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Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8000 - Canon has today announced the launch of the imagePROGRAF iPF8000, a 44 large format printer (LFP) that boasts industry-leading technologies and has been designed to deliver high quality output at speed.
Aimed predominantly at the print-for-pay sector, including photo labs and copy shops, the imagePROGRAF iPF8000 looks to bolster the Canon large format line-up, which now runs from 17 all the way up to 60.
For businesses looking to reduce print costs without compromising quality, the imagePROGRAF iPF8000 uses less ink due to its new 12 colour LUCIA pigment ink system, which emphatically drives down the cost per print. This revolutionary ink system ensures the colour accuracy and versatility required for the photographic industry. Providing exceptional image quality and durability, the new pigment inks improve colour mixing as well as increase media compatibility. Additionally, this system enables smooth colour gradation and reduces both graininess and metamerism.
Anne Sharp, LFP Product Marketing Manager, Canon UK, says: The potential that LFP has within the photographic industry is colossal. Canon has a strong heritage within this market and so understands that quality and colour accuracy are paramount when reproducing an image. The simplicity of large format ensures ease of use and with the onset of digital becoming a reality both in terms of printing and photography large format printing has never been more accessible. Moreover, LFP offers a visible return on investment after all, an image is only captured and sold once but can be reproduced any number of times.
A key feature of the imagePROGRAF iPF8000 is the twin, high-density print head. It not only enhances printing speed, but also the durability of the device as it crams 30,720 nozzles into two 1 print heads. By incorporating FINE (Full - photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) technology, 4-pl (picolitre) ink droplets ensure delicate colour gradation, high-definition expression and accuracy. Additionally, the L-COA processor performs the high-speed processing of high-volume 12-colour image data and simultaneously controls the operation of the printer and the dual high-density print head system.
The imagePROGRAF iPF8000 comes with a range of solutions to ensure that set up and use are as simple as possible. These include imagePROGRAF Print Plug-In for Photoshop, which allows users to export 16-bit RGB images processed with Adobe Photoshop directly to the imagePROGRAF printer, without changing its broader colour gamut and retaining a smoother gradation. It provides an efficient printing environment for Adobe Photoshop users, as well colour adjustments and preview functions. Additionally, the Canon software PosterArtist and Digital Photo Print Professional are packaged as standard and can be configured to an existing network to ensure ease-of-use and effective print management.
The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8000 will be available across the UK from November 2006.