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Keith Cooper over at Northlight images has written an excellent article on large format printing. From time to time, I get asked whether or not you should buy one of these printers. There are lots of things to consider if you want to produce your own large images.
The article below nails all the question I get, and may answer all your questions, Other than “Canon or Epson?” You’ll have to let the salesman make up your mind on that one.
“There is undoubtedly an attraction to seeing giant prints of your work on walls, and when you look at some of the deals available for large format printers, they look very attractive, compared to a high end DSLR and a few good lenses. I love having the ability to make my huge prints here, but you do need to think through some of the practicalities.
I’ve had a large format printer here at Northlight, since 2004. We started with an Epson 9600 (44″ width), adding a 24″ Epson 7880 [review] in 2007, and replacing both with a Canon iPF8300 [review] in November 2010. I’ve also had numerous other printers here on loan for a month or so in order to do testing and write all the reviews on this site.
With this experience I’m often asked about buying large printers. I’m not going to recommend any make or model in particular here, but I do have a number of questions that I feel should be asked, and a number of tips for ensuring that you get the best from such printers.”
Read the full article
We’re told Canon will soon be announcing 3 new Pixma Pro printers. The three printers are most likely replacement models for the Pixma Pro-1, Pixma Pro-10 and the Pixma Pro-100.
There were no mention of what new features would be present in the “Mark II” versions of these printers.
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 4, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is set to expand its imagePROGRAF large format S-Series printers, adding the 44-inch iPF8400S and 24-inch iPF6400S printers, which will offer enhanced print management and color control capabilities, versus the previous models. The new printers are designed to aid graphic arts providers in maximizing productivity while printing their jobs, helping to ensure output is consistent and accurate. In addition, the new imagePROGRAF models boast features with the ability to help ensure color consistency of an entire fleet of iPFX400 series printers across multiple office locations and environments. With the ability to execute high-volume, reliable output, it is well-suited for print service providers and in-plant operations that receive frequent, large-quantity requests from clients with high-standards for color consistency.
“The color calibration capabilities of our newest imagePROGRAF models arm providers with an advantage in today’s highly competitive production printing market,” said Sam Yoshida, vice president and general manager, Marketing, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A. “These machines are designed to excel in demanding industry segments, and we are confident that our customers will be impressed with their efficient, accurate and consistent management of high-volume print jobs enabled by the calibration capabilities and print management features included in these models.”
Color Management and Control
Maintaining consistent, reliable output is an important control requirement of industry service providers. The 44-inch iPF8400S and 24-inch iPF6400S printers feature an enhanced color calibration system that can help ensure consistency while offering flexibility.
- Multi-Sensor: The iPFX400S printers are equipped with an upgraded multi-sensor versus the prior model, using a three-color LED and recently developed condenser lens to help improve recalibration and maintain an average printer-to-printer color difference of ΔE00 ≤ 2.0. In addition, this process can be performed using lightweight paper, reducing the amount of ink used and time needed for drying versus the prior models.
- SU-21 Spectrophotometer: An option for the 24-inch iPF6400S printer, the spectrophotometer can be used to drive the calibration of an entire network of iPFX400S printers, helping significantly reduce the amount of time spent configuring a fleet and helping maximize the productivity of each device. Since only one spectrophotometer is needed, this is also an efficient and cost-effective approach to managing color.
Fleet-Wide Printer Management
As industry providers increase in size and capabilities, so does the demand for streamlined administration of print fleets both large and small. The Canon iPFX400S printer lineup is designed to meet these needs with a set of features, including the Color Calibration Management Console (CCMC), remote functionality and scheduled color check features, that once networked help improve access and general operation of an iPFX400S printer fleet versus the prior models, whether printers are in close proximity, reside in nearby rooms or even exist in separate buildings.
- Color Calibration Management Console (CCMC): This software application provides system-wide color management control, from a single PC, helping streamline the distribution of color measurement data across a fleet of iPFX400S printers.
- Remote Functionality: Administrators are notified in real-time when tasks are finished or if an error occurs.
- Scheduled Color Check: Users can save time and expedite printing processes as this feature can automatically perform regular color checks on dates and times scheduled by the user.
