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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

'A New Benchmark'

About the printer I was just hopping around about in the previous post, Henry Wilhelm, of Wilhelm Imaging Research Inc. (WIR), says, "With WIR Display Permanence Ratings of more than 200 years, prints made with the HP Photosmart Pro B9180 A3+ Photo Printer, Vivera pigment inks, and select HP glossy photo papers and matte fine art papers set a new benchmark for overall color print permanence. When displayed framed under glass, prints made with the new printer, inks, and papers are among the longest-lasting prints in the entire 130-year history of color photography. [Italics mine—MJ]

"To put this achievement in perspective, displayed prints made with the HP B9180 and Vivera pigment inks are five times more stable than the best of all current traditional dye-based silver halide colour prints, Fujicolor Crystal Archive prints (WIR rated at 40 years)—and more than ten times longer lasting than Kodak Edge Generations and Royal Generations prints (WIR rated at 19 years)."


UPDATE: Read Vincent Oliver's editorial explaining some of the new technologies used in the HP B9180.


Blogger Ted Kostek said...

It's great that I can make prints that will last, what, 10 generations?

I also love the irony in the "emphasis added" portion. The prints are going to last longer than photograhy has been around so far. That's a funny prediction on some level.

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