Eduardo Angel
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Understanding PIXMA PRO-1 Media Compatibility

July 23, 2012

"media sizes, ranging from 4" x 6" (15 x 10cm) up to A3+ (13" x 19" or 32.9 x 48.3cm) are fully supported"

The PIXMA PRO-1 Professional Inkjet Printer proudly supports professional photo printing on a variety of Fine Art and Glossy Photo Papers. Various media sizes, ranging from 4" x 6" (15 x 10cm) up to A3+ (13" x 19" or 32.9 x 48.3cm) are fully supported.

The PRO-1 can handle papers with a wide range of textures and thickness: A two-way paper feeding system provides a rear tray for most papers (up to 20 sheets at a time), as well as a dedicated manual feed (in the back of the printer) for thicker media types. The rear tray can take very thin plain paper (64 to 105 gsm) and it supports Canon special media up to approximately 300 gsm. The manual feed option supports media up to 350gsm and 0.6mm. That pretty much covers the entire spectrum of available standard and fine art inkjet papers!

You can utilize multiple paper types, including glossy and art. Other common options include Plain Paper, Fine Art Paper "Museum Etching," Fine Art Paper "Photo Rag," Photo Paper Pro Platinum, Photo Paper Pro Luster, Photo Paper Plus Glossy II, Photo Paper Plus Semi-gloss, Matte Photo Paper, High Resolution Paper, Photo Stickers, etc. Keep in mind that these are just some of Canon's expansive line of inkjet papers.

If you plan to print on 3rd party papers, check out this resource on the Canon U.S.A. website – offering a compatibility chart between well-known paper manufacturers and Canon's PIXMA PRO-1 (as well as the Pro9500 Mark II, Pro9000 Mark II, MP980/MP990 printers). The page also includes links to the manufacturers' websites to find and download their paper profiles, as needed.

Regarding Color Management, The PIXMA PRO-1 printer offers three unique color modes: Linear Tone, Enable ICC Profile, and Photo Color. Please read our article on understanding these color mode presets on when and how to use each mode to achieve the best results.

You can create your own custom ICC profiles by downloading Canon's Color Management Tool Pro software, which supports X-Rite tools, including the Color Munki Photo and Color Munki Design. Consider first that Canon has been working with several paper manufacturers, including Ilford, Moab, Innova, and Hahnemühle, among others to make more ICC profiles available.

New 36ml ink tanks, which are about 2.5 times larger than the tanks in the PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II and other similar models, are wonderful because larger cartridges generally reduce the cost per milliliter, in addition to reducing how often you need to replace them.

The PIXMA PRO-1's unique ink-delivery system has the ink cartridges housed on the sides of the printer, separate from the print head, which greatly improves print speed. You can print a 13" x 19" image in approximately four minutes and 20 seconds. A typical commercial or fine art studio will see a dramatic increase in productivity, while also increasing quality and reducing costs.

Finally, the topic that's on everyone's mind – longevity. Here's what you can expect: by using the new LUCIA inks and Photo Paper Pro Platinum in the PIXMA PRO-1, prints will be safe for approximately 50 years in mixed gas; around 60 years when exposed to light; and more than 200 years when stored in a photo album. Based upon independent testing conducted by Wilhelm Imaging Research, the expected light fastness of a print on standard semi-gloss media is approximately 70 years.

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