Canon introduced five imagePROGRAF large-format printers designed for use by professional photographers, print for pay users, proofers and more. It may not be the hottest news of the day in the tech world (if you haven’t heard about the iPhone 5, you probably need to crawl out from under that rock you’ve been living under), but it’s certainly a big announcement for those interested in large format printers.
The new line to be officially unveiled at GraphExpo 2012 the second week of October consists of five models offering increased color stability, speed and productivity: the 60-inch iPF9400, 60-inch iPF9400S 44-inch iPF8400, 24-inch iPF6450 and 24-inch iPF6400.
All five models feature Canon’s LUCIA EX pigment ink set and enhanced multi-sensor with improved density accuracy. The four of the five – the iPF9400, iPF8400, iPF6450 and iPF6400 – will offer a 12 color sub-tank system while the iPF9400S will offer an 8 color sub-tank system. With the new sub-tank system, the cartridges can be replaced while the printer is running reducing waste and minimizing downtime.
The imagePROGRAF lineup also features the Color Calibration Management Console, allowing customers to monitor the calibration status of multiple printers on the same network, and the Media Configuration Tool, which gives customers the option for customizing the printer and driver setup with custom media.
Customers can add onboard spectrophotometer with a fully automated mobile unit to the imagePROGRAF iPF6450 which includes specialized backing plate with black and white strips, UV blocking filter, expandable workflow options and a 2010 XRGA measurement standard compliance.
The five new Canon imagePROGRAf models are expected to be available by the end of September through authorized dealers and premier partners and start at $2,995 for the iPF6400 and range to $11,995 for the top of the line iPF9400.