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Canon U.S.A. Introduces Premium Pigment Inks at PRINT 13

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.

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Announcements in August [CR1]

Announcements in August [CR1]

What’s coming in August?
Some information came today explaining what will be coming from Canon in the month of August. Currently it sounds like 3 different announcement dates for various Canon imaging products.

First up?

Printers
We’re told that we should see new ImagePROGRAF printers sometime very soon, possibly next week.

PowerShot
New PowerShot cameras at the end of August is almost a given. I am told we’ll get a true replacement to the G12. The G1X was never really meant to replace the lower end cousin. I am also told we’ll see a small camera with an f/1.9 lens. There was no mention of specifications for either camera.

I also expect a new superzoom or two for the PowerShot lineup.

EOS M
I find this a bit unlikely, but it was also mentioned we’ll see a second EOS-M camera announced in the fall, probably not before Photokina though. It would be the “pro” model.  I’m confident one is coming, I’m just not sure it’s coming that soon. 

A new wide angle zoom lens
A new wide angle zoom for EF should be announced before Photokina in September. Could it be the long awaited EF 14-24?

EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
There are tons of these lenses in London currently, I expect an announcement this fall and pretty fast availability. 

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This & That – What Others are Saying

This & That – What Others are Saying

Rumor Roundup ala Planet5D
@PlanetMitch over at Planet5D has posted a rumor roundup that touches on Canons events in the next month or so.

He’s also invited me to talk live on his site on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 3PM EST.

Read the roundup

Patent – The return of the aperture ring.
@Photography Bay has posted a patent pertaining to aperture rings returning to lenses. The ring would be for video capture on DSLRs.

Read all about it 

PRO-1 Printer
Apparently the PRO-1 moniker is for a “series” of printers. I’m not sure if we’ll see more than one. I know printers aren’t all that exciting, we’re waiting for the juicy EOS stuff.

Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Availability?
The most recent information I have is it will be officially announced this fall, with a Q2 2012 availability.

Canon still has to start churning out the new 500 and 600.

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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.
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*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.

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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.

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More Announcements on Wednesday?

More Announcements on Wednesday?

February 9, 2011
A few people have suggested Canon will announce more products on February 9, 2011. The opening day of CP+.

If they do, I expect some printers. No word on any more cameras.

This is third party hearsay.

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