Enhanced Productivity Features
With intuitive software programs and the CCMC, the new devices can help streamline print jobs and ensure resources are used efficiently. These features further expand the capabilities of each printer and can help providers manage a diverse range of client requests, including the ability to print from one machine or a fleet of printers.
- High-Capacity Ink System: The iPF6400S printer now has the ability to use 300ml ink tanks, while the iPF8400S can accommodate 330ml and 700ml ink tanks. In addition, Canon’s unique sub-ink tank system in both models allows ink to be replaced while prints are in-progress helping ensure jobs can be completed virtually seamlessly.
- Efficient Printing Capabilities: Each of the new imagePROGRAF printers also features a unique print-head configuration that enables high-quality printing with fewer total passes from its previous model. With a built-in 250GB hard drive, data can be stored and retrieved directly from the printer so frequently placed jobs can be completed without needing to resend documents.
- Included Software Solutions: Canon’s new imagePROGRAF S-Series printers are equipped with tools that help foster productivity, monitor costs and expand the range of output options. For example, the Accounting Manager Feature tracks customer consumable costs, while a variety of plug-ins support different data files and output. With the Direct Print & Share cloud-based portal solution*, file-sharing is enhanced so printing and processing documents is easier and more streamlined than with prior models.
Device Details & Availability
Canon’s new imagePROGRAF iPFX400S models – the iPF8400S and iPF6400S printers – are expected to be available in mid-September 2013 through Authorized Canon Dealers and Premier Partner Resellers and will have a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $4,995 and $2,995 respectively. For more information, and additional details on each device, visit www.usa.canon.com
MELVILLE, N.Y., September 8, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced it will present new Premium Pigment Inks at PRINT 13, held September 8-12, 2013 at McCormick Place South, Chicago, Illinois.
Visitors to Canon booth #502 will have the opportunity to see output of the Premium Pigment Inks on papers from partners that include Cascades, Domtar, Glatfelter, Mondi, Mitsubishi, and Resolute. These inks – developed by improving the Magenta and Black pigment inks – are the first of their kind to come from Canon.
“The new Premium Pigment Inks are a game changer for Canon,” said Mal Baboyian, executive vice president, Canon Solutions America, Inc., which will offer these inks exclusively. “These inks allow customers to print on uncoated and untreated sheets, enabling them to distinguish themselves in the book, transactional, direct mail, and commercial print markets.”
New Level of Color Intensity
Each of the inks brings significant benefits to Canon customers. The human eye perceives an image to be sharper and of higher quality when the image has a high contrast ratio. The Premium Pigment Black Ink offers improved image sharpness, a deeper black, and an all-around outstanding image quality due to the increased contrast levels in the image areas using black. In instances where a project doesn’t require such dramatic results, customers can dial down the amount of black, taking advantage of cost savings by using less ink.
Compared with previous pigment inks offered by Canon, the New Pigment Magenta ink helps customers achieve a more intense red and deliver an improved color gamut. Whether on uncoated standard inkjet media or inkjet coated media, the new ink delivers output that is much closer to the respective ISO offset uncoated and coated media color gamut range. As a result of Canon’s enhanced Magenta ink, print providers in the graphic arts market can distinguish themselves by delivering superb output with a more brilliant red necessary for company logos and other applications requiring the highest quality.
“With the enhancements to the ink, we are able to penetrate new markets that tailor to the lifestyle demographic,” said Dave Johannes, vice president, Digital Print and Mailing Operations, IWCO Direct. “Our customers are also benefiting by increased direct mail response rates due to the darker reds, variable text and images.”
Canon’s new Premium Pigment Inks will be sold exclusively by Canon Solutions America, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc. For more information, customers may call 1-800-815-4000.
MISSISSAUGA, ON, September 17, 2012 – Canon Canada Inc, a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the newest additions to the PIXMA PRO-series of 13-inch inkjet printers, the PIXMA PRO-10 and PIXMA PRO-100. Built with the same quality of output and design as the flagship PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet Printer, these two models produce excellent black-and-white and colour prints to help ensure what was captured through a camera lens is reproduced exactly as it was envisioned on paper. Canon has also worked to improve the printing workflow for end-users with the new Print Studio Pro plug-in software, wireless connectivity and faster printing speeds.
