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The Pixma Pro-1 Gets Official

The Pixma Pro-1 Gets Official

As expected, Canon makes the Pixma Pro-1 official.
Canon Australia today announced the launch of its new flagship PIXMA Pro series model, the PIXMA PRO-1, the world’s first A3+ printer to feature 12 separate inks. Featuring an EOS-inspired design, the stylish model produces the highest possible print quality in colour and monochrome, perfect for professional and serious amateur photographers, and exceptional levels of productivity make it ideal for studio use and commercial exhibitions.

 

“The PIXMA PRO-1 is the ultimate A3+ printer for anyone who demands the very best print quality and the longevity that LUCIA pigment inks deliver, or anyone with commercial requirements such as high output productivity, large ink capacity and easy workflow integration,” said Beryl Thomas, Brand Manager – PIXMA, Canon Australia. “Users in professional settings will appreciate the drastic improvements in output performance achieved by the new tubular ink supply, as well as workflow benefits from Ethernet connectivity, automatic ICC profile detection and compatibility with the Adobe Photoshop suite.”

Groundbreaking 12-ink system for superb results
The unique 12-ink system significantly expands colour gamut in most areas and features new Chroma Optimizer for increased black density and uniform glossiness. Five monochrome inks produce professional quality black-and-white prints with excellent detail in shadow and highlight areas, as well as smooth tonal gradation and suppressed graininess. Next-generation LUCIA pigment inks are used for outstanding image permanence, enabling photo-album archival life of more than 200 years.

Exceptional quality colour and monochrome prints
The PIXMA PRO-1 supports 1200 pixel-per-inch (ppi) input resolution (double compared with previous generations of PIXMA Pros) to reflect the increasing number of pixels available on professional cameras and produce smoother prints with high resolutions of up to 4800 x 2400 dots per inch (dpi). The new Optimum Image Generating (OIG) system analyses the photo colour and precisely calculates the optimum ink combination and volume of ink droplets, which are then accurately placed on the paper by Canon’s FINE print head with 12,288 nozzles.

“The Pixma Pro-1 is the ultimate A3+ printer for anyone who demands the very best print quality and longevity…”

The OIG system enhances colour reproduction, natural tonal gradations and uniform glossiness in each print mode and media type, to produce print quality so realistic it almost jumps off the page. Smooth tonal gradations in colour and monochrome prints are achieved through 16-bits-per-channel printing capability. The new PIXMA PRO-1 also features three colour modes, including the new Photo Colour print mode which reproduces fresh blues and greens to match people’s memory of colours. Linear Tone mode reproduces colours with a linear tone curve, while the ICC Profiles mode means users can utilise paper-specific colour profiles or create their own for added convenience.

Productivity on a commercial scale
The PIXMA PRO-1 can produce a gallery-quality A3+ print in approximately 2 minutes 55 seconds, down from 7 minutes 55 seconds for the PIXMA Pro9500 MkII. A 2.5x larger ink tank capacity compared with the nearest PIXMA model ensures longer running periods can be maintained between ink changes. Front-opening panels enable easy access to the tanks either side of the main printer body and, for efficiency, the rear tray takes up to 20 sheets of photo paper, while the manual feed slot accepts photo paper up to 356mm (14”) wide and heavier fine art papers.

For saleable prints, real-time droplet volume control stabilises colour and ink density, ensuring consistency of colour output from print to print. Reliability in a commercial environment is assured through the use of features commonly found on large format professional printers, including a mist fan with an air circulation system and a tubular ink supply system separate to the print head for faster print speed. An Ethernet connection ensures the PIXMA PRO-1 can be shared easily over a network enabling multiple device connection for enhanced efficiency.

Simplify workflow and professional colour control
The PIXMA PRO-1 comes with Easy-PhotoPrint Pro plug-in software which simplifies printer settings and allows batch printing. Support has now also been expanded to the full Adobe Photoshop® family, including Lightroom®III. The printer can also automatically select the correct ICC profile for each Canon paper, and an expanded range of ICC profiles is available for Fine Art papers from well known manufacturers.

Canon’s Colour Management Tool Pro softwareIV supports x-rite colour management tools, including Colour Munki Photo and Colour Munki Design, and enables users to create custom ICC profiles to ensure the optimum output quality. The PIXMA PRO-1 also includes the Ambient Light Correction feature so that users can select the type of lighting under which a print will be displayed. The print colours are then automatically adjusted to ensure the very best colour reproduction under different viewing conditions.

