Canon PIXMA 9000

by Noah Staples

Canon PIXMA 9000

Canon PIXMA 9000

As one of the early buyers of this Canon PIXMA 9000, I would be more than glad to share with you my experience with this new machine and how the two of us have fared so far. This inkjet photo printer was released by Canon last March this year and I bought mine around the middle of May. We have only been together for a few months and it has been so good to me, I hardly think of it as a printer but I consider it as my work buddy.

I work as a freelance photographer at some of the many museums found in Seattle and the competition has really been stiff. Why? Because printers are getting better and better and with my kind of job, I cannot be one left behind with a poor performing printer. I contribute lots of stuff to the Digital Imaging Department. For my work to be appreciated and continuously be commissioned, it is very important that I get the best support from my printer.

That is what the Canon PIXMA Pro9000MkII has been doing so far, that is why I consider it as my work buddy.

Allow me to tell you the three important aspects of the work expected from me and my Canon PIXMA Pro9000MkII, so you can have a better understanding of my appreciation for this inkjet photo printer from Canon.

First off, I am expected to offer the museum the most standout digital documentations of the art collections on exhibit as their material for publication.

Secondly, I must submit photos for exhibit that should make itself noticeable in whatever lighting condition the museum has. Meaning the gallery can have it on display on any part of the room without the need to have light adjustments to enhance the photograph.

Third and lastly, the digital images I will provide will meet the standards for accuracy of color, its contrast and density as their source for their TMS (Truth Maintenance System) database and their eMuseum. The TMS database has specific requirements because it is known for its ability to restore consistency in its stored digital images.

The Importance of Canon PIXMA Pro9000MkII in my Job as Freelance Photographer for Museums :

1. PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II and its FINE technology in printing make it possible to produce prints with superb and impeccable resolution. By the way, FINE stands for Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering, which is represented by the Canon patented printhead that can eject ink droplets by 2 picoliters. My PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II produces digital photos that are all and always winners in terms of photo lab quality at a resolution of 4800 x 1200 maximum color dpi in 11-inchx14-inch color photos.

2. PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II uses an 8-color dye-based ink system which has a wide color palette. Its added feature of 16 bits per channel print capability is said to be capable of 276 trillion possible colors. So you could just imagine how this technology allows for outstandingly smooth gradations in color and allows for a wider range of grayscale and neutral tones. Expect your results to have life-like images.

3. PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II supports a wide variety of media including fine art paper, even up to 13"x19". This machine allows me to use not only all types of media like the Baryta types and canvas but almost all the leading brands of fine art paper.

This is very important because not all paper has the same effect for the kind of photograph I took; hence, the need to use different types of media. The Baryta for example can have a matte finish yet has a high degree of reflectivity. In addition, using different types of paper is supported by the two paper feeders that PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II has.

4. PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II allows you to print in versatile ways, be it borderless full-page, monochrome, index, and Adobe RGB mode. The Canon Easy-Photo Print Pro software lets me print direct from Adobe Photoshop whether CS, CS2, CS3, CS4.

5. PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II and its ChromaLife100 give me confidence in the digital photos I submit, as feeds for the museums and their TMS database. It ensures that the prints will retain its clarity, vividness and color even in 100 years of archival storage; photos will not have that museum like effect if somebody restores it after a century.

6. PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II and its ability to adjust my digital photos according to any lighting condition it will receive. The art gallery where these pictures will support the exhibit can use them in whatever lighting capacity the room will provide. Lighting will not have any effect at all in viewing the photograph and it is made possible by the Ambient Light Correction technology.

7. The Auto Photo Fix, which is highly useful for home photo labs, also contributes to the excellence of the features. Indoor or outdoor scenery, night scenery, portraits, and snapshots gets automatically adjusted as to skin tones even if photos were taken under poor lighting conditions.

For the cons, I couldn't say there are not any, but I guess they are so dismissible it would be a waste of time to exert effort in recalling them or even write about them.

I have been so dependent on this Canon PIXMA Pro9000MkII for the past few months that I am saving up to buy the PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II soon. It is better to have a back-up ready, because I do not have an idea how long Canon PIXMA 9000 can take the work abuse it gets from me.

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