Canon Pixma Pro 9000 / 9500 MkII printers

Canon Pixma Pro 9000 / 9500 MkII printers

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Today Simon introduces two new printers from Canon – the Canon Pixma Pro9000 MkII and the Canon Pixma Pro9500 MkII.

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…

Canon Pixma Pro9000 mkII

Canon Pixma Pro9000 mkII

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.

Canon Pixma Pro9500 MkII

Canon Pixma Pro9500 MkII

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.

Check them out on Amazon – Canon Pixma Pro9000 MkIICanon Pixma Pro9500 MkII.

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.

Sime

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Sime (aka #gtvone) is the customer support manager for dPS, and lead blogger in our Cameras and Gear Blog. He's a Melbourne based photographer, www.gtvone.com and please feel free to follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

Some Older Comments

  • Maggie December 12, 2010 06:37 am

    Hey Richard, try a different printer cable. I know it sounds odd, but I was having a similar issue where my 9000Mrkii would print fine off my newer laptop and wouldn't print right off my desktop computer. I was using the same printer USB cable for both, but on a whim I tried the cable from my mom's computer and the problem was resolved.

  • Richard Farish November 5, 2010 11:28 pm

    Hope someone can help here.
    I purchased the Mk II about 6 months ago & found it very slow, When printing on A4 full colour (Photobook prints) in gives up half way through & ejects the paper, the help section suggests the file size is too big but I have tried PSD & jpeg medium files from photo shop with the same result.
    Hopefully someone can help or have I just wasted best part of a grand.

  • Joseph Wright July 28, 2010 11:09 am

    i am always watching for any product launch on the internet as i am a gadget addict myself.*."

  • Steve January 11, 2010 11:36 pm

    Thanks, useful, down-to-earth review and comments on both printers.

  • Dick Buck July 8, 2009 01:33 am

    I have a EOS Canon 5D with a 580 EX strob. Most of my flash photos are either very dark in the background,
    or burned in the foreground (groups of people) any ideas. Whole different ballgame from film.

    Thanks
    Dick

  • Richard July 7, 2009 01:16 pm

    I'm surprised you didn't mention that the 9000 (old and new) uses dye based inks and the 9500 (old and new) uses pigment inks. That's the big difference between them, not speed. And, the extra tanks in the 9500 are for doing black and white work (they're black inks).

    I have the first version of the 9000 and it's a wonderful printer. My guess is the MK II is a bit faster and has an improved paper feed mechanism.

    The 9500 has not been a big seller and I'm not sure exactly why. Epson pretty much owns this category (pigment printers) although I've heard great things about Canon's Lucia ink system on the higher end printers. The 9500 has the same ink system so I'm not sure what could be so bad about it.

    I'd love to read an actual review from someone who's used one and also used a 9000. I hope you'll consider writing one.

  • damn it May 12, 2009 07:14 am

    Apart from the claimed speed improvements, the other two "major" differences are:
    • Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 and Canon Easy-PhotoPrint Pro plug-in software included
    • Ambient Light Correction feature

  • Dick April 22, 2009 09:48 pm

    Does the 9000, and the 9500 mark II have replaceable drop tanks

  • Gerhard April 14, 2009 09:02 pm

    I own a 9000 printer (mark I) and am very happy with it. Looks like the new one is a bit faster but that's about it. Only thing confusing me about the press release is the claimed 27 minutes for printing an A3+. I regularly print that size with images that have a resolution of 350 dpi at 13 x 19 inches and my prints take less than 10 minutes at best quality. Haven't timed them but am sure they are hugely under 10 minutes.
    Also, for some time now, you can download the latest driver which gives the 9000 16 bits per channel printing capability from Windows so nothing new there I'm afraid. Been printing 16bpc since December I think...Damned if I can see a diference...

  • Kevin April 8, 2009 11:11 pm

    Cyan page count, never heard of that being an important factor when choosing a printer. It might have to do with the fact that the 9000 is Dye based ink and the 9500 is pigment based ink.