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All our latest information and rumours about new Canon printer related items.

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November 2014

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There is a LinkedIn group for Canon iPF printers

2014 November

  • 12th FYI ... There is a free Canon printing event in London - Fri. 21st Nov. http://dpsb.co.uk/pi/about.html
  • Morning / afternoon sessions - "Digital Photo Solutions are delighted to be hosting a print and imaging event at Canon's Central London showroom, dedicated to getting the best from your photographic and print workflow."

October

  • 21st Canon UK have a series of Cashback offers on large format printers
  • 8 Colour Photo
  • iPF6400S 24 inch pigment printer including printer stand ST-28 - Cash back value - £125.00
    iPF8400S 44 inch pigment printer including printer stand ST-43 - Cash back value - £450.00
    iPF9400S 60 inch pigment printer including printer stand - Cash back value - £800.00
    12 Colour Photo
  • iPF6400 24 inch pigment printer including printer stand ST-28 - Cash back value - £150
  • iPF8400 44 inch pigment printer including printer stand ST-43 - Cash back value - £450.00
  • iPF9400 60 inch pigment printer including printer stand - Cash back value - £800.00
  • You can check for UK dealers offering this via Canon UK
  • 18th Some time ago I reviewed the Canon PRO-1 printer. Very good, but with some features that would be a real annoyance to me. Canon have released a firmware update, that increases print area, canvas support and ink level detection.
  • The details are not clear, but it does not seem to completely remove the restrictions on top and bottom margins for fine art papers or change the maximum print length.

August

  • 29th Despite it breaking, I was able to get the PRO-100 reviewed
  • There have been some almost giveaway deals for the PRO-100 in the US recently (assorted rebate/cash/multibuys) which have led to many wondering if it is up for renewal soon? (it's only a couple of years old though)
  • Also suggested is a 17" printer in the PRO line, something that would replace the rather old iPF5100 - a solidly built 17" printer that obviously wasn't firmly enough in the marketing objectives for the Canon large format print division to make a 5200/5300/5400 - maybe a 5500?
  • Remember that fine art print users and photgraphers are more in the peripheral vision of 'big print'. The PRO line is from Canon's consumer imaging division, and it really is sometimes like two different companies ;-)
  • 1st In the US, Canon adds "six new models in its imagePROGRAF lineup: four new five-color, large-format inkjet printers – the 36-inch iPF785 and iPF780 models, and the 24-inch iPF685 and iPF680 models – and two new large-format imaging systems – the iPF785 MFP M40 and iPF780 MFP M40."
  • Note that these are the same as announced in Europe in April.

July

  • 20th We've a Canon PRO-100 here for testing

April

  • 26th After a lot of testing, I've produced a new updated version of our free black and white printer test image.
  • 23rd A new range of 5 colour imagePROGRAF printers are on their way
  • The seven new models comprise two 5-colour, 610mm (24”) devices - the imagePROGRAF iPF680/iPF685 – and two 5-colour, 914mm (36”) devices – the imagePROGRAF iPF780/iPF785 - together with two new MFP solutions, the imagePROGRAF iPF780 MFP and iPF785 MFP.
  • More info at Canon

March

  • 22nd In what seems to be an excellent deal, the Canon PRO-100 is effectively available for $40 at Adorama (there is a $300 mail in rebate - add to basket to see an extra $48 reduction) [Adorama aff. link]
  • Canon PRO-100
  • They even throw in 50 sheets of Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19
    • Do check the Ts&Cs, I believe it only runs to the end of the month.