The PIXMA PRO-1 will be available nationally in Australia from early November 2011 (RRP: $1499).

The Pixma Pro-1 Key Features

  • Groundbreaking 12-ink system with exceptional colour gamut
  • Chroma Optimizer for uniform glossiness and crisp, sharp blacks
  • New LUCIA pigment inks ensure outstanding photo permanence
  • New tubular ink supply system for high-speed (A3+ photo in just 2 min 55 secI) and high-capacity ink tanks, ensuring long periods between replacements
  • Wide range of media support including 356mm (14”) wide and thick media
  • Easy-PhotoPrint Pro plug-in for efficient printing workflow; Ethernet connectivity for sharing

Canon Pixma PRO-1 [CR3]

Canon Pixma PRO-1 [CR3]

New Printer
Canon will be announcing the Pixma PRO-1 for the PDN show in New York City at the end of October.

Specs

  • A3+ Printer (13″ Wide)
  • 12 Cartridges
  • A Gloss Enhancement Cartridge (unsure if it’s addition to the 12 cartridges or included)
  • Better built than the Pixma 9500
  • Small well built cartridges
  • Unknown retail price 
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*UPDATE* Pixma Pro 1 Series? [CR1]

*UPDATE* Pixma Pro 1 Series? [CR1]

New Pixmas
A series called “Pixma Pro 1″ printers are apparently to be launched sometime in the next 6 weeks. There may have been something lost in translation on the “series” of printers, it could just be one called Pixma Pro 1.

Features

  • Clean lines in design
  • No LCD screen
  • 12 Cartridges
  • A new type of coating cartridge? I didn’t understand exactly what was meant.
  • Announcement within 6-7 weeks

I’ve been hearing about 12 cartridge printers for a while now, we’ll see. The source is good on this one.

*UPDATE*
There was another printer that was supposed to be announced last spring and never was.

The printer that was supposed to be launched last spring was code named ‘Renoir’ and was basically a 9500 (pigment ink), but it has a unique design.

The ink is in the base, so it doesn’t add weight to the print head. The ink then goes via tubes to the print head. Since the head is not weighted down, the ‘Renoir’ can print at extremely high speed.

No word whether or not this printer or technology will reach market.
cr

*UPDATE* Announcement Dates [CR2]

*UPDATE* Announcement Dates [CR2]

*UPDATE*
[CR3] was a typo, it should be [CR2]. Sorry about that. I have heard from others places we’ll be seeing new PowerShots around the 15th of September.

When?
The first announcement date I have received is September 15, 2011. There are events planned in Shanghai, China on September 16, 2011.

By the looks of it, it’ll be compacts (PowerShot) only.

When else?
September 27 should be  another announcement date. There will be events on September 28 showing off new Canon printing solutions. Invites are out for various European countries.

DSLR?
All is quiet on the DSLR front.

cr

Additional Rebates on the 9000 Mark II & 9500 Mark II Via Canon USA Tomorrow

Additional Rebates on the 9000 Mark II & 9500 Mark II Via Canon USA Tomorrow

Starting July 29, 2011.
The Pixma 9000 Mark II and Pixma 9500 Mark II will receive additional rebate amounts when purchased with a Canon DSLR. Both printers have mail in rebates if bought on their own. The rebates will become official tomorrow. I hear you’re basically going to get a free A3+ printer with the purchase of any Canon DSLR.

New Printers Coming?
Yes, we’ll see new A3+ printers announced in the coming weeks. I’ve been told there will be a 12 ink solution.

cr

What’s Coming Next Week?

What’s Coming Next Week?

*UPDATE*
Above is the official press invite for Sweden. Scheduled for February 7, 2011. The embargo must end at 12:00AM on the 7th.

thanks Swede

Two hints so far
A 12 color Pixma Pro printer looks to be on the immediate horizon. No clue yet on the print size capabilities.

The 2nd hint is a new Rebel and another camera.

I haven’t received any information about new PowerShot cameras yet.

cr

New ImagePROGRAF Printers

We announced these a while back. It looks like they’ve become USA official.

Yes, we all hope that this isn’t it before WPPI.

