CANON’S VER­SA­TILE A2 PHOTO PRINTER WINS 2016 TIPA AWARD

Desk­top 17-inch for­mat model is crowned Best Photo Printer by global imag­ing mag­a­zine group.

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Five Canon imag­ing prod­ucts won their re­spec­tive cat­e­gories in the pres­ti­gious 2016 TIPA Awards which are judged an­nu­ally by the Tech­ni­cal Im­age Press As­so­ci­a­tion, a global group com­pris­ing 30 of the world’s lead­ing photography mag­a­zines. Canon’s win­ning prod­ucts this year in­clude the EOS-1D X Mark II and EOS 5Ds R high-end D-SLRs plus Canon’s im­age PROGRAF PRO-1000 A2 for­mat photo printer.

Held each year since 1991, the TIPA Awards recog­nise the best photo and imag­ing prod­ucts an­nounced dur­ing the pre­vi­ous 12 months, based on such cri­te­ria as in­no­va­tive­ness, use of lead­ing-edge tech­nolo­gies, de­sign and ease-of-use. Canon won its first TIPA Award in 1993 (for the EOS 100 35mm SLR cam­era) and has sub­se­quently won awards ev­ery year since for a grand to­tal of 78 prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies.

The im­age PROGRAF PRO-1000 rep­re­sents a new breed of photo printer, com­bin­ing many of the per­for­mance as­pects of Canon’s wide-for­mat pro­fes­sional floor-stand­ing print­ers with the con­ve­nience of a more com­pact desk­top de­sign.

Con­se­quently, the im­age PROGRAF PRO1000 ticks a lot of boxes for both pro­fes­sional and en­thu­si­ast-level shoot­ers. It em­ploys a newly-de­vel­oped pig­mented inkset called Lu­cia PRO which com­prises 12 colours to give an ex­tended colour gamut and smoother gra­da­tions. In fact, the PRO-1000’s in­creased colour gamut rep­re­sents 110 per­cent of the ex­ist­ing PRO-1 model’s on lustre or gloss paper and 119 per­cent on matte pa­pers.

The Lu­cia PRO inkset com­prises Photo Black and Matte Black – us­ing sep­a­rate chan­nels – plus Grey and Photo Grey to give en­hanced B&W print­ing. It also in­cludes a gloss op­ti­miser to re­duce the bronz­ing ef­fect when print­ing on lustre or gloss pa­pers. Sil­i­con oil has been added to the Lu­cia PRO inks to im­prove their re­sis­tance to scratch­ing and abra--

“THE PRO­FES­SIONAL PRINT MAKER WILL FIND THE STRENGTH AND QUAL­ITY OF OF THE PRO-1000 AP­PEAL­ING WHILE THE KEEN EN­THU­SI­AST WHO AP­PRE­CI­ATES TOP CLASS MA­CHIN­ERY WILL BE EQUALLY AT­TRACTED.” Trevern Dawes CAM­ERA Mag­a­zine

sions. The ink car­tridges are 80 millil­itres in ca­pac­ity to ex­tend the pe­ri­ods be­tween re­place­ments.

The PRO-1000’s 1.28-inch print head (which is 1.5x larger than the PRO-1’s) em­ploys 18,432 noz­zles and Canon has de­vel­oped a new im­age pro­cess­ing en­gine – called L-COA PRO – for more pre­cise ink droplet place­ment and mix­ing of the inks while also re­duc­ing the pro­cess­ing time. An A2-size colour print (with 25 mil­lime­tre bor­ders) on high gloss paper can be pro­duced in six min­utes. Equipped with the air feed­ing sys­tem found in Canon’s large-for­mat im­age PROGRAF inkjet print­ers, the PRO-1000 vir­tu­ally elim­i­nates paper skew­ing, re­gard­less of paper weight and type, while also achiev­ing more ac­cu­rate ink place­ment. Ad­di­tion­ally, non-fir­ing noz­zle de­tec­tion and cor­rec­tion helps elim­i­nate band­ing.

The PRO-1000 can han­dle pa­pers up to 400 gsm in weight, in­clud­ing can­vas. It has WiFi, Eth­er­net and USB con­nec­tiv­ity, and is sup­plied with Canon’s Print Stu­dio Pro Ver­sion 2.0 plugin for Pho­to­shop, Light­room or Canon’s own Dig­i­tal Photo Pro­fes­sional edit­ing soft­ware which in­cludes the Ac­count­ing Man­ager func­tion – as also pro­vided on the larger for­mat mod­els – to record the costs of ink and me­dia for de­ter­min­ing print pro­duc­tion prices.

In se­lect­ing the Canon im­age PROGRAF PRO-1000 as Best Photo Printer for 2016, the TIPA Awards judg­ing panel noted, “Com­bin­ing the con­ve­nience of desk­top use with a 17-inch wide paper ca­pa­bil­ity and many of the fea­tures from Canon’s higher-end pro-level mod­els, the PRO-1000 rep­re­sents a new class of photo printer for en­thu­si­asts. It uses a new 12-colour Lu­cia PRO pig­mented inkset and Canon’s pre­ci­sion ‘FINE’ print head with a tubu­lar ink delivery sys­tem that re­sults in faster print speeds and sta­ble print-to-print qual­ity. There is a newly for­mu­lated Photo Black ink, while both it and the Matte Black have their own chan­nels so no ink swap is needed when chang­ing pa­pers. A vac­uum paper feed­ing sys­tem keeps sheets ab­so­lutely flat dur­ing print­ing, en­sur­ing more ac­cu­rate ink place­ment re­gard­less of the paper weight and type.”

Canon EOS 5DS R Best D-SLR Pro­fes­sional/High Res Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Best Photo/Video Pro­fes­sional Cam­era

Canon’s im­agePROGRAF PRO-1000 has been voted Best Photo Printer in the 2016 TIPA Awards.

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