Canon PIXMA Pro9500 and Canon PIXMA Pro9000.
The Canon PIXMA Pro9500 gives 10 ink-lines, of “Lucia” ink. HP has named their HP ink “Vivera.” It takes a while to understand all these ink recipes. The battle is for a multi-million dollar market of desktop inkjet printers for photography, digital fine art, and giclee. Epson had the lead in the beginning. HP has responded with their HP Photosmart Pro B9180.
The ten colors with 3-picoliter droplet size are
The terms are confusing but with the advancing digital technology the jargon does get complex. And on the subject of complex, the Canon printhead is 7,680 nozzles, but if I remember my math, that covers more than one color. Whereas most HP, Epson, Roland and other printers have one printhead per color, or two printheads per color. Canon has 6 colors per printhead (in their imagePROGRAF W8200 and W6200 models).
Canon PIXMA Pro 9000 offers 8 ink lines
Canon offers a 2-picoliter drop in this model, with 8 ink lines.
We will compare these with the Epson Stylus Pro 4800, Epson 7800, and Epson 9800 later this season. There are so many impressive new inkjet printers appearing that it is hard to keep up, especially now that the HP DesignJet Z2100 and Z3100 are out. The two HP printers came out just when interest in the Canon iPF5000, iPF6000, iPF8000,and iPF9000 was rising. Now there is severe competition.
Price comparisons, ratings and evaluations of the Canon PIXMA Pro9500 and Canon PIXMA Pro9000 will be forthcoming as these become better known.
The dye inks in Canon 7250 fade quickly. That’s because a printer made for proofing are not intended to have inks that need to last more than a few weeks. HP 500, HP 800, HP 1055 have fading dye inks too; their dye inks last only a month or so in tropical Guatemala . In normal climates these prints last perhaps 6 months before noticeable fading.
With Canon you get only “improved resistance to heat and humidity” which we would have to test in Guatemala . This is why FLAAR makes an idea testing institute: first, we are picky and our readers know this. We don’t accept lousy printers and fading inks.
But Encad dye inks (the pre-Kodak long-life ones), ColorSpan dye inks (based on Ilford Archiva), and the newer HP Vivera dye inks: these last long. The Vivera inks are so new they have not been out long enough, but our Encad prints and ColorSpan prints have lasted for year after year, in high heat, high tropical humidity in Central America .
Canon’s inks offer 100 years in an album, 30 years inside, and 10 years fading from mixed gasses. This is the most honest appraisal I have ever seen. Most other manufacturers don’t dare even mention their gas fastness ratings. But gas fading is scary.
Every several years there is either a new Canon iPF printer or a new Epson or a new HP water-based printer. It is hard to keep track of the advances in inks and color management features. FLAAR is keeping track by visiting printshops around the world that have these various brands. Each brand has its good points and a few issues and an occasional deficiency.
Most recently updated March 1, 2006.
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