Black Diamond ink and paper

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by S K, Mar 7, 2004.

  1. S K

    S K Guest

    I have been visiting computer fairs and seen the aggressive marketing
    by Black Diamond for their ink cartridges and inkjet paper. At the
    shows they continously run 3-4 printers churning out very high quality
    glossy photos which impress everybody.

    I have tried their cartridges and paper and have had really horrible
    results. When I print photos, they come out not glossy but rather like
    somebody had hand painted them on a canvas. Their ink cartridges have
    a higher incidents of blockages. In fact I had wasted one set of
    cartridges trying to clean the 'blocked nozzle'. Eventually I had to
    throw them away and start with a new set and waste quite a bit of ink
    trying to clean the system.

    I have tried this on 2 different Epson printers and I get same
    horrible results. I actually asked the guy at ther Black Diamond stand
    and showed him the photos. He could not offer me an explanation and
    just asked me to try different settings which I tried and made no

    Has anyone had these problems? How do they manage to get brilliant
    printouts on their stands yet I am struggling to get one decent photo
    S K, Mar 7, 2004
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    Ian Grant Guest

    Tried the same cartridges and have been getting superb results, repeatedly,
    will be buying another batch soon.

    I'm getting results indistinguishable from other inks incuding Epson's own.
    Sure I do get the ocassional blockage certainly no more than before, but
    this is because I leave my printer on (sometime for days) which dries out
    the heads.

    Certainly never found the Black Diamond staff aggresive in their marketing,
    when I've visited their stand, in fact just the opposite. They have the
    printers running with their cartridges to show that consistent results can
    achieved, which is impressive.

    Like you I have had problems with inks drying on certain papers, but only
    when I used Staples compatible cartridges on Staples own Silk Photopaper.

    All I can say is that I'm getting extremely high quality consistent prints
    with Black Diamond inks on a variety of quality papers Ilford Galerie Smooth
    Pearl, Fuji Multijet & some A3 unbranded Black Diamond paper.

    Ian Grant, Mar 7, 2004
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    TP Guest

    How do Stigma lenses get such good reviews in magazines
    when those you buy in the shop perform like cheap junk?


    Why are people so naive?
    TP, Mar 7, 2004
  4. S K


    Sep 20, 2013
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    Hi, @ SK,
    Perhaps it's something wrong with your printer and profile??

    I'm using blackdiamonds A3 photo paper 180gram on a Brother MFC-J5910dw, with cityinkexpress ciss, fotorite ink, settings for profile in serif and windows is 'other photo paper' and the quality is phenominal. I've been printing posters for my retailers which has a royal blue crystal background with scarlet block wording across it, and the depth is so outstanding it looks like the wording is floating off the surface.

    I''ll be trying out the 'canvas' next, the only trouble I have is at my end with my printer that struggles with anything above 220gram paper trying to bend it back on itself.

    Dekz, Sep 20, 2013
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