As we reported yesterday, Canon went public with two new additions to the Pixma Pro line on Monday.  Yesterday afternoon we met with Canon to get a hands-on look at the new Pixma Pros.

The Pixma Pro9500 Mark II is a standout among all of Canon’s latest photo printer announcements.  The ten color machine features three different blacks: a photo black, matte black and gray.  Because of this, Canon is recommending the Pro9500 for any photographer interested in printing lots of black and white photo prints.  The sample photos they had on display at their booth backs up this suggestion – black definition like you rarely see.

The Pro9500 uses pigment-based ink, another bonus in my book, and all the colors and three blacks are loaded individually so users only replace the specific color they need.  They couldn’t give us an exact number on how many photos the ten cartridges yield before needing to be replaced but an approximate number of 30-50 13x19 prints was mentioned.

The good looking Pro9000 - at half the price of the Pro9500 - might be the right direction for color photo enthusiasts.  It uses dye based ink and has slightly fewer colors to work with, eight to be exact (cyan, magenta, yellow, photo black, photo magenta, photo cyan, red and green).  The color photo samples Canon had on display were excellent.

The new Pixma Pros can hold up to a pound of consumables and feature the new Ambient Light function.  This feature allows users to change settings before printing based on where the finished print will hang - be it in a gallery, a home or school.  Based on color temperatures, users can choose from preset ranges thanks to supplied Canon software.

We took a quick gander at the large format imagePROGRAF machines.  There are several models ranging from the 17 inch iPF5100 device up to the 60 inchiPF9100 model - a recent winner of a DIMA award, a fact Canon was quick to mention.  They had the 44-inch iPF8100 model on display at the booth, shown below.



Besides showing off a ton of new products at PMA, Canon was also showing off their greener side.  Most of the reps working at the booths were wearing green pins and they had green displays up giving visitors an idea of the direction the company is headed in regards to environmental impact initiatives.

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