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Canon Intros iPF5000

12-color printer uses pigment inkset

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Canon has debuted a new 12-color imageProGraf iPF5000 pigment ink printer--a desktop unit that can produce output up to 17-in. wide. The imageProGraf iPF5000"?s features are especially focused around color gamut, speed, and software:

  • Color gamut: The iPF5000 printer"?s new Lucia pigmented inkset features CMYRGB + regular black and matte black + photo cyan and photo magenta + gray and photo gray. The use of additional ink colors such as gray, blue, red, and green, says Canon, allows the printer to more accurately reproduce tones within these color ranges using significantly less ink, and to reduce metamerism. In addition, the use of gray tones allows the printer to render smooth gradation for high-quality monotone output. Note: The iPF5000 loads all 12 ink tanks at once and automatically switches between regular black and matte black, helping eliminate wasted ink and swap time.
  • Speed and throughput: The iPF5000 uses Canon"?s new dual printhead design as well as a new L-COA (for Large-format printer Common Architecture) high-speed controller. The printhead design has a total of 30,720 ink nozzles; the printer employs 2560 nozzles per color for rapid print speeds, a maximum resolution of 2400 x 1200 dpi, and a 4-picoliter droplet size. The increased number of nozzles and automatic clogged-nozzle detection feature helps reduce wear-and-tear on the printhead. The printer can achieve print speeds of less than 3 min for 16.5 x 23.4-in. (A2 size) prints at 1200 x 1200 dpi on glossy photo paper, Canon reports.
    The iPF5000 also offers three standard media-feed scenarios"?a frontloading cassette for precut sheets, a rear manual feed for sheets, and a front straight path manual feed for thicker media (up to 1.5 mm). An optional roll feed for longer paper lengths also is available. The printer features automatic media switching between the cassette and the roll feed so users can keep two media types loaded and ready to print. A built-in rotary media cutter is standard.
  • Software: The iPF5000 provides a suite of workflow software, including: a Print Plug-in for Digital Photo Professional (DPP) software, which allows users to directly process and print RAW image files from their DPP software and allows for the processing of 16-bit RGB images; an imageProGraf Printer Driver 2006 that provides advanced color-control capability, including ICC color matching and a Monochrome Photo mode; Digital Photo Print Pro, an image-editing and management program; and PosterArtist 2006 for creating signs and posters. MSRP: $1945.

Canon has also introduced its Pixma Pro9500 and Pixma Pro9000 printers. The Pro9500 is a 10-color pigment printer (CMYRG plus photo cyan, photo magenta, photo black, matte black, and gray), while the Pro9000 is an 8-color dye-based unit (CMYKRG plus photo cyan and photo magenta). Both can print sizes up to 13 x 19 in.

In addition, Canon debuted two fine-art photo papers"?Photo Rag and Fine Art Paper Premium Matte. The latter is a heavy 210-gsm paper with a smooth matte finish. Both papers are available in 8.5 x 11- and 13 x 19-in. sizes.


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