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 22, 2010 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging and advanced office solutions, today answers the increasing demand for large format prints in the photographic, proofing and graphic arts market with the introduction of three new imagePROGRAF large format models – the 44-inch imagePROGRAF iPF8300, 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF6350 and the iPF6300. Designed for precise, ultra high-quality print performance and increased productivity, each model features Canon’s new, 12-Color LUCIA EX pigment ink set and advanced printing technologies specifically developed to produce prints with an enhanced color range and improved durability. The new imagePROGRAF models will be unveiled at the Wedding & Portrait Photographer International (WPPI) Convention at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, March 8-11, 2010.

“In just four short years, Canon has introduced more than 20 imagePROGRAF large format printers to the market with each new model raising the bar for outstanding, vibrant image quality and overall versatility,” said Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. “Coupled with our new LUCIA EX ink set and advanced media capabilities, the new imagePROGRAF models represent an ideal solution for the graphic, fine art, photography and proofing markets.”

Enhanced Color Spectrum
With increasing consumer demand for professional and high-quality print jobs, high-end graphic and photographic studios continue to seek the capability to accurately produce vivid output of consumers’ most demanding projects. To enhance its available color spectrum, the new imagePROGRAF models feature a revolutionary all-new 12-Color LUCIA EX pigment ink set increasing the achievable color gamut by approximately 20 percent from the previous imagePROGRAF iPFx100 series and enabling over 90 percent coverage of PANTONE ® (*) colors to produce rich expression. Additionally, to better meet the needs of the professional print market, the new models feature a reinforced mechanical structure to enable precise ink placement for improved text and line accuracy, making these new devices a powerful proofing solution.

Exquisite Photographic Output
The introduction of the new LUCIA EX ink provides photographers with the ability to precisely achieve their desired results by producing more expressive and crisp blacks, smooth color gradations, and the capability to reproduce the finest details in the shadow areas of photographs. The new inks are also designed with an innovative polymer structure that results in greater scratch resistance and protection from color fading, while also reducing bronzing and metamerism ensuring durable, stable output.

Wilhelm Imaging Research (WIR), the world’s leading independent image permanence testing laboratory, has been evaluating the new Canon LUCIA EX expanded-gamut, 12-color pigment inks. Henry Wilhelm, president of WIR commented, “A review of preliminary data from the still ongoing tests indicates that prints made with LUCIA EX pigment inks and select photo and fine art papers will achieve WIR Display Permanence Ratings in excess of 75 years for color images and well beyond 200 years for black-and-white images. In addition, LUCIA EX pigment inks exhibit excellent short-term color drift (“dry-down”) behavior, which is critically important for color-managed workflows and in proofing applications. The new LUCIA EX inks also achieved WIR’s highest rating for resistance to damage from atmospheric ozone, a particular concern in urban environments in situations where prints might be displayed unframed and exposed to ambient indoor air.”

Simplified Workflows
Recognizing the expanding array of media options for large format printers and to further improve the versatility of these new imagePROGRAF models, Canon has developed a new Media Configuration Tool which allows customers to not only utilize genuine Canon-branded media, but provides the ability to add and make adjustments to paper settings to enhance the precision and quality of output achieved with third-party media. Upon release of the new printer, ICC profiles of popular media types from Intelicoat, Ilford, LexJet and Moab will be available for download on their respective corporate Web sites.

To expand print options and improve proofing capabilities, the iPF8300, iPF6350 and iPF6300 come bundled with a new Print Plug-In for Photoshop®, Digital Photo Professional and support for Adobe Color Management Module, enabling features such as Black Point Compensation. Through the Photoshop Plug-In, each new model allows 16-bit RGB images edited in Photoshop to be sent directly to the imagePROGRAF printers, preserving smooth and high gradation.

Brian Hampton, an award-winning nature photographer printing with a Canon imagePROGRAF for the first time stated, “The quality of the print is amazing. I was particularly impressed by the iPF8300′s ability to reproduce shadow details in a way that exceeds anything I’ve seen previously on the market. It’s quite a step above the competition.” Hampton also noted the built-in workflow solutions and commented, “The ability to export out of Photoshop via the plug-in is outstanding. Many of its capabilities perform as well as an RIP program without the additional cost.”

Maximize Productivity
In order to support high-volume printing and streamline workflows the Canon iPF8300 and iPF6350 come equipped with an 80 GB high-capacity hard disk drive (HDD) that allows for faster spooling of large files as well as the ability to reprint jobs directly from the printer. To ensure the highest level of productivity and reduce overall print time, all new models are also equipped with a standard gigabit Ethernet network interface and an automatic dual-blade cutter.

