I saw an ad where Canon was offering a $100 rebate if you bought this unit before 3/31/13 and as I've been thinking about a new printer I went into the local camera store to take a look - it takes up a lot of space and the ink is expensive but my goodness does it make beautiful 13x19 prints.
Being a born skeptic I went back for a 2nd look with a couple of my own files sized to 13x19 and made a couple of prints -- used luster, semi-gloss and pearl.
I'm sold on the quality it can produce but I'm sketical about how much it will actually cost to make a 13x19 print - paper & ink.
Does anyone have a Pro 100 and would care to share their experiences?
I've go a week to save $100 (or #200 if you buy $50 worth of paper with the printer).
I don't own the Canon Pixma Pro-100 but looking at the specs it is a typical inkjet photo printer of which I am very familiar with. If you are concerned about the cost of ink and paper you can rest assured that it is more than likely equal or less than an equivalent mini-lab print. I'm not talking about 4x6 snap shot prints because at that size mini-lab prices almost always beat the inkjets. But for larger prints up to 13x19 you should see a small savings.
While costs are a consideration you should also consider many of the benefits of printing with a quality inkjet photo printer. If you follow a color managed print workflow you should see much better output than from a lab. Plus you also have a much larger variety of papers available to you. One thing to be aware of is that this printer uses dye inks. Dye inks, while providing a very wide color gamut compared to pigment inks, are not truly archival (100 years or more) and many photo papers are not be compatible with dye ink.
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I use an Epson 2880 -- but a note on the Pro-100, Canon "does claim" that the newer dye-based inks are good to 300+ years -- I don't have the url handy, but its referenced by the Pro-100 specs I was looking at.
I can't comment on the Pro 100 by Canon but I own the Canon Pro 9000 and it too has stunning picture quality. I don't think you can print better quality photos at a lab than you will get out of these printers and the cost is definitely less than you will pay to have them printed. It also gives you a cost effective way to personally see (and experiment with) the incredible difference that some of the fine art photo rag papers can have with your images. I shot an old barn recently and printed it on a semi-gloss photo paper and the fine art photo rag made for Canon by Hahnemuhle (now sadly not available I believe). The paper gives the photo a "painterly" quality that is just beautiful in person. The one on the photo rag is just really amazing. I will try to take a photo of them side by side and post it. I think you would be really happy with the printer. They are big but worth it for the control in printing your images.
Hi, I read your comment with great interest. I just purchased a Pro 100. I have never used a printer before and am struggling at the moment. I just don't know how to go about printing from a computer. Can you recommend a source for the basics of how to go about printing? I use a Mac and Aperture 3. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Regards, Jack
I bought a Pro-100 printer this past Monday, and unfortunately it was defective. Canon Tech Service sent me a replacement and it arrived today. It works just fine. Kudos to Canon for a quick resolution. Have not quite figured out the wireless connection yet, but connected via usb for now. There is a $300 rebate right now if you buy a package of paper with it, which made the purchase a bit nicer. Now to try a print with it...
Gene, I'm a Canon Print owner and Canon offers great tech support. I'm not sure of Canon's tech support hours, but, I'm telling you from experience, they will patiently walk you thru your set up to see where your glitch is in the system. Best of luck.