The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8000 is Canon's response to the already
well established Epson 44" wide format inkjet printer market. The Canon
ipf8000 has one main competitor within the fine art and photographic
community - the highly acclaimed Epson 9800.
Rather than list the details of the Canon ipf8000, this article will
explore the main advancements over the Epson 9800 that one should
has come out swinging with a 12 color pigment ink system that they are
calling "Lucia Inks". The new Lucia inks are said to greatly expand the
range of color reproduction through increased color gamut. Although,
there has been much speculation about the true performance of these
inks. Experts acknowledge that while there is an increased color gamut
and a true red is possible, the tonal range performance of the inks is
in question. A widely held criticism is that although the printer can
"hit a true red", it has trouble delivering the wide variety of red
tones in a smooth fashion. If you are looking into buying the Canon
imagePROGRAF ipf8000, and are doing some comparative brand shopping
this might be an issue worth exploring further.
One big advantage of the Canon ipf8000 regards the issue of matte and photo black inks. With the Epson 9800, a user must choose between using either matte black or photo black inks. If a user changes their mind or wants to subsitute inks for a specific print job, the must undergo a laborious and costly process that wastes much time and expensive ink. Many printmakers were baffled to see that Epson chose not to improve upon this major criticism of the Epson 9600. The Canon ipf8000 on the other hand utilizes automatic switching between Matte Black and Photo Black ink, which eliminates wasted ink and time of swapping out tanks. It is also advantageous from a marketing standpoint - the printmaker has the easy ability to offer top quality prints on glossy inkjet papers and canvas as well as matte. The Epson 9800 user is really forced to pick one solution and run with it.
There is no question that the Canon ipf8000 is a production-friendly inkjet printer. It has a built in 40-gigabyte hard drive the processes jobs extremely fast and is capable of handling enormously large files through the standard driver. In doing so it sets a new productivity standard and allows for easy unmanned printmaking environments. The Canon ipf8000 is simply much faster than the Epson 9800, they are almost uncomparable when it comes to speed.
take a look at it in the picture above - the Canon imagePROGRAF ipf8000
is beautiful. It was designed with style in mind and when you see it,
it looks like a high quality wide format printer that a fine art
printmaking business should have. Not only does the Canon ipf8000 look
like a quality inkjet printer, it performs like one. When you put a
roll onto the printer and use the roll feeding mechanism, or if you
load sheets, you can just feel the high quality parts of the printer as
they grab the media, put it into place, and feed it through. On the
other hand, the Epson 9800 is widely criticized for appearing less
expensive, if you will, all across the board.