Canon UK, world leader in digital imaging solutions, has launched three new imagePROGRAF large format printers (LFPs) designed to deliver the highest quality output achievable in today’s aqueous large format printing market – the 24-inch Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6350 and imagePROGRAF iPF6300, and the 44-inch Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8300.
Featuring Canon’s new 12-colour LUCIA EX pigment ink system and innovative printing technology, the new models are able to produce prints with increased accuracy and an extended colour gamut approximately 20 per cent wider than the previous Canon fine art series of imagePROGRAF LFPs (iPF5100, iPF6100, iPF8100 and iPF9100). The new ink system has been developed in response to the growing demand for high quality, large format prints in the professional photographic, proofing and fine art markets.
The new inks feature an innovative polymer structure that results in greater scratch resistance and protection from colour fading, whilst reducing bronzing and metamerism* to produce more consistent, durable prints. Denser, sharper blacks and smooth colour gradations are able to reproduce the finest shadow area details, meeting demands for more sophisticated print quality.
An additional in-built mechanical rigidity in the new imagePROGRAF models enables more precise ink placement, resulting in improved line and text accuracy and colour uniformity. An in-built high-performance, multi-sensory colour calibrator can also precisely detect, adjust and compensate for print head density variations to provide an unsurpassed level of colour reproduction and matching.
Users are able to take advantage of the exceptional print quality of the new imagePROGRAF devices with the third-party RIP compatibility from GMG, EFI, ColorGATE, ONYX Graphics, Eisfeld (PosterJet), CGS, DEV studio and SCP, providing a range of print applications, including proofs, designs and commercial photos.
The imagePROGRAF models are able to use third-party media, alongside the Canon recommended stocks, by utilising the Media Configuration Tool to calibrate paper settings to achieve an optimum print output. Compatible ICC profiles of popular media types are downloadable from the Hahnemuehle, Ilford and Sihl websites. Additionally the new range of Canon imagePROGRAF LFPs are fully compatible with Colortrac and Contex large format scanners to offer a complete scan-to-print solution.
Gill Mussell, LFP Product Manager, Canon UK says, “Key research findings in Canon’s own Insight Reports over the past two years have pinpointed large format printing as a growing business opportunity for a number of market sectors including professional photographic, proofing and graphic arts . The new range of Canon imagePROGRAF LFPs deliver outstanding image quality with the broadest available colour gamut on the market. They produce high-quality, consistent prints to help professional print users to meet the demands of their customers without the need to invest in new workflows.
To support high-volume printing and streamline workflows, the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8300 and iPF6350 come equipped with an 80 GB high-capacity hard disk drive (HDD) that allows for faster spooling of large files as well as the ability to reprint jobs directly from the printer. To ensure the highest level of productivity and reduce overall print time, all new models are also equipped with a standard gigabit Ethernet network interface and an automatic dual-blade cutter.
The new imagePROGRAF models will be available to purchase either through an Accredited Canon Reseller or direct from Canon from April 1, 2010. For more information please visit the Canon