The imagePROGRAF iPF6450, 24-inch large format printer was designed for professionals in the graphic, fine art, photography and proofing markets that seek the highest possible standards for quality-control and image reproduction. An incredibly large color spectrum is produced by the 12-Color LUCIA EX pigment ink set, which also provides better scratch resistance and smoother gradations. The new Multi-sensor included with this printer provides improved color density detection and allows for a full calibration to be completed within 15 minutes, with the ability to use non-Canon branded media. A new Color Calibration Management System allows for color calibration targets to be created using the iPF6450 with optional spectrophotometer and shared across all new iPFX400 12-color printers, and the included software allows for all printers on the network to be monitored from one central location. The printer supports ink tank sizes of 130ml and for the first time, 300ml, and the new sub-ink tank keeps some ink in reserve to allow for tanks to be changed without interrupting a print. In the printer’s highest print mode, the order of ink application and layering is optimized to maintain the highest print quality with fewer passes, making this mode twice as fast compared to previous models. The iPF6450 is also equipped with a large 250GB hard drive, geared to increase productivity in high volume printing and streamlined workflows, while allowing for faster processing of large files as well as the ability to reprint jobs directly from the printer.
As an optional add-on to the iPF6450, the SU-21 Spectrophotometer features a scan speed of 10 inches per second and can accommodate media of different thicknesses (Canon or non-Canon branded) thanks to the mobile carriage the device is placed on, which attaches right onto the front of the printer. The device also includes a user-switchable UV blocking filter that can be switched on and off according to paper type, eliminating the need to purchase individual sensors.
To expand printing options and capabilities, the iPF6450 printer comes bundled with a Print Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, Digital Photo Professional, and Microsoft Office. The enhanced Print Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop includes a new Adjustment Pattern Setting which allows for multiples of an image to be printed at once with different color values implemented and displayed. Gallery wraps for canvas prints can now be created using the new Gallery Wrap Feature. To improve versatility, the iPF6450 has a media configuration tool which allows customers to not only utilize existing Canon-branded media, but also with third party media. Designed for efficiency, reliability, and above all quality, the iPF6450 is the professional's answer to superior quality large format prints.
This is the first Large Format Printer that I have purchased. I was previously using the Canon Pixma Pro 9500 MK II. I was very satisfied with the results that I was getting from the MKII. However, I wanted the ability to print larger pictures (not be restricted to 13 x 19 inches) and have the ability to control the printing process. Out of the box, it was a very simple to assemble the printer stand and get the printer ready. The user manuals were very well written and not hard to follow. Getting the printer networked in was also very easy to do.
The picture quality is amazing. The first picture that I printed was a portrait shot of my 2 year old daughter. (Size of Print: 13x19, Canon Premium RC Photo Luster 24X100' roll) The skin tones were amazing and the colors were absolutely incredible. The fine details of my daughter's eye lashes to her hair was very impressive. I was also impressed with how fast the printer printed the picture. It actually seemed to print much faster than my MKII.
Overall, I am very satisfied with my purchase and look forward to many good uses out of this printer.
One drawback about the printer to me is that it feels little too "plastic". I wish Canon manufactured some of the parts out of metal, rather than plastic. For example, the Ink Compartment is easily scratched. I scratched that part just by taking it out of the packaging. (But that was my mistake)
May 21, 2013
1. For imagePROGRAF Printer Driver. For printing from PostScript applications such as Adobe Illustrator or QuarkXpress, please use a PostScript compatible RIP package. For a list of Canon recommended RIP packages, please consult with Canon Alliance and Industry Market list of RIP vendors. 2. The starter ink tanks initially packaged with the printer are not the same capacity as the replacement ink tanks specified here. 3. The maximum printable length varies depending on the application, OS, and RIP used