Canon upgrades ImagePrograf LFP

Canon has introduced two new series to its range of ImagePrograf large format printers, including the 12-colour Pro series that are mainly targeted at the photographic and fine art markets, and the 7-colour GP series for high end poster production.

These printers use Canon’s thermal printheads combined with a newly formulated aqueous pigment inkset, called Lucia Pro II. Top of the range in the ImagePrograf portfolio is the Pro series, which feature a 12 colour version of this inkset. As with the older model, there are 11 actual colours – Black, matte black, grey, photo grey, cyan, photo cyan, magenta, photo magenta, yellow, red and blue. The twelfth slot is for the reformulated Chroma Optimiser, which is a clear coating that’s designed to deepen the black density and to prevent the bronzing effect and any gloss differential.

Canon’s press release says that it has improved the black density by “changing the formulation and material of matte black ink” though actually this appears to be the only one of the colours that hasn’t been newly formulated as Canon has simply re-used the matte black from the older ImagePrograf GP series. 

The rest of the colours have been reformulated with new pigments that promise better light resistance so that the prints will last longer. They have also gained a crystalline wax to give better resistance to scratches and abrasions on glossy and semi-glossy media.

There are three models in the Pro series, starting with the 610mm wide Pro 2600, plus the 1118mm wide Pro 4600 and the 1524mm wide Pro 6600, which replace the Pro 2100, 4100 and 6100 models respectively. 

The new models also gain a new ink sensing system that monitors the printheads, which as with all thermal printheads are consumable items, and makes adjustments to the way the ink is jetted to ensure that the ink drops land in the right position. There’s also an intelligent media handling function that automatically detects the paper type, width and estimated remaining amount of paper, as well as being quicker at feeding the papers than with previous models. Canon has also added LED interior lights so that users can see the prints as they are being printed and keep an eye on how much ink is left thanks to the semi-translucent ink tank covers.

Mathew Faulkner, Canon Europe’s director of marketing for its wide format printers, commented: “We’ve raised the bar for print quality as well as significantly increasing image robustness in terms of light and abrasion resistance, which is crucial for fine art printers and professional photographers. With its improved media handling and increased automation, we’ve also made it easier to use and more productive.”

There’s also a new ImagePrograf GP series that will replace the existing ImagePrograf Pro-S series and is mainly aimed at the high end poster printing market. However, whereas the outgoing models used eight, these new devices have seven colours, also from the Lucia Pro II inkset. That said, five of the colours have been updated, the black, cyan, magenta, yellow and grey, while the orange and matte black inks have been taken from an existing inkset from a different series. Canon says that this new inkset can reproduce 96 percent of the Pantone Solid Coated guide, mainly thanks to including orange amongst the colours. 

There are three models in this series: the GP-2600S at 610mm wide; the GP-4600S with 1118mm width; and the GP-6600S, which is 1524mm wide.

To avoid any confusion, it’s worth noting that the new GP-series has nothing to do with the old GP series, and instead replaces the Pro-S series. The Pro series has the same name as before, with nothing to distinguish the new from the old other than the individual model numbers.

Some of the new models appear to already be available in the US and all of them should be available in Europe from March 2024, which presumably means that Canon is planning to officially launch them at the Fespa show in Amsterdam. 

In the meantime, you can find further details on Canon’s current ImagePrograf printers from canon.co.uk


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