I’ve started using Piezography K7 N B&W inks, and wanted to offer some feedback on my experience to date – for what it’s worth.
It’s a big decision to depart your OEM ink set and install a set of new inks remotely (I mean in Australia) with no real ability to test results before the expense (there is no local user group).
As a dedicated B&W digital photographer, no doubt the Epson ABW system is very good (I have a 3880), but could be improved. While Piezohgraphy may claim a capability to print as good as old silver halide, seeing is believing.
In terms of installing the system:
Everything went in as advised in the technical documentation. I followed the complete route (including a Piezoflush complete clean before installation).
Without trying to jinx myself, all the electronics on the printer continued to work, printer head is working fine, and ink is flowing in the printer’s veins.
QTR works fine – I can’t comment on whether it can be improved.
Technical support is great.
The inks are fantastic. While there is still a huge learning curve in terms of what can be done with the various shades and different papers, results for example on the Canson Baryta Photographique are huge. I printed on a sheet Canson Photo Gloss Premium RC 270 gsm (used the Baryta profile), and what Piezography says about the comparison with silver halide prints is true. The result is amazing - I believe it takes the 3880 to a new level of performance. While I’ve struggled with the Hahnemuhle Photo Rag due to soft proofing issues, I pulled off a print that gave me beautiful deep tonal values not possible, I believe, with the OEM inks. Of course the 3880 IMHO is a great printer, and right up to the task.