I'm sure you're all pretty bored with the inkjet / MIS story, but one more experiment. I went down to B&H Photo to pick up either the PremierArt or Lyson print shield (spray). B&H didn't have either in stock, but they had the Lumijet print guard -- so I picked it up, and as long as I was down their picked up some Ilford Gallerie Smooth Pearl.
I then went over to Adorama -- but same story. They just had the Lumijet Spray in stock.
First off, I took the hardest photo I have, in terms of bronzing -- it's the one of Buddy the cat with a very highlighted head, ears etc. and completely black or almost black background. I hung it on a line and gave it a good dousing with the Lumijet Spray. Probably more than I should have as there was a little bit of running. Nevertheless, about ten minutes later I took it down and held it under the lamp - twisting and turning it in all directions to see if I could pick up bronzing. There was absolutely none. On top of that, the print had a slightly more reflective look which I liked. I was amazed.
Okay, so then I put some of the Ilford Smooth Pearl in and did a few prints. I got richer blacks than with the Epson Premium semi-gloss. But there was some bronzing, though not as bad as with the Epson paper. I can't really test the spray with the Ilford paper yet since it has to dry first. But my guess is that the results will be the same.
The spray is a pain -- and I can't really do more than a couple indoors because of the vapor etc. so if I am to use the spray I'll do it on the fire-escape, at least when it's not winter -- but they also make some of this stuff that can be brushed on which may be a little better.
According to the Inksupply.com (MIS) site, the Epson Premium Semi-gloss is more archival than the Ilford paper which Ilford says is rated for 30 years -- at least according to the MIS site.
At any rate, the banding problem is solved. I have a pretty good choice between the two papers. I am however going to have to remove the "pizza wheels" which continue to leave marks. There is some information on the MIS site about how to do this.
Tuesday, I'll be replacing the Photo Ink in the black cartridge with the Eboni Ink. Some more testing. And then try some larger prints.
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Fascinating. At 1280 dpi, absolutely no banding. Made my first 8 x 12 print - which was of the Blossoms and Sky shot, the first thing scanned with the DiMage 5400 and the MIS Inks. 17 minutes to print. Print looks great. Tomorrow I'll spray it with the Lumijet stuff -- and by then I should be finished with my first set of MIS cartridges. I'll do some more prints once the new cartridges arrive -- and do a few 12 x 18 prints. Then sit back and give it all a rest, and come back and re-evaluate.