Review: Canon CL-52 Photo Ink Cartridge (Cracked Open)


A Look Inside The Canon CL-52 Photo Cartridge:

The CL-52 photo cartridge from Canon works in the following printers:

This cartridge is rated at 710 pages (photos?), and contains about 21ml of ink (divided by 3).

This cartridge was never very successful, and only worked in (3) printer offerings from Canon.  This cartridge was intended to be used with the CL-51, or CL-41, and is installed in the black cartridge slot.  If you notice, this cartridge contains 3 different sections for ink – black, photo cyan, and  photo magenta.  The CL-51 and CL-41 cartridges are both “color” cartridges which contain – cyan, magenta, and yellow.

So if there is a CL-52 photo cartridge present in addition to a color cartridge (CL-51, CL-41) the color configuration will be: black – cyan – magenta – yellow – photo cyan – photo magenta.  You certainly do not want to use the CL-52 photo cartridge for printing documents, text or black and white photos since there is a very small section of the cartridge dedicated to black ink.  Also, once the cartridge is out of a single color, the printer will report it as empty.

Hewlett Packard (HP) Does It Too:

This type of “ink separating” in a single “specialty” cartridge is far from dead – HP uses this a bunch for cartridges like the HP 58 (photo cartridge), the HP 99 (photo cartridge), and the HP 102 (light gray, dark gray, and black).  There are others, but heavy printers should avoid printers that use these types of cartridges.

Canon CL-52 photo color ink cartridge cracked open, internal structure revealed.

Canon CL-52 photo color ink cartridge cracked open, internal structure revealed. Notice the colors, black, photo cyan, and photo magenta.

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