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My friend Matt and I have this long lasting debate “Print your own photos V’s Having images printed professionally” I bought a Canon’s stylish six ink dye based printer the PIXMA iP6700D a couple of years back with the full intention to start printing my own photos and filling my house with prints that I’d captured, edited and printed myself – well, that was the plan! I don’t have a lot of space in the place I am living right now (Think small London apartment!) and so, the printer was relegated to sitting atop the box it was delivered in, not a very sturdy work surface, I’m sure you will agree. As a result, I’ve maybe used it five times…
Matt is having himself a back and forth about getting one of the new generation photo printers right now, I’m saying it’s easier to go to a print shop / email someone like BPD Photec your digital files for printing at the high end or Snappy Snaps or the like for your every day, run of the mill prints at a really low price. Matt’s not convinced…
What I am trying to do here with these “product released” blog posts is to make you guys think a little more about the products in them and how they effect you. My last post, which was a product launch post about the new Canon eos 500D caused quite a stir, and that’s a good thing! what it means is that we get some great feedback and some good conversation started as a result.
The product I am writing about today, or as it happens, the “products” that I am writing about today are the two new printers from Canon, the Canon Pixma Pro 9000 MkII and the Canon Pixma Pro 9500 MkII – The main difference here is that the 9500 model is a 3pl ten nozzle printer with the 9000 model having eight 2pl micro-nozzles. (Yes, only eight!) They will both print to A3+ with the 9500 doing it in 240 seconds and the 9000 screaming over the line with an 83 second print – Those extra two micro-nozzles slow the bigger fellow right down.They both take pretty much every photo paper / fine art paper you can find from 64 to 105 g/m² and supported Canon special media up to 300 g/m² (That’s paper upto 1.2mm thick) They will both print your dvd/cd labels and the Canon Pixma Pro 9000 MkII will also do transparency, t-shirt stickers and photo stickers.
Both are supported in Mac and Windows environments (no mention of Linux but I’m sure a driver won’t be far away)
Now, I’m no “printer guru” but the one thing that jumped out at me as a decent difference between the two models was the page count difference. The Pixma Pro9500 MkII will print 2025 Cyan pages as opposed to the “estimated supplemental yield” from the Pixma Pro9000 MkII of 625 pages. (At the time of writing I have no clue why, but I will try to find out)
So, Anyway! These two Pixma Pro series printers look very nice, but as this is only a press release, I can’t tell you much more about them until review time which I hope will come very soon.
PRESS RELEASE FOR THE Canon Pixma Pro9000 MkII
United Kingdom / Republic of Ireland, 25 March 2009: Canon today announces a new way for serious photographers to create professional-quality prints up to A3+ or 14” wide: the PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II. Replacing the PIXMA Pro9000, the PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II refines the design of its predecessor to offer faster, higher-quality monochrome printing, a wider range of supported media, and a new Ambient Light Correction feature.
Print for gallery or portfolio
Taking full advantage of Canon’s rich imaging heritage, the PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II creates vibrant and professional-quality prints. Default printing speeds in monochrome are now nearly three times faster (The PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II produces an A3+ bordered print in 9mins30sec on PR-201, versus 27min14sec with the PIXMA Pro9000 on PR-101) than before, while accurate colour reproduction across a wide colour gamut is guaranteed by the 8-colour ChromaLife100 Single-Inks system. The addition of 16 bits per channel print capability, with 276 trillion different colours available, offers outstandingly smooth tonal gradations.
Tiny 2pl ink droplets are placed with precision, using Canon’s FINE print head technology. And because the PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II uses a system of single, individually replaceable inks, wastage is minimised.
Media for every occasion
The PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II provides photographers with an extensive choice of print media options. Canon’s own range of media includes Gloss, Semi-gloss and Matte Photo Papers, plus Fine Art media. Users can also load the PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II with a variety of specialist, third-party media – such as Baryta types, canvas, and numerous other Fine Art media from leading manufacturers including Canson, Hahnemühle, Innova, PCM Takeo and Pictorico. A flat paper path ensures that media up to 1.2mm thick remain pristine and crease-free.
Precision colour control
Included with the PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II is Canon’s Easy-PhotoPrint Pro software (Canon Easy-Photo Print Pro is compatible with Adobe Photoshop (CS, CS2, CS3, CS4), Canon Digital Photo Professional 2.1 or later, and Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 (included)) – a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Canon Digital Photo Professional and the bundled Adobe Photoshop Elements 6. Easy-PhotoPrint Pro allows photographers to batch print different images from Photoshop or Digital Photo Professional, simplifying the procedure by giving access to all the required print settings on one screen. When used with Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software, the plug-in enables Canon EOS photographers to print directly from RAW files without having to convert images to any intermediate formats. Users of other D-SLR cameras can use Adobe Photoshop Elements to enable RAW file conversion and printing.
