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Zooming in on Photo Plus

(January 2008) posted on Fri Jan 11, 2008

A snapshot of highlights from the 2007 show.


By Clare Baker

Like their predecessors, the printers offer a maximum resolution of 2400 x 1200 dpi and a 12-color inkset (CMYKRGB, photo cyan, photo magenta, matte black, gray, and photo gray). The printers also feature Canon’s FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) printhead technology, with 30,720 ink nozzles, and a dual printhead design, which includes an improved dithering pattern and produces 4-pl ink droplets.

The printers include Canon’s L-COA high-speed controller, which features a new intelligent screen dot pattern and precise ink drop control, eliminating even more visible dot graininess than the iPF9000 and iPF8000. The printers will carry the same pricepoints as their predecessors: iPF9100, $14,995; iPF8100, $5995.

Canon also announced the development of two telephoto lenses for its EOS SLR, the EF200mm f/2L IS USM and the EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM. Both lenses feature an Image Stabilizer and optical systems utilizing special optical materials, such as fluorite, to correct chromatic aberrations, reports the company. The EF200mm is designed for users who seek a brighter lens for portraiture and indoor sports photography, for example, while the EF800mm is designed for those looking for a lens that offers a longer focal length. Pricing and availability information is not yet available.

In addition, Canon introduced its Polished Rag media. Designed for photography and fine-art reproduction, the 300-gsm/15-mil paper gives the look and feel of traditional fiber-based photo paper, reports the company. The paper features a gloss finish and a brightness level of 90%. Available in 8.5 x 11-, 13 x 19-, and 17 x 22-in. sheets as well as 17-, 24-, 44-, 50-in. -wide rolls.

Leaf (www.leafamerica.com) unveiled a new 6 x 6 medium-format digital camera, the Leaf AFi, available in three models: the AFi 7 (33 Mpxl), the AFi 6 (28 Mpxl), and the AFi 5 (22 Mpxl). Designed and developed in conjunction with Jenoptik, the AFi 7, AFi 6, and AFi 5 are capable of taking up to 70 images/min and also feature CCD sensors measuring 48 x 36, 44 x 33, and 48 x 36 mm, respectively. In addition, the AFi 7 and AFi 6 offer an ISO range of 50-800 while the AFi 5 features a range of 25-400. All three models feature Schneider AutoFocus Digital lenses, designed for speed and sharp image capture.


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