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HAHNEMÜHLE FINEART PANORAMIC
To print a long panoramic image, roll paper is typically required. No longer. Hahnemühle is o;ering a pair of its fine-art papers—the matte-coated Photo Rag® 308 and high-gloss Photo Rag® Baryta—in panoramic-sized cut sheets. The 8. 3 x 23.4-inch Photo
Rag® 308 sheets can be accepted by any inkjet printer that can
handle media that’s 0.48mm thick. The Photo Rag® 308 is a 100
percent cotton paper with a matte finish and instant drying. It’s acid-free and has a whiteness level of 92.5 percent (the higher the
whiteness level value, the more light is reflected from the surface
of the paper). The Photo Rag® Baryta is a bit thinner, at 0.39mm,
and weighs 315gsm. It’s acid-free with a whiteness level of 91. It
contains no optical brighteners and dries instantly. Both versions
of the panoramic fine-art paper will be sold in packs of 25 sheets.
Price: $111 (Photo Rag® 308); $133 (Photo Rag® Baryta)
CANON IMAGEPROGRAF PRO-2000 & PRO-4000
Canon has refreshed its printer technology with a new ink set and new
print heads to deliver higher-quality, longer-lasting output. The 24-inch-
wide PRO-2000 (pictured) and 44-inch PRO-4000 use the same ink-set
and print-head technology that were introduced in the PRO-1000, and
deliver a higher Dmax and better gloss uniformity than earlier models.
They also employ Canon’s Chroma Optimizer, which is applied to a print
in the tiny gulfs between ink droplets to improve glossiness and expand
the color gamut. In addition to the reformulated ink and more precise
print heads, the construction of the printers has also been improved
to reduce vibrations that could impact print sharpness. Workflow enhancements include the use of three L-COA PRO processing chips
for faster data crunching and built-in hard drives so print jobs can be
quickly o;-loaded from a PC and onto the printer. Both models feature
a 3.5-inch color touch screen, USB ports and support for wireless printing. The printers work with an optional multifunction roll system.
Price: $2,995 (imagePROGRAF PRO-2000);
$5,995 (imagePROGRAF PRO-4000)
GO W I DE
THESE WIDE-FORMAT PRINTERS AND PAPERS WILL DELIVER
YOUR PHOTOGRAPHIC VISION IN GALLERY-WORTHY DIMENSIONS.