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Canon’s L Lens Red Ring Spreads to Printers with the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000

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The “L” in Canon’s L-series lenses stands for “luxury,” and the professional-grade lenses can be easily recognized by the distinctive red ring found near the end of the barrel. Canon is now expanding that red ring to the world of high-end photo printers.

Today, the company announced the new imagePROGRAF PRO-1000, a 17-inch professional fine art inkjet printer that features a red line across its body to indicate the quality of the prints you’ll get with it.

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Canon says the PRO-1000 is the first in a new series of imagePROGRAF that will echo the same red line as Canon’s EF L-Series lenses.

“This feature-rich professional printer complements Canon’s professional line of DSLR cameras and lenses for an ideal pairing that can produce high-detail, high-quality images when printed on a variety of media, creating images that look as accurate printed as when they were captured,” the company writes.

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The imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 improves upon the features and specs of the $1,000 Canon PIXMA PRO-1. It has a new print head that’s 50% larger, increasing the number of nozzles from 12,288 to 18,432. The larger head also prints faster: a 13×19″ print takes just 2 min, 30 sec instead of 4 min, 20 sec.

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Canon is also launching a new ink system called the LUCIA PRO — the 11-color (plus the Chroma Optimizer) system uses an optimized resin coating for denser ink droplets, which increases color gamut by up to 19% compared to the PIXMA PRO-1. Other features of the ink system include denser blacks, dedicated nozzles for Photo Black and Matte Black, and 80ml ink tank sizes for less hassle.

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Finally, Canon says the new printer also has a new software solution (Print Studio Pro v 2.0) and a new processing engine (L-COA PRO) for a better print creation workflow and better print results.

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Here are a couple of videos Canon released today to announce the new printer:

The Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 will hit stores at the end of October 2015 with a price tag of $1,300. Each color ink costs $60 and the Chroma Optimizer costs $55, so a full set of cartridges will cost you around $715.

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