Photo by Scott Bourne
(Shot in Denali National Park, 08/06, Canon EOS 1D MK IIN – Gitzo Tripod – Wimberley Head – Aperture Priority – f/8.0 – 1/200th Second Exposure – Sigma 300-800 mm Zoom Lens at 575 mm.)Â
Photographers with inkjet printers would prefer less expensive inks, survey shows!
A survey conducted by I.T. Strategies, Hanover, Mass., USA, asked photographers with inkjet printers to determine the use of inkjet printers in their businesses. More than 1,400 photographers responded to the survey.
In the survey, photographers were asked to indicate the one change they would make to their inkjet printers. More than one third listed “less expensive inks” as the one change they would make. Faster print speed was mentioned by 17 percent. Fifteen percent chose the “other” category, which for the most fell into six basic categories: improved black-and-white printing, better paper handling and selection, increased ink capacity, more reliable hardware, improved image quality, and better software.
This brings up an interesting question…what do you want in an inkjet printer? I realized that my two main desires were faster print times and better driver software. I’d even pay MORE for inks if I could get the two things on my list.
The fact that these kinds of surveys are being commissioned bodes well for the future. Usually companies don’t spend the money to do these surveys unless they plan to implement changes based on the result.
And for those of you who do indeed want cheaper inks, make sure you’re very careful about actually BUYING cheaper inks. If you buy refilled ink carts or third-party inkjet carts for your inkjet printer, just because they’re cheaper, you’ll rarely (if ever) end up with results anyone would call professional.