“The additions of the PIXMA PRO-10 and PIXMA PRO-100 printers to the PIXMA PRO-series lineup provide photographers with a number of options to satisfy their printing needs,” said Ian Macfarlane, Senior Vice-President of Sales and Service Operations, Canon Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon USA. “Canon is the only company that provides a complete imaging system from input to output for professionals, and these new printers along with the new EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera further illustrate our commitment to creating new technologies to help users get the most out of their images.”
Canon has created and included a PRO Mode for each of the new printers which maps colour gamut for optimum balance of brightness and saturation. This colour mode also helps adjust colours by taking into consideration the characteristics of human perception. The technology helps to create prints that accurately reflect the image as seen on a monitor without needing a high level understanding of colour management. In early 2013, this feature is expected to be available as a firmware upgrade for users of the PIXMA PRO-1 printer.
Quality of Results
The two new models complete the professional class of printers offered by Canon and deliver photographic prints of professional quality with predictable colour, smooth tonal transitions and precise detail. The Canon PIXMA PRO-10 printer utilizes a 10-ink tank system with LUCIA pigment-based inks to produce a wide colour gamut and exceptional print longevity on fine art and glossy paper. The printer employs three monochrome inks, including Matte Black, to generate deep, dark blacks when using fine art paper. A key component of the PIXMA PRO-10 is the addition of Chroma Optimizer to the ink system to further improve the quality of the print. In addition to increasing the colour gamut, this feature helps to enhance the black density when printing on glossy media types. After the ink is laid down, the printer applies the Chroma Optimizer to help eliminate gloss differential that at times can reflect light irregularly, resulting in a more uniform and aesthetically pleasing print on glossy-or semi-gloss type surfaces.
The eight-colour, Canon PIXMA PRO-100 printer utilizes the ChromaLife 100+ dye-based ink system1 to produce vibrant, saturated colours on fine art and glossy papers. Three monochrome inks are included to help enhance black density and produce accurate prints with smooth tonal gradations.
To help achieve accurate prints, each printer utilizes the Optimum Image Generating System which calculates the best results for each print mode and paper type. This system helps improve colour reproduction, tonal gradations and black density while reducing graininess and metamerism. Professionals will notice the benefits of this system when the image is printed and exhibited exactly as it was envisioned.
Quality of Experience
To help deliver a streamlined print workflow to aspiring and professional photographers, Canon is introducing the Print Studio Pro plug-in software specifically for use with the new PIXMA PRO-series printers. As part of the design process for this software, Canon interviewed a wide range of photographers at various professional levels to help determine what users want out of a printing application. The Print Studio Pro software is designed to provide a simple and seamless photo printing solution from a number of applications such as the Canon Digital Photo Professional and Adobe’s Photoshop, Photoshop Lightroom and Photoshop Elements. The Print Studio Pro user-interface has been designed to maximize ease-of-use with a number of options to adjust the page formats and layouts, accommodate for different user preferences and manage a number of variables including colour management and printer settings.
Because of the partnership Canon has established with major paper manufacturers, a significant number of ICC profiles are expected to be available at the time these new printers start shipping. Earlier this year, Canon expanded its media lineup for the PIXMA PRO-series to better meet the needs of professionals with Photo Paper Pro Luster, which delivers vivid colours, sharp details, and generates stunning black-and-white output with rich blacks and smooth tonality. The paper is designed to provide a consistent look and colour when viewed under various light sources and can help increase productivity through fast drying times and easy handling.
To further amplify the overall efficiency of both new models, Canon has added wireless connectivity, a first for the PIXMA PRO-series of Canon printers. Ethernet capabilities have also been included allowing multiple users to print high-quality images from one machine. Whether working on a project in a professional studio or as a student, users will find these connectivity options useful for completing projects in a timely manner without sacrificing image quality.
Both printers deliver impressive print speeds over and above previous generations of PIXMA PRO models through optimized carriage speed, the addition of the three monochrome ink tanks and maximum nozzle counts. As a result, the PIXMA PRO-100 printer can produce a 13” x 19” high-quality colour, bordered image in 90 seconds2 and create a high-quality, bordered black-and-white print 5.4-times faster than previous models, or just under three minutes2. In five minutes and 20 seconds2, the PIXMA PRO-10 printer can produce a 13” x 19” high-quality colour, bordered image in colour or a black-and-white. This increase in speed will help users improve productivity and better budget the time it takes to complete a project.
