Hi, When it comes to cameras, I am all Nikon. When it comes to printers, I am a Canon fan. I wondered if there is anyone out there using a Canon Pro 9000 series printer? I do, and think they make gorgeous 13 X 19 prints. I recently tried a landscape with a old barn and used Canon Photo Matte or Semi-gloss and compared it to the old Canon Photo Rag made by Hahnemuhle. (I had purchased a sampler pack some time ago and had the photo rag left over). The picture on the photo rag was really beautiful. Has anyone experimented with papers that produce a similar result to the Hahnemuhle photo rag (since it is now discontinued)? Especially, has anyone tried the new Canon Luster with photo rag to see if the results are similar? I have seen the customer reviews on Amazon but they were comparing against the semi-gloss and matte. Also if anyone has experimented with an Ilford paper that is similar to the Hahnemuhle photo rag I would love to hear from you.
I suspect you are going to find a lot of Epson people here, and also people who don't want to depend on dye-based inks.
I have an old cheap Canon and a photo quality Epson (2880) -- so I can't really compare -- I bought the Epson on recommendation from a number of professionals on this forum, I had been looking at the Canon 9000 or 9100.
All I can really attest to is that I love the Epson!! My Canon is relegated to printing text and pages of the web.
If I had won the lottery, I would try new printers (e.g. the new Pro-100) as they come out just for fun -- but ...
Thanks for the response! I have to admit that the Epson 2880 and better is out my league financially and will likely remain so. But if I win the lottery maybe I can buy an Epson and compare. I think the ink for the Epson is also likely to be a lot more.
Sat 06-Apr-13 06:58 PM | edited Sat 06-Apr-13 07:01 PM by barrywesthead
I use several Canon Pro 9000 printers and before them i9900’s. They are great for printing glossy and satin photos to conveniently hand to a friend. They are also fantastic for printing business cards and beautiful glossy 2-sided 11x17 business brochures.
For fine art and high quality I use only Epson large format printers. They are less convenient but there’s no comparison in quality.
> >BTW, I don't see the link on the business cards.
Thanks for that feedback. Must be an Explorer add-on I've picked up somewhere. I had not noticed it on some other sites so assumed it was a gratuitous feature from Nikonians. Guess I’ve got some corrective action to take.
Sun 07-Apr-13 07:04 AM | edited Sun 07-Apr-13 07:05 AM by sulkyrob
I use an i9950 up to A3+ (13 x 19) and am very happy with the results. I did use Hahnemuhle fine art rag when it was available but now use Moab Entrada Rag Bright 300. I'm equally happy with the results with it.
Rob Wyatt A Nikonian from Melbourne, Australia
D300, Nikon 17-55, Nikon 70-200, and Nikon 200-400, SB600
Thank you so much for your reply. I have to admit I would be shocked if another printer in the same price range can beat it as I always thought the prints it makes are beautiful. I will be looking for the Moab Entrada Rag Bright 300. I was lucky enough a few years ago to have bought some of the Canon paper samplers in the 13 x 19 in size and didn't realize I had two packages left on the bottom of a big box. So this gives me time to watch for a great price on the Moab. Happy shooting!
I was in the market for a 13-inch printer about a year ago. A friend, whose work I respect, has used a Canon Pro 9000 MK II for a couple of years. He was kind enough to run a few prints for me and I was sold on the quality of the prints.
I found a good price on one as Canon had all kinds of rebates out there where people would get a $400 rebate if they bought a Rebel and a printer.
I bought a new in the box never opened Pro 9000 MK II printer from a guy who bought the camera for his wife. By the time he got the rebate from Canon and sold me the printer for $200, his camera was free. And I got a great printer at a super-low price.
I had been doing a lot of research on printers, and was favoring a newer pigment model, but when I looked at how the Pro 9000 handled my own photos at 13X19 inch prints, combined with the super low price, I could not pass it up.
I can't really speak to your paper question as I have never used that brand. I have on hand some Canon, Epson and Ilford, but my go-to paper for most projects is Red River Paper. I really like their Arctic Polar Satin (66 lbs).
Thank you! I too am pretty blown away by the print quality on these printers. You got an awesome deal on your printer. I do landscapes so 13 x 19 is my usual size. I will check out the Red River paper. I will try to get some and compare to what I have. I was truly just amazed at what the photo rag did. If I can get some fairly soon I will try to photograph the results.
The Canon Pro 100 that I recently purchased is producing results equal to and better than I get from Mpix.com. It has been easy on ink consumption as well, except for printing HDR Black and White. In that mode, it uses a lot of gray and black ink. It could not perform better in my opinion.
For paper, I use Inkpress mostly and some Canon papers. The Inkpress papers perform better than Canon for me. My local camera shop handles a wide line of Inkpress papers and has a catalog with actual samples printed on all of the Inkpress papers. You may find something in the Inkpress like that will work for you.
Thank you for that! I will check out Inkpress. The Red River paper suggested by someone else may be a contender as well. I really want to try some different ones to get the look I want. I appreciate your response. Shena
Shena, I have used Red River card stock on my Canon Printer and was happy with the results. You can go on Red River's website where they have many helpful tutorials. You can also give them a call and get any of your questions answered. They sell a sample pack of their paper.