small flushing of inks which by comparison to the old way is minimal compared to flushing the entire line of ink that used to lead to the print head.
• Switching from Photo Black to Matte Black takes 2 minutes and
consumes approximately 1.2 ml of ink.
• Switching from Matte Black to Photo Black takes 3 minutes and
consumes approximately 3.4 ml of ink.
How to handle this:
It's easier if you make this determination before you install inks for the "first time". Epson no longer offers an easy way to flush just black ink. In their mind why should they, they are both installed and the suites their main market for paper printing. Installing the ink you need in the proper slots from the beginning will get you printing films fast.
If you already have Epson ink installed and wish to add dye ink cartridge to either slot you can only print many many black squares until the ink exchanges. Welcome to the new ways of Epson.
1. Decide if you wish to use stock Epson HDR inks (pigment ink) or dye ink (after market). Your decision to use either ink will dictate the film you must use to get great density. Pigment ink requires pigment style film while dye ink requires dye style film. Test all films with ink, dye and pigment ink as they are radically different. Don't buy a film that says it's for both, they are usually not.
2. Next decide which Epson black ink you wish to leave installed. Again, your decision will dictate the style paper you will be printing on. Photo black is for Photo glossy paper while matte ink is for matte paper.
3. Once installed you can easily use the control panel and switch between the two blacks when it's proper for color or film printing.
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