In those environments that utilize a complete workflow solution in conjunction with CGS, EFI, Ergosoft, GMG, ONYX and other leading RIP manufacturers, updated drivers will be available for download upon the release of the printers from their respective Web sites.

Precision Technology
To fully capitalize on the dynamic color range of the new LUCIA EX ink set, each new imagePROGRAF model employs two advanced one-inch print heads, each featuring 2,560 nozzles per color and outputting a super fine four picoliter (pl) droplet at a full 2400×1200 dots-per-inch resolution (dpi) to reproduce details with extraordinary accuracy and clarity. Paired with enhanced plug-ins and new, High Precision Printing Modes, these new imagePROGRAF models provide an extremely high level of photographic and proofing quality prints.

The new imagePROGRAF iPF8300, iPF6350 and iPF6300 are compliant with U.S. ENERGY STAR energy-saving standards and RoHS compliance standards. The new Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8300, iPF6350 and iPF6300 large format printers will be on display at WPPI booth 401 in Las Vegas, NV from March 8-10, 2010. The imagePROGRAF iPF8300/6350/6300 will start shipping in March for a manufacturers suggested retail price of $5,995, $3,995 and $3,695, respectively.

*UPDATE* Odds & Ends

*UPDATE*

Error 500
If you’re like myself and some other readers, you’ve been experiencing a few or a lot of Error 500 messages whenever you navigate Canon Rumors. I guess this is good news, as I have outgrown the hosting capabilities of my current package. Because of this, Canon Rumors is moving to a dedicated server.

The switchover will hopefully go unnoticed by the end users. It should be completed over the next 7 days.

Thanks to everyone that frequents the site and have made it such a huge success. Growth continues!

cr guy

1Ds3 & 1D3 Price Drops (HK)
You can read about the price drops on the two EOS-1′s.

http://www.canon.com.hk/Download.aspx?pressrelease_id=10366&file_type=1

thanks everyone

Zeiss ZE 18 f/3.5
Received a notification that we can expect a release sometime in the last quarter of 2009.

I’m looking forward to it.

thanks Gregor

New Laser Printers
Adding to its robust line-up of award-winning imageRUNNER systems and helping to redefine desktop productivity, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging and office solutions, today introduced its latest desktop laser beam printer (LBP) – the Color imageRUNNER LBP5460. This model is the newest addition to the Company’s successful LBP desktop printer line, which also includes the Color imageRUNNER LBP5975 and LBP5970, both introduced last year.

http://www.usa.canon.com/templatedata/pressrelease/20090803_lbp5460.html

Hahnemuhle Adds Canon Pixma Pro 9500 Mark II Profiles
I asked Hahnemuhle about 9500 Mark II profiles and they sent me the following email.

“The profiles of the Canon 9500 work on the Mark II, too. It’s the same technology.
Here you can download them http://www.hahnemuehle.com/site/en/222/canon.html#kat8

My Next Camera
The Leica M9 has made its way into the rumor world. It looks like we’ll see an announcement in September.

There’s still speculation it will use the Canon 5D Mark II Sensor. Others feel it’s going to be a full frame Kodak sensor. As long as it works, I don’t care what’s in it.

The projected cost of the camera is $7700 USD.

cr

Canon Pro9000 Mark II & Pro9500 Mark II

Available everywhere!

"Don't let your images live as jpgs"

"Don't let your images live only as jpgs"

If you’ve been waiting to jump into home printing, the 2 new prosumer printers appear to be available everywhere.

Both printers produce great results. If you’re into b&w photography, the 9500 is the way to go.

If you already own a 9000 or 9500, they aren’t worth an upgrade.

I currently use the 9500 and Hahnemuhle papers, I’ve never been happier with a printer.

cr

Canon Pro9500 ICC Profiles for Epson Papers

UPDATE
I was unable to properly profile Epson Lustre or Premium Matte Papers

Personal Project

Canon Pixma Pro 9500

Canon Pixma Pro 9500I've printed the color charts for a couple of 5 star Epson papers that I plan to profile tomorrow for the Pro9500.

- Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte
- Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster

If anyone wants to try out my ICC profiles for these papers, drop me an email and I’ll send them off when I’m finished on Sunday.

I’m also redoing the profile for the Canon Fine Art Matte paper. Canon’s profile is horrible for me. I’ll do the profile to eliminate the 35mm margin Canon requires for the fine art papers. If anyone wants this profile as well, just let me know.

I’d be curious to know if others had success with my profiles.

cr