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Canon PIXMA Pro 9500 printer
Ilse Jurriën : February 22th 2006 - 14:55 CET
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CanonCanon PIXMA Pro 9500 printer : Canon today introduces an affordable, new professional photo printer: the ten-color PIXMA Pro9500. The Canon PIXMA Pro 9500 is the first printer to earn the Pro designation, it produces brilliant, gallery quality prints up to 13 x 19 inches on a variety of specialty media and fine art papers. Furthermore, the PIXMA Pro 9500 utilizes long-lasting, pigment-based inks. "This printer is a breakthrough not simply for Canon but for the industry," stated Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the consumer imaging group at Canon USA, Inc. "We have not simply reformulated inks, we have re-examined the selection of inks needed to create some of the finest, long-lasting prints possible."
Canon PIXMA Pro 9500 printerPIXMA 9500 professional photo printer
"While Canon produces the number one digital cameras of choice for photo pros and advanced amateurs, our ultimate goal is to provide the complete digital imaging solution of choice for these discerning and demanding photo-graphers, imaging professionals and enthusiasts," added Mr. Hashimoto. "As our vast selection of lenses anticipate and respond to the optical needs of photographers, so too, this new professional photo printer provides robust, digital imaging solutions for a community we value and vow to serve."

Canon PIXMA Pro 9500 photo printer - Inks
Designed and developed to accommodate pro photographers and imaging professionals that wish to present the highest possible quality portfolios of their work as well as those who generate gallery-standard prints for sale, (and understandably need them to last), the Canon PIXMA Pro 9500 Photo Printer delivers output that lives up to that promise and more. Ten individual tanks of Canon's long lasting, Lucia branded pigment based inks and Canon's 7,680 nozzle print head (compared with the competitor's 1440 nozzle print head) and Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering (FINE) technology are at the core of this top-performance photo printer. These Lucia inks - photo black, matte black and gray as well as cyan, magenta, yellow, photo cyan, photo magenta, red and green - are precisely placed by the PIXMA Pro 9500 Photo Printer in three-picoliter droplets (min.) to create photographs and other works of art that are rich in detail, texture and tone. Indeed, the Canon PIXMA Pro9500 printer's dramatically wide color gamut and extraordinary color reproduction in the green, red, and yellow-to-orange color ranges help this printer produce color images of exceptional virtuosity and quality.

Canon Pro 9500 printer - Black & Whites
Still, this printer delivers remarkable results when printing gallery-grade monochromatic photos. For these "black and whites," the inks are key. The Matte Black ink provides high density true black renditions on fine art papers; the Photo Black ink provides high contrast and, most telling of all, the gray ink reduces graininess and lines, stabilizes the gray balance in the print (by using less color in the gray image areas). The gray ink also reduces the photo phenomenon known as metamerism where composite gray inks (achieved with combinations of cyan, magenta and yellow ink) make image areas look different under different lighting conditions (such as sunlight, fluorescent light and incandescent light). This aberration is due to the differences in spectral reflectance properties of each of the composite colors. To further increase productivity, efficiency, and value, Canon designed the PIXMA Pro 9500 model so that all ten individual ink tanks can reside in the print head at all times, saving time (and ink) by eliminating the need to swap out tanks before printing. Now, pros who may have been inconvenienced by swapping ink tanks can simply load all the tanks in the printer and never worry about which ink goes with which project.

Canon Easy-PhotoPrint Pro software
The Canon PIXMA Pro 9500 Photo Printer is bundled with Canon Easy-PhotoPrint Pro software. Easy-PhotoPrint Pro is a plug-in software program for Adobe applications Photoshop CS and Photoshop CS2, and Canon Digital Photo Pro (DPP) version 2.1, which permits one-click image transfer; offers simple settings for color management and allows users to configure printer settings once for images on multiple sheets. Among its myriad other features, the Easy-PhotoPrint Pro software facilitates the printing of RAW images (as a high quality TIFF or JPEG) without having to save from DPP software. The Easy-PhotoPrint Pro software also creates pattern prints that demonstrates different color balance, brightness, and contrast than the original image and prints them on a sheet of paper for easy comparison. This pattern print can present 48 possible image variations allowing users to see what their print will look like without wasting vast quantities of paper, ink, and of course, time. Users can even configure the color settings for different types of papers and adjustment values can be stored for later use.

Canon fine art printing papers
Coinciding with the debut of this new professional photo printer, Canon is adding two new fine art printing papers to the company's already extensive line of available media:
• The 100 percent cotton, Fine Art Paper "Photo RagTM" (ideal for printing photo art as well as copies of water colors, oil paintings, woodblock prints and illustrations)
• Fine Art Paper Premium Matte (a heavy 210g/m2 paper with a smooth matte finish that conveys an artistic, gallery-grade look to photographs and other art content).
Both new papers are offered in 8 1/2 x 11-inch and 13 x 19-inch sizes. Additionally, Canon has extended its quality media lineup with a new 8 x 10-inch size of their popular Photo Paper Pro and Photo Paper Plus Semi Gloss media, as well as a new 13 x 19-inch size for its Photo Paper Plus paper, making it easier than ever to go directly from printer to frame. Canon will debut the PIXMA Pro9500 photo printer in its booth during the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) exhibit in Orlando.

Canon ChromoLife 100 system & Lucia pigment-based inks
"Wilhelm Imaging Research is currently testing the ChromaLife100 system and Lucia pigment-based inks," said Henry Wilhelm, president of Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. "A review of preliminary test data indicates that prints made with the Lucia pigmented inks and select Canon photo and fine art papers will have WIR Display Permanence Ratings in excess of 100 years for color images and significantly beyond that for monochrome. The pigmented inks also provide excellent short term color drift behavior which is critically important for color managed workflows and for proofing applications."

About Canon USA
Canon USA, Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. The Company is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is rated #35 on the BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." Its parent company Canon Inc. is a top patent holder of technology, ranking second overall in the US in 2005, with global revenues of $31.8 billion.

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