The estimated selling price of the PIXMA PRO-10 and PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Inkjet Printers are $799.99 CAD and $499.99 CAD.
Canon will be announcing new product next week in the lead up to Photokina. A few people have received invites to various press conferences around the globe.
So what can we expect to be announced?
At least two new “pro” Pixma printers. These will be direct replacements for the Pixma 9000 Mark II & Pixma 9500 Mark II. They’ll be be a smaller Pixma Pro-1, one with dye and the other with pigment.
There will be no 17″ Pixma printer announced this go around, but there are murmurs we will finally see one in the near future.
More PowerShot announcements are expected, a G12 replacement I’m told is likely, as well as a new fast lens PowerShot.
There is next to no talk about a new EOS body for Photokina. The next camera will be a smaller full frame camera, when is still the question.
There has been talk of a new 400 f/5.6L being announced and not much else. I’ve had one other suggestion that a new couple of lenses for the EOS-M system could also be announced. A macro maybe?
Canon ImagePROGRAF iPF6400, iPF8400 & iPF9400
Canon Japan is showing off their new range of large format printers that range from 24″ to 60″.
The basic specs are below:
- 12 Colors – Lucia EX with a 20% larger gamut
- 24 – 60 inch print area
- 25% faster print speed
- Better black performance
I’m told that ahead of Photokina, Canon will be announcing new printers on September 12, 2012. Expect new semi-pro PIXMA printers.
The review will have to wait, as my Pixma Pro-1 is broken. Something is wrong with the paper feed as I am getting scraping down various kinds of paper. 285, 310 & 325 GSM paper are all showing the issue. The obvious cleaning and maintenance has been performed, and the issue is not improving. I have also attempted manual feed and rear feed, and that isn’t changing the outcome either.
Canon Pixma Pro-1 Review Sneak Peek
I have finally received my Canon Pixma Pro-1 A3+ printer, and an extra ink set. I’m very excited to get some printing done with it this weekend. This is a bit of a sneak peak, as I’ll work on the full review as I work with it this weekend.
Bring a friend to the store if you’re going to pick one up. The box is huge and it must weigh 80lbs. It’s probably the largest and heaviest A3+ printer ever made.
The printer itself is quite nice to look at it, very clean and looks extremely well built. Could a printer be beautiful? This one may be.
The box is packed nice and tidy and it was easy to get out and onto a table, or desk. The initial setup was a breeze, and the printer appears to be relatively quiet. The ink cartridges are pretty large for an A3+ printer and are very well built. I paid $400 for a set of 12 ink cartridges, I have no idea if that’s good until we get into how much ink the printer will use. I always found the Pixma 9500 Mark II to be ink hungry, or the cartridges too small. I always had to have lots of backups if I got into a weekend print session.
I will spend the next couple of days playing around and will have a full review ready to go Sunday night (pressure or what?).
The Canon Pixma Pro-1 is in stock at B&H for $999
Canon Pixma Pro-1 Box
Canon Pixma Pro-1 Goodies
Canon Pixma Pro-1
Canon showcasing the new goodies
Tech Radar makes the rounds with Canon’s new Pixma Pro-1 and EOS 1D X.
We said the build quality was going to be better, and that may have been an understatement. The new Pro-1 weighs a staggering 27kg.
I am probably going to buy one for the massive reduction in print time compared to the Pixma 9500 Mark II.
Said of the Pixma Pro-1
We are told that there could still be changes, but the results from the Pixma Pro-1 are very impressive. Colours are faithfully reproduced and there’s a rich range of tones and the contrast is just right.
We were particularly impressed with the results on glossy paper, which is traditionally a problem area with pigment inks. The Chroma Optimizer appears to do its job well and prints have even glossiness with no bronzing that we could see.
EOS 1D X
Tech Radar has also written up a 3 page hands-on preview of the new 1D X.
Said of the 1D X Autofocus
Our time with the EOS-1DX indicates that the normal phase detection AF system is capable of locking onto subjects very quickly even in very low light. Switch to live view or video mode, however and the contrast detection system is predictably slower and more hesitant – not much new to report there then.