February

  • 26th I hear that if you visit the Canon Stand at 'The Photography Show' there will be a prize draw for a brand new iPF6400 24" width printer, but you need to find the large format print people, not the camera guys.
  • 22nd Three new articles:
  • 20th Replacements already for the PRO-1, 10 and 100?
  • A suggestion at [CR] that they are soon for replacement. Perhaps Canon will fix the paper handling and margin issues that would be a deal-breaker for me, with any of these otherwise excellent printers.
  • The PRO-1 was announced in October 2011, PRO-10 in Sept 2012.
  • I note comments of the Pixma-PRO printers being on a 3 year refresh, so I'd have thought that the replacement for just the PRO-1 might be for Photokina?
  • Could it finally be time for Canon to bring out something new at 17" wide? ...or has the nifty iPF5100 [review] once again fallen through the cracks between the imaging and large format print divisions of Canon?
  • 15th I note a site selling printer service manuals and spare parts for a wide range of printers [SDT, SMN]

January

2013 December

  • 24th The x400 range of printers was announced in August 2012, with the x300 range in February 2010, and the x100 range in July 2007. [Note Canon announcement/ship dates in the past have varied widely around the world]
  • That makes it quite possible that we'll see an updated x500 range towards the end of 2014 or early 2015 (whatever happens I don't expect to get to see one until well into 2015)
  • Who knows, maybe Canon will get serious about the 17" market? The iPF5100 is a good printer (5100 review) but how many update cycles are they going to skip? Maybe they think that if HP can still sell the z3200, they have years left...
    • My own view is that until Canon decide to actually think of their range of printers as a whole spectrum from small to huge, that the 5100 will sit very obviously at the border of two very different business units in the company, and Canon will cede the 17" desktop printer market to Epson. I use Canon large format, but still tell people to get an Epson 3880 several times a month...

August

July

May

April

2013 March

  • 19th We have a PRO-10 printer for review - if anyone has any questions, please mail me directly?
  • 15th We should have a Canon PRO-10 here before long for a review. Having reviewed the old 9500 II and more recently the PRO-1, I'm curious to see the differences.
  • With small Canon printers, it is possible to disable the ink warnings, for refilled cartridges - something to use with care - details at Inkbank
  • 5th On a visit to the UK Focus show I had a look at several of the newer Canon Printers (which Canon still say they'll send for reveiws before too long...)
  • The most obvious change in the 6300->6400 is the much bigger ink capacity.
  • Compare this with the iPF6300 I'm standing next to, further down the page, on the right.

iPF6400 with larger ink capacity than iPF6300

  • The 6450 also has an add-on spectrophotometer unit - this looks huge, and will certainly win no styling awards.
  • From a printing point of view the ink set is the same and paper thickness detection has been improved. Although I need to test one out to say for sure, it's probably not an upgrade to go for, if you are happy with your 6300 (or 6100 for that matter)

2012 November

  • 22nd One of our longer ones - the full PRO-1 review
  • 3rd Canon UK have sent us a Pro-1 to review.
  • Please feel free to ask questions directly, or via the blog.

September

Canon pro 10 and canon pro 100 inkjet printers

  • 19th - still not announced in the UK? Canon Info:
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Key Features
    • Stunning photos up to A3+ at home
      Rich colours with 8-ink dye-based system
      Quality greyscale prints with 3 mono inks
      Fast printing: A3+ colour photo in 1min 30sec (bordered)
      Print Studio Pro plug-in for efficient workflow
      Wide range of ICC profiles
      Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity
      Tablet & Smartphone ready
      Direct Disc Print
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-10 Key Features
    • Gallery-quality A3+ photo printer
      10-ink system
      Quality greyscale prints with 3 mono inks
      Professional colour and mono prints
      Chroma Optimizer
      Outstanding image permanence
      Print Studio Pro plug-in for efficient workflow
      Wide range of ICC profiles
      Enhanced connectivity with Wi-Fi and Ethernet
      Tablet & Smartphone ready
      Direct Disc Print
  • 17th Two new printers to replace the 9000 and 9500 II
  • Pixma Pro-100 [Canon]
    • 8 colour dye based ink ($500)
  • Pixma Pro-10 [Canon]
    • 10 colour pigment ink ($700)
  • 15th The new printers are announced in the US (but seemingly not here in the UK)
  • It's already listed at B&H if you're curious.
  • More details on the 6400/8400/9400 page
  • 13th No 8400 details yet, but if you can get through the various trade-in/rebate hoops, then Atlex in the US are offering an iPF8300 at $2000
  • 5th New A3+ printers to replace the 9000 and 9500 are suggested, but still no sign of anything at 17" [CR]

