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Key Features Include Rich Color Reproduction, Longevity and Detailed Expression of Gradation

MELVILLE, N.Y., October 18, 2016 – Photographers have a wide range of paper options when printing their work and choosing the right paper to match the work is key to professional and amateur photographers alike. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, continues to show their commitment to the professional printing market by announcing today three new Premium Fine Art papers — Premium Fine Art Smooth, Premium Fine Art Bright White and Premium Polished Rag. Designed to produce, rich-color reproduction, and detailed expression of gradation, these new papers will help photographers take their images to the next level and create works of art.

“Canon continues to be committed to our professional printing audience and these new papers are a great example of providing the tools needed to create great artwork,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Having a wide range of versatile media support for our printers allows users to choose the best paper to create their masterpiece.”

Premium Fine Art Smooth paper is designed to produce a deep, rich black by allowing the pigment to reside close to the surface of the paper. This line of paper separates the ink-receiving layers into a color-reproduction layer and an absorbing layer allowing more pigment to remain on the surface of the paper for a dramatically improved color reproduction. Premium Fine Art Smooth uses 100% cotton for the base and it does not contain lignin, a causative substance that can result in yellow discoloration. This is an acid-free paper suitable for archival prints and image longevity. Additionally, when using the newly optimized LUCIA PRO ink, users will realize deeper black density, detail gradation of shadow and increased image longevity. The new Premium Fine Art Smooth adopts “natural” for tone of color, and “smooth” for texture of paper surface. The combination of the thickness of the paper and the soft, tender texture of cotton achieves a luxurious feeling final product. This 310 gsm paper is available in cut sheet sizes as well as 17, 24, 36 and 44-inch roll sizes.

Premium Fine Art Bright White is a high-quality, 100% cotton, acid-free inkjet paper with a bright white tone that provides more visual contrast. The very smooth and silky surface lends itself to high-color consistency and gamut making it ideal for profound photographic prints and fine art reproductions. This 305 gsm media is available in 24, 36, 44 and 60-inch roll sizes.

Premium Polished Rag is a semi-glossy, acid-free, bright white, 100% cotton-based paper designed to meet the needs of photographers or artists using digital photographic output and computer-generated artwork. These museum-quality papers provide excellent image sharpness and superb color gradation. They provide high-color consistency and gamut while being free of optical brighteners. This 305 gsm media paper is available in 24, 36 and 44 and 60-inch roll sizes.

These Canon Premium Fine Art papers are now available to order. For more information: http://www.usa.canon.com/

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I've a roll of the fine art smooth on its way to me at the moment (the others are not yet available in the UK afaik)

I'll be testing it in the PRO-2000 I've had here since my review of the printer.

Also due for testing is a roll of a new banner 'paper' that's rated for 6 months outdoors using the ink set of the PRO-2000

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I remember reading on your blog Keith your comments on owning large printers. If you don't print often you can have many issues (paraphrasing here). This has stuck with me in regards to all photo printers. I might print 10 images a year for personal use and under 500 for sale and use a service for this. So I have yet to buy one.
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I remember reading on your blog Keith your comments on owning large printers. If you don't print often you can have many issues (paraphrasing here). This has stuck with me in regards to all photo printers. I might print 10 images a year for personal use and under 500 for sale and use a service for this. So I have yet to buy one.
I think at the volume you mention (which is more than I do - print is not a big contributor to the 'bottom line') you would likely be OK, but it's definitely something to work out the real costs for.

Well, OK as long as the 500 are not all done in one month ;-)

That article has I've been told, made more than a few people think twice about large format printers.

It's one of my articles/reviews not so widely shared by printer marketing departments ;-) :-)

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This has stuck with me in regards to all photo printers. I might print 10 images a year for personal use and under 500 for sale and use a service for this. So I have yet to buy one.

In my two years experience since I bought a Pixma Pro - printing a few A4/A3 prints per month, and sometimes also leaving it a few weeks without printing - I never had issues.

Don't know if it is because large format printers are designed with a different user in mind than the relatively lower-end ones, expecting the latter will print less (and ink cartridges size follows as well).

Cost per print is a totally different issue, and really I didn't buy a printer to save. I like being able to use the papers I prefer, and fully control the whole process, fine tuning it when needed.

It is true my results are quite probably still inferior of what a professional service can deliver, but they are also probably better than many consumer services. I don't regret to have got a photo printer.

But I'm not running a business, if so probably I would rely on a professional service too, unless the business itself would justify printing in-house, especially if it requires running a large format printer.

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Also due for testing is a roll of a new banner 'paper' that's rated for 6 months outdoors using the ink set of the PRO-2000

The banner paper may explain why Canon is now promoting its poster/banner printing software, I see a "lite" version is now downloadable for free by Pixma Pro users too. Do you know if it will be available also in other formats too? Does it require any post-printing processing?

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I'll be interested in peoples results and impressions from these papers. Canon seem to be upping their printing game, which is great news.

Does anybody know of a good paper review site? I have been sticking to Epson Premium Lustre but know I can do better for some prints.

Too often we lose sight of the fact that photography is about capturing light, if we have the ability to take control of that light then we grow exponentially as photographers. More often than not the image is not about lens speed, sensor size, DR, MP's or AF, it is about the light.

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