New for the PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II is an Ambient Light Correction feature using Canon Kyuanos technology (See Technologies Explained). Users can select the type of lighting under which a print will be displayed; the colours in the final print are then automatically adjusted to ensure that the displayed result looks just the way the photographer intended.
“Serious photography enthusiasts want their images to look good, wherever they’re used” said Rainer Fuehres, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging, Europe. “The PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II provides a complete one-box solution to that demand.”
Pricing and availability:
The PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II is available from June 2009 priced at £499.00 / €559.00 RRP inc. VAT.
Key features: PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II
• A3+ & 14” wide professional inkjet printer
• Up to 4800 x 2400 dpi resolution with 2pl drop size and FINE print head technology
• 8-colour ChromaLife100 Single-Inks system
• Wide range of Canon and third-party media support
• Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 and Canon Easy-PhotoPrint Pro plug-in software included
• Ambient Light Correction feature
• 16-bits per channel photo printing
• PictBridge compatibility for standalone use
• DVD/CD printing
PRESS RELEASE FOR THE Canon Pixma Pro9500 MkII
United Kingdom / Republic of Ireland, 25 March 2009: Canon today announces a powerful new tool for professional photographers to create gallery-quality images for exhibition and sale. The PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II is a versatile, 10-colour pigment inkjet printer, capable of producing outstanding, long-lasting prints up to A3+ size or 14” wide.
Images as they were intended
For exceptional colour accuracy and gamut, the PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II uses a 10-colour pigment based single ink system as standard, including matte black and photo black, allowing photographers to print on gloss and matte media without the need for swapping ink tanks.
The right media – for any image
Finding the correct print media is crucial in turning an image into a saleable product. To maximise potential profit, the PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II prints to a comprehensive range of Canon and non-Canon media. Stunning, high-quality prints can be printed onto Canon high gloss media without bronzing or gloss differential; other supported Canon media includes Semi-gloss, Matte Photo Paper and Fine Art media.
The PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II supports ICC profiles for many specialist media. These include Baryta types, canvas, and numerous Fine Art media from leading brands such as Canson, Hahnemühle, Innova, Moab, Somerset, Crane, PCM and Pictorico. For additional flexibility you can create custom ICC profiles, using Canon’s Colour Management Tool Pro 2 software with selected X-Rite colour spectrophotometers.
The addition of 16 bits per channel print capability – with 276 trillion possible colours – offers outstandingly smooth tonal gradations in both colour and monochrome prints. Dedicated monochrome inks minimise problems such as colour casting, and allow photographers to reproduce a smoother range of neutral and grayscale tones.
New for the PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II is an Ambient Light Correction feature using Canon Kyuanos technology (See Technologies Explained). Users can select the type of lighting under which a print will be displayed; the colours in the final print are then automatically adjusted to ensure that the displayed result looks just the way the photographer intended.
Prints that last
Print longevity is the key to selling or showing your images with confidence. The PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II uses Canon LUCIA pigment inks, which are specially designed to deliver long-lasting prints that retain their vibrancy for generations.
Designed for working photographers
Professional photographers can integrate the PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II directly into their workflow by using the included Canon Easy-PhotoPrint Pro plug-in, which allows printing directly from Adobe Photoshop and the supplied Adobe Photoshop Elements software (Canon Easy-Photo Print Pro is compatible with Adobe Photoshop (CS, CS2, CS3, CS4), Canon Digital Photo Professional 2.1or later, and Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 (included)). Canon EOS users can use the plug-in to print RAW files directly from Canon Digital Photo Professional software.
The PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II is made to accommodate the rigours of a professional photographer’s workload. Its sturdy design – built around a rigid 1.6mm thick steel chassis – endures heavy usage to deliver reliable, consistent performance.
“The PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II is for photographers who are serious about exhibiting and selling their images,” said Rainer Fuehres, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. “Even on high gloss media, results remain consistently stunning.”
Pricing and availability:
The PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II is available from June 2009 priced at £729.00 / €819.00 RRP inc. VAT.
Key features: PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II
• A3+ and 14” wide professional inkjet printer
• 10 Single Inks
• Lucia Pigment Inks for image longevity
• Exceptional glossy media printing
• Striking neutral monochrome prints
• Archival prints on Fine Art media
• Adobe Photoshop Elements & Canon Easy PhotoPrint Pro Plug-In software supplied
• 16bits per channel photo printing
• Ambient Light Correction feature
• Wide range of third party media supported
• Flat media path
• DVD/CD Direct Printing
I’d love to hear about your personal printing experiences either here or in the forums in THIS thread.