2012 August

  • 25th September the 12th is suggested as an announcement date for new printers from Canon.
  • The lack of a 5100 replacement in the list of LF printers suggests that we may see a 17" version of the Pro-1.
  • Canon announce iPFx400 printer range in Japan.
    • This isn't the first time they've been unable to coordinate a worldwide release ;-)

iPF8400 printer

  • 12th Printers, but not quite the size we were looking for...
  • Canon announces Pixma MP230, MG2250, MG3250 and MG4250 [PB]
  • 4th It's pointed out that the new 8400 shares a name with the old W8400, but that printer has been retired quite some time.
  • 2nd Suggestions that the new large format printers could be announced next week [CR]

July

  • 19th An iPF6400 and iPF8400 would seem to be on he way - perhaps the launch will be a bit better synchronised around the world this time (for the 6300/8300, we had published info from Japan and then the US, long before it was officially mentioned in the UK)
  • 11th Well - it seems that we -will- be seeing updates announced for the 24" iPF6300 and 44" iPF8300 in time for Photokina. Where this leaves the 17" 5100, I'm not sure, but info does seem to be starting to surface.
    • (as ever, all hints greatfully received ;-)
  • 10th There's a new 'bridge' printer on its way, which should be avaialble in the Autumn. Expect an announcement before Photokina, though perhaps not at the upcoming Canon launch event on the 23rd.
    • BTW that's 'Bridge' as is a link between the small and large format printers - looks like the elderly iPF5100 at 17" width is the place for it to fit? Have Canon finally noticed the amount of SP3880 17" printers that Epson sells? (the excellent SP3880 has been seen below £900 in the UK) Or will we see something aimed much more at the SP4900 end of the market?

April

  • 28th Canon earnings results discussion [SA] amongst it all is this on 'high end' printing:
    • "As such, we have seen strong sales and our market shares has improved in high-end segment. Thanks to the recoveries, we realize in production. We work to expand sales from the second quarter, launching new high quality product with enhanced usability."
  • Given that Canon's only 17" printer is the none to recent (but still useful) iPF5100, I look forward to seeing Canon's take on 'improved usability' - as long as it's not just improved use of the direct print button, then customers outside of Japan may well show some interest ;-)

February

  • 10th A suggestion that the Canon iPF5100 will not be replaced until later this year with the next in the PRO range. Canon are not at the FESPA show later this month.
  • 8th The Canon Pro-1 is in short supply in the UK, but we hope to get hold of one for a review during the next month or two. [July - still waiting!]

2011 December

  • 28th We're expecting to see built in spectrophotometers appear as an option in an upcoming refresh of Canon's large format printer range.
  • Not sure if we'll see an x400 range, or if following history, we get x500 announcements of an iPF6500 and iPF8500. Perhaps this time an iPF5500 and iPF9500 will follow?
  • The new 12 ink PRO-1 loses green and blue inks to gain one more grey and a gloss optimiser 'overcoat' clear 'ink' are these just for consumer printers or are we about to see the the numbers of inks in Large Format printers jump from 12 to 14?
  • We've also had a suggestion of a 17" model of the Pixma PRO-1 to directly compete with the Epson 3880 and its mooted successor.
  • 27th We've a full review of the iPF5100 17" printer

November

  • 16th The Canon iPF5100 is available from UK accredited LF dealers for under £1000 (exc VAT), but you need to ask for the deal.

