Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer (3295B002)
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1. I can leave the printer alone while it prints 25 images...no paper jams, no inks exploding across the paper, or stripes across the image because the ink is clogging.
2. The images coming out of the printer match the monitor perfectly....absolutely no tweaking. Better yet, I placed the portrait next to the client's face..a perfect match!! I am currently using Canon Matte photo paper profiles with leftover Epson Matte presentation paper no problems, and I plan to order Canon photo paper soon. The profiles downloaded from the printer's CD loaded into my Photoshop/Illustrator software automatically. (I always had to lighten my images for both my Epson printers by 20% even with a monitor calibrater. I always thought it was because of the skylight in my office.)
3. It closes tightly into a big square box....so no drying of the inks. Big issue here in the NM...hi altitude dry climate.
4. It is so quiet, that if I didn't see the paper move, I wouldn't know it was printing.
5. The cartridges are transparent...I can see the ink...I don't feel like I am getting ripped off, like Epson, where I am dependent on the software to tell me when the inks are low.
6. The Canon has a separate print head which is removable....so if it does clog in the future, I can order another one....not an entire printer.
7. I ordered the printer from an Amazon dealer for under $200 in the "used/refurbished" category. It was sealed, never used. The dealer was amazingly helpful in getting it to me ASAP so I could finish my work.
8. Everyone complains that it is a huge printer...it is...but if it works who cares!!!
9. Yeah!!!! I am a happy (photographer) camper!!!!
It was amazingly easy to set up, I didn't even open the manual, I just started tearing orange pieces of tape off, plugged it in, and started printing.
One problem is that the driver for OSX does not allow for shutting off color management. So, if you build or use a custom profile, you're pretty much screwed if you try to print with a program that tries to manage colors. As of the writing of this review, there is no 64-bit version of the driver available, and my experience with Canon is they don't put a lot of effort into creating or updating their software.
This printer uses Chromalife 100 ink, which is supposed to be fade resistant. I suspect that the biggest difference here is that the cartridges are now 'chipped' to deter refilling. I figure I saved over $5,000 in 4 years by refilling cartridges. Yes, I may have clogged a printhead, the second time I've done that as a matter of fact, but it is well worth it. I'm not printing that much these days, so I just bought 2 of the Canon sets of ink, its not too horribly priced. Maybe though, I'll find a way to refill these. The printer seems to be pretty good on ink. I've printed about 30 pages (8.5X11) of photos with about 75% coverage, and only 3 of the tanks are showing down about one third.
As far as longevity, I never really worried about it. I can always print another copy years down the road if need be. To sell something or to print something I really like, I use a printing service (Adorama) that uses real photographic paper. If you need to do it at home, the next higher model (Pro 9500 MarkII) uses pigmented ink, but the printer and the ink are much more expensive. I also thought about Epson as an alternative, but the last one I owned used a goofy vacuum system with a bunch of tubing to deliver the ink. One leak, lose vacuum, need repair. From what I read, most Epson printers require daily usage or the print heads clog up, and they eat ink like crazy trying to clear them.
This thing does make an awful racket when feeding paper. My old one was bad, but this is a terrible plastic crashing sound.
The pictures that come out of this thing are stellar. They are bright and crisp on both Glossy and Semi-gloss paper. There are no visible ink dots, and no banding. Even though Photoshop showed blacks as out of gamut, the prints exhibit a rich deep black. The speed seems a little slow, but not real bothersome if you're not in a big rush.
Even with some shortcomings, the picture quality more than makes up for them. At this price for a large format printer I would buy another one in a minute if I needed a new printer, or if I was just getting started printing my own large format photos.