I bought a new Canon Pro 100 printer and love it so far. I printed about 50 8×10″ and a few 11×14″ before I needed to refill a cartridge and that all went ok. The printing sure is different from the epson. I have to edit all my photos differently to get them to come out because now I have black and grays and the picture seems a little dark. The epson was a lemon from the start and the black never did work properly and it was very user unfriendly, fighting me the whole way. The difference is quality is great, while the colors aren’t as vibrant as the pigment ink, the canon prints look outstanding.
Edit: This printer is lacking in bright blues or vivid colors. Otherwise it is printing good. It specializes in blacks and grays, there is 3 black & grey cartridges, 5 colored. It takes some special editing to make the pictures with more vivid colors.
Refilling the first grey cartridge after 50/60 prints, the cartridge holder went back to the side before I finished and had a hard time getting it back top center to put the cartridge back in.
I paid $107 for refillable ink kit, wish I had ordered the re-used OEM blank cartridges for an additional $54 so I wouldn’t have had to pay extra $6 shipping. I now know I can’t leave cartridge holder in center for very long.
When you refill one cartridge, it bleeds all the cartridges so it’s best to just refill them all at once. All this excess wasted ink goes in a pit and they are very hard to change, so shouldn’t change cartridges more than necessary, definitely not one at a time.
All in all it is much cheaper to print your own, buying from a print shop is outrages when you have as many photos as I do.
One other note, expect to print out at lease one copy to adjust edit for a large print. That is why I am printing out 8.5×11″. I will keep the good ones in plastic sleeves which are on order.
Be sure to read instructions closely. You cannot refill yellow, have to use a flushed or new cartridge because the refillable inks don’t mix for some reason. So this requires changing the chip which doesn’t look too hard.