2011 October

  • 27th More updates to our Pixma Pro-1 page
  • 24th Canon launch the:
    • "PIXMA Pro series model, the PIXMA PRO-1, which is the world’s first A3+ printer to feature 12 separate inks. Featuring an EOS-inspired design, the stylish model produces the highest possible print quality in colour and monochrome, and is ideal for professional and serious amateur photographers. Exceptional levels of productivity make it suitable for studio use and commercial exhibitions. "
    • PIXMA PRO-1 – key features:
      12-ink system with wide colour gamut
      Chroma Optimizer for uniform glossiness and crisp, sharp blacks
      Optimum Image Generating system enhances colour reproduction
      Black and white prints with 5 monochrome inks
      New LUCIA pigment inks ensure photo permanence
      Create a gallery-quality A3+ photo in approx. 2 minutes 55 sec
      High capacity ink tanks
      Wide range of media support including 356mm (14”) wide and thick media
      Easy-PhotoPrint Pro plug-in
    • Available in November ~£800
  • We hope to have a full review before too long

September

  • 28th The sighting of a Pixma and EOS logo on an invite for an event on the 26th has fuelled speculation that an A3+ Pixma Pro printer is to be announced.
  • No signs of anything bigger...
  • 23rd There have been suggestions of a Canon announcement today - could it be printer related? [PR]
  • Meanwhile, more signs of Pixma Pro printers [CR]
  • 12 inks are suggested, including a clear coat - presumably a form of gloss optimiser.
  • This looks like an update for the 9000 and 9500 II range, or maybe an extension to it, such as the Epson R3000 not being a replacement for the R2880.
    • I'm hoping that Canon have the will to take on Epson in the A2 printer market - with the print technology in my iPF8300, I can't see any reason not to shoot at this target, apart from corporate limitations (The LF printers come from a different part of Canon to cameras and the consumer printers)

July

  • 29th It seems that there were two new printers announced by Canon US the other day - very much consumer oriented though, so I'm still waiting
  • 28th In the UK Canon are announcing a CPS exclusive £100 cashback scheme , along with a scheme where you can get 3 free A3+ test prints from Canon Pro dealers, from the 9000mk2 or 9500mk2
    • "Simply purchase your PIXMA professional photo printer between the 28th July 2011 and 30th September and send your original receipt or valid proof of purchase before the 31st October 2011 with a completed Claim Form to the address shown and in return we’ll send you a cheque for £100"
  • More signs of an impending Canon printer update? (12 colour) [CR]
  • Looking at the Canon range, down from the iPF8300 we have here, there is a distinct gap in the mid range. The iPF6100 (24") was updated to the iPF6300, but the 17" iPF5100 didn't get the x300 makeover.
  • There is no other 17" offering, and nothing to really match the Epson 3880.
  • 27th Canon are announcing an additional rebate scheme in the US, when purchased with a qualifying DSLR
  • 22nd There are also new rumours that the replacements for the A3 printers are not far off, not unlikely if you compare what Epson are offering in top end A3+ at the moment.
    • We currently have an Epson R3000 here for review, and it does perhaps show the relative age of the 9500 II that we tested last year - a printer that was announced in March 2009.
      That said, the 9500 II is still a very worthwhile printer

May

  • 15th If you're looking for a LF printer in the US, there is an $1800 US rebate - up to June 30th 2011

2011 February

  • 18th In the US, Canon announce 8 colour versions of the 6300 and 8300 - iPF8300S and iPF6300S info
  • 2nd Is it time at last to see the iPF5100 updated to the iPF5300?
  • The 5100 is looking increasingly out of place compared to the newer x300 printers and and announcement could come in the next week or so in time for the CP+ show (9th-12th Feb).
  • One reason we might not see it at this show is that it traditionally fits into the Canon LF print business, rather than part of the Pixma range. Is it time for Canon to bring out a 12 ink competitor to the Epson 3880 - a printer with a market segment all to itself?
  • We've had suggestions that this was due, but never any details - also suggested at [CR]

2010

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