Have a Canon Pro9000 Mark II that has died (frustrating). I need to print relative large prints (13" x 19") but only occasionally and don't know what to buy. Some of the prints are B&W. Want something under $1,000. Suggestions?
Bill, Sorry to hear that your printer died. I also had to replace my Canon Pro 9500 Mark II Printer with Canon's Pro 1 Printer. It's just shy of $1,000.00 and prints up to 13x19. Not sure if Canon still has their rebate going, but you may want to check your local store to see if it's still available. You may also want to contact Canon because Canon offers a loyalty program and you'll get a discount when you purchase another Canon. They usually offer free shipping, but you will have to pay tax on your purchase. I know most of the subscribers to this forum are Epson users, so I'm sure you will get some other great suggestions.
Thu 01-Aug-13 11:19 AM | edited Thu 01-Aug-13 11:19 AM by mklass
There are a variety of Epson's available for far less than $1000 that will print 13" wide (and up to 44" long) The R2800 or R3000 us Epson UltraChrome K3 inks. IF you want to spend a little more, the 3990 is available and gets you to 17' paper width.
What I ended up doing was buying a Canon Pro-100 from Adorama for $89--yes, $89 ($389 with a $300 rebate). They throw in a 50 pack of Canon 13 x 19 paper and free shipping (if you are willing to accept slow shipping). This way I can use my spare cartridges and while I know the Pro 1 is better I have been satisfied with the output of the Pro9000. I know the Pro 1 prints will age better than those from the Pro-100, but the Pro-100 prints will last longer than I will!!!
Anyway, not sure how the economics of this works for Canon and Adorama, but if they are willing to give me a printer for $89 I'll take it. In reality I don't really print much of my own stuff--I can get decent printing locally cheaper than I can buy the ink for, but there are occasionally photos that I want to do the final alignment on myself.