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Canon Intros iPF5000

(May 2006) posted on Fri May 26, 2006

12-color printer uses pigment inkset


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.

CANON USA

www.usa.canon.com


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