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Compatable Inks For Canon Printers

26 Aug 2011 5:24PM
Help Please. Has anyone used good quality compatable inks for the Canon Pixma MG5250 printer, and if so where can I get them.
I have always ured original inks in my previous Epson printer as compatables were no good, and wondered if compatables for Canon printers were any better, as the originals are so expensive. I'd be grateful for any advice.

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Daffy1 10 367 Ireland
26 Aug 2011 5:39PM
For best results use the best inks . Damian
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
26 Aug 2011 5:59PM
I did have a lot of problems with compatibles on my canon 9000. I changed to canon inks and have not had any problems at all.
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
26 Aug 2011 6:25PM
For sure genuine ink & paper combinations work better, The printer drivers contain the required data to match a particular makers paper.

In order to get reasonable results using third party/compatable inks, They should idealy have custom profiles, Even then they need to be matched to whatever paper your using.

Most seem to go for a compromise between quality & cost that justifies the savings, However you don't always get decent prints, No matter what you try, Then there is the whole colour management issue, Monitor calibrations etc etc......Loadsa money, Can be loadsa grief too, Generally the most expensive way of producing decent prints " Yourself " ....!

We have found that a decent on-line pro lab is a much better option, Both in terms of image quality and cost effectiveness.....Grin

First and foremost, You can complain like hell, If the images are not to your liking.

Secondly the sort of printers a lab would be using would " Blow Your Mind " and thats just the price of them.

Thirdly, No having to keep expensive stocks of various paper types, Or ink for that matter, The choice of paper types is mind boggling....!!!

Last far less watse in both inks & paper, Far superior results, On any paper type you like, All delivered within 48 hours ( mostly ) but can be 24 hours....!!!!!

Yes we do have a couple of Canon A4 printers for the odd test prints, Or maybe some proofs, And those must have now this minute stuff, We use genuine ink & paper for best results, But we don't buy that much over a year, One maybe 2 sets of cartridges at worst, Plus some standard photo glossy paper.

gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
26 Aug 2011 6:37PM
I am always some what confused why folk spend a small fortune on the camera and lens and other gear to try and capture the perfect photo, then buy the best printer they can afford but try and cut corners with the ink and paper, surely you would want to show off your work at its best so my advice would be genuine every time.

Regards. - gary
26 Aug 2011 6:57PM
I tried compatibles in our Epson C66, they were ok for business documents but awful for photos.
In our R300 we only use originals, as this is now our main photo printer.

Having said that I recently tried our local High street printer and was stunned at the superb quality.
the prints were far far better than anything I have home printed,

Apart from being a satisfied customer, I have no connection with Stourport Photo Centre, but have to say that their family business approach and print quality is excellent

So perhaps when you need a really high quality set, go to a specialist.

regards dave
StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
26 Aug 2011 7:08PM
I agree with online lab printing totally. I tried all of the above, and when it comes down to the crunch, I can't match a decent quality lab. I use a cheap compatible ink for my Canon, and it works great for docs and test prints. I pay about $15.00 usd for a 4-ink set compared to $79.00 for Canon inks.
User_Removed 8 299 4 France
26 Aug 2011 7:17PM
had an epson stylus photo890 for years...wonderful prints with epson inks and paper...ran out of black ink so nipped into local s/market and only compatible in stock so I risked it...one screwed printer with black ink all over the paper rails...as I cant get at it to clean it and the service cost is as dear as a new multifunction photo/copy unit that was the costliest cheap ink ever!!!!
emlyn16 8 1
26 Aug 2011 7:30PM
try amazon,two lots 17.99 & 16.99 respectively just choose your printer and they will come up.
regards emlyn
dcash29 12 2.3k England
26 Aug 2011 9:02PM
Shame some people chose the wrong compatibles so put down all. My compatibles dont support your printer although
you could try these people http://inkexpress.co.uk/index.html
mikesavage 15 299 2 England
27 Aug 2011 1:37AM
I tried compatibles from WHSmith once, when I owned a Canon i470D - never again!
redsnappa 15 2.0k United Kingdom
27 Aug 2011 7:26AM
I did do a bit of reaserch before using compatible cartridges for my Canon Pixma IP5000 & although it took a while I am pleased with the compatible I decided on using.
For My Canon Pixma IP5000 I have used the Jettec range for compatible cartridges for the last 3 & a half years without any problems.
The only difference I found was the printed slightly more yellow than the canon cartridged but that was easily calibrated out.
They are not the cheapest compatibles out there, but they still represent great value over the originals and they work great with my Canon printer
27 Aug 2011 8:40AM
I think there could be an issue with print durability of compatibles, if if the photo is hung on a wall and exposed to years of light.
I use durabrite epsons, which allegedly have a 50 year life
My local High street printer, also uses quality long life inks in his pro equipment.

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