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06-12-2011, 09:29 AM   #1
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Canon Pixma Pro9000?

I keep getting offers on the Cannon Pixma Pro9000 and 9500 for $300 to $500 off. Has any one used these and can you offer me any insight into their quality? Thanks.

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I was tempted months ago when the prices were very low. From what I have gathered, both are great. The 9000 uses dye inks and has the edge on glossy colour prints, while the 9500 uses pigment inks and prints better B&W and with fancy papers. Both have huge footprints btw.
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I have been using the Pro900 MkII for almost a year and am completely happy with it...as long as I use the Canon print utility, Canon paper and inks. Printing from Photoshop or other programs has never given me the exact colors I see on the screen in preview. All the calibrations, profiles and help from Canon could not get me there. But using only Canon software and supplies gives me better results than I get from local print shops. 19"x13" borderless prints really have impact lacking in 8x10. Since I never print B&W I did not consider the Pro9500. IMO, its hard to go wrong with either one.
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I've used the Pro 9000 for over 3 years now. Canon Ink, Canon Paper. Beautiful prints in all sizes. I've done some B&W. With the Canon paper they have stayed stable. Another type I used has 'Bronzed' since I've printed them. Great printer.

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I have been using the Pro900 MkII for almost a year and am completely happy with it...as long as I use the Canon print utility, Canon paper and inks. Printing from Photoshop or other programs has never given me the exact colors I see on the screen in preview. All the calibrations, profiles and help from Canon could not get me there. But using only Canon software and supplies gives me better results than I get from local print shops. 19"x13" borderless prints really have impact lacking in 8x10. Since I never print B&W I did not consider the Pro9500. IMO, its hard to go wrong with either one.
Thanks. The two things that you've said about it seem to be coming up in lots of reviews - only use their products in it & and it doesn't seem to work and play well with CS5 or LR3. Abe's sent me a Father's Day annoucement and the 9000 is $174 after rebates and such.
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Also printing with the Pro9000 MkII - great printer, no issues except for the usual complaints: the bundled software is *not* true to color, trends heavily towards red tones & general over saturation. Printing with canon ink on high quality photo paper, from Photoshop Elements, everything is exactly what I see on my (well calibrated) screen. The jets don't clog when it sets a while - which I really appreciate :P When I first got it over a year ago, I printed a bunch of 13x19 prints to hang around the house, and by golly 13x19 is delightful.

The footprint is HUGE, but hey - what do you want when you get to print 13x19?
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I'd love to see a photo of it set up to get a better idea of the footprint.
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I'd love to see a photo of it set up to get a better idea of the footprint.
It is very large. Staples stocks them so if you have a store nearby you can check one out.

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I'd love to see a photo of it set up to get a better idea of the footprint.
I don't think a picture of it on my work table would give you anything to relate size to. But you can measure where ever you plan to put it, 26" wide, 7 1/4" tall, 14" deep. My table is a solid core door so even the printer looks small. But maybe this helps...I have a typical 3-in-1 Canon printer, the MP500, that only prints up to 8.5" wide but its both deeper and taller than the Pro9000 but the Pro9000 is 8" wider as evidence of its 13" wide paper path. Also, the Pro9000 needs 2"-3" clearance behind it and when opened, the front paper tray needs 4" or more depending on how far you extend it.
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It is very large. Staples stocks them so if you have a store nearby you can check one out.
Yes, thanks. Didn't realize they would have such a specialized printer in stock.
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I don't think a picture of it on my work table would give you anything to relate size to. But you can measure where ever you plan to put it, 26" wide, 7 1/4" tall, 14" deep. My table is a solid core door so even the printer looks small. But maybe this helps...I have a typical 3-in-1 Canon printer, the MP500, that only prints up to 8.5" wide but its both deeper and taller than the Pro9000 but the Pro9000 is 8" wider as evidence of its 13" wide paper path. Also, the Pro9000 needs 2"-3" clearance behind it and when opened, the front paper tray needs 4" or more depending on how far you extend it.
Thanks, particularly regarding the extra space for clearance in front and behind. Sounds like a beast of a printer.
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I picked one of these up today when B&H offered it for $250 with another $200 off with a rebate for a total of $49.99. Super excited! Is anyone using the generic inks or refills? Some on the "other" forum swear by them.
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I picked one of these up today when B&H offered it for $250 with another $200 off with a rebate for a total of $49.99. Super excited! Is anyone using the generic inks or refills? Some on the "other" forum swear by them.
They're out of them and list them as $449 again
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