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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Canon imageProGraf iPF5000

A large-format printer for big color and B&W enlargements

canon IPF5000 ink cartridgesIt was the big enlargements that made using this printer a real joy, however. I started with 13x19-inch prints. The paper, which could be loaded through a top-loading tray or front-loading cassette, traveled easily with no problems. The type and size of the paper did have to be input directly into the printer control panel, as well as through the software. Having to remember to change the paper size and type at the printer was an inconvenience I forgot to do a few times.

The printer accepts media as thick as 1.5mm via its front-loading mechanism, while paper up to 0.5mm can be inserted through the cassette or top-loading manual feed. Paper width ranges from eight to 17 inches. The maximum roll print length is 59 feet. The roll paper component of the printer gives me the opportunity to make 17-inch-wide panoramas, which looked stunning, as well as produce borderless prints.

Weighing in at 99 pounds and with dimensions of 39.3x28.9x12.5 inches, the printer isn’t for the casual user with limited space. If you regularly produce sizeable color and black-and-white enlargements, however, there’s a lot to like in this printer. List Price: $1,995.

Canon, (800) OK-CANON, www.usa.canon.com.

Standout Features
1 Automatic switching between black inks for glossy or matte prints
2 Features a standard media cassette tray, a rear manual feed and a front straight-path manual feed, and an optional roll feed unit for printing long-length output
3 Inks are deposited in droplet sizes of 4 picoliters for optimal detail and color and tonal adjustments
4 Provides a wide color gamut with Lucia pigments with 100+ year lightfastness
5 Both USB 2.0 and Ethernet connectivity
6 Cassette and roll paper can be loaded simultaneously


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