There has been a time that third party color pigment inks delivered better fade resistance than the OEM dye inks could deliver while their gamut was acceptable. Mediastreet's Generation ink comes to mind, Wilhelm tested and approved. There has been a time that third party pigment Quad inks were the only solution for decent B&W prints both for image quality and fade resistance. Jon Cone's Piezography, MIS quad inks.
At that time there were people claiming that it was stupid to use third party inks. True, they caused more headaches but the prints still are worth looking at.
The big companies followed the trail of the more adventurous printer users and brought the inksets that were requested, some manufacturers improving the printer's consistency at the same time. No, I wouldn't go back to that situation of 5-10 years ago as the turn-key solutions are available now but at that time there was no choice.
met vriendelijke groeten, Ernst Dinkla
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