Wednesday, November 30, 2016

MINI-REVIEW: Canon PRO-1000 & PRO-2000


Canon PRO-1000 17" Photo Printer

If you've followed my printing series, you know that I love printing quite a bit and that I've got a lot of time invested in both Canon and Epson printers. Both brands have their strengths and weaknesses, but I'm so excited about my two new printers that I had to write a quick blurb before the reviews are ready.

PRO-1000 Early Thoughts


Epson 80ml ink


Canon LUCIA PRO 80ml ink

While I am disappointed that it lacks the roll support that my Epson SureColor P800 offers, and the larger ink set on the Canon (12 vs 8) means higher ink costs, so far that's where my concerns have ended. With excellent build quality, a much more durable finish that looks fantastic, and most importantly gorgeous prints sent seamlessly over wifi, I've been very happy in my early testing with this printer. 

All of the ICC profiles I've tested for this printer from Canon, Red River Paper, and Ilford have been excellent so far.

PRO-2000 Thoughts 


Canon PRO-2000 24" Photo Printer with Optional Multi-Function Roll

I loved the prints I got from my iPF6300 and I loved the hard drive feature of the iPF6450, but the quality of the ICC profiles created for the 6450 never matched the quality that I enjoyed with the 6300. This meant that if I wanted a good print, I had to go through the effort of generating the profile myself.

For the PRO-2000, the print quality has been excellent and all of the ICC profiles I've tried so far have been very good. I did have one for the Ilford Galerie Prestige Smooth Pearl 310gsm paper that was slightly darker than I think it should have been, but the PRO-1000  profile was great so I think this was an anomaly.  All of the Canon and Lexjet profiles have been great too.

The optional multi-function roll support has been fantastic and loading sheet paper has gone very well so far. However, the biggest news here is that the phenomenally improved unibody construction makes this printer significantly more stable (and heavy) resulting in less movement and noise than its predecessors. This is a good thing and the looks of this printer just puts a smile on my face every time I walk into my studio - it's stunning to look at!

Features Video

Here's a great video that Canon did that shows how sweet these printer are, and much more is to come from me when I do my official reviews:

Black & White

Black & White support is on par with Epson Advanced Black & White (ABW)
Black & White support is on par with Epson Advanced Black & White (ABW)

One thing that Canon has always done an excellent job with is black and white prints, and the chroma optimizer makes those blacks look even more incredible.

The new Print Shop Pro software is like a scaled down RIP that replaces my beloved Canon Export Module, but you get to this one off the Automate menu in Photoshop to create print jobs with more features than the export module supported. Sadly it lacks the roll preview feature, but I'm getting used to it despite some quirks.

Pattern Print (aka Print Variations) lives on in both color and B&W
Pattern Print (aka Print Variations) lives on in both color and B&W

Initially I thought my beloved variations / print pattern feature was gone, but it's alive and well in both color and black and white modes. As usual it does better with big prints vs smaller sheets, but I got up to 45 thumbnails on a letter size sheet (not that you can see squat but it's possible).

PRO-1000 almost equals the PRO-2000

Other than size, ink capacity and roll support, these printers seem to behave identically in every way. The software and print results have been identical which is a good thing for people who like to have a dedicated sheet printer to go with their big roll printers (which is great if you can afford it as you don't have to fight the curls on smaller prints).

Both supported easy to setup wireless and wired network printing. The PRO-1000 does have the added support for integrating with Google Cloud print and AirPrint, so that makes it handy for every day jobs as well. The PRO-1000 also features a night mode to make it a little quieter at night, but neither one made enough noise to wake my 13 month old daughter in an adjacent room with the doors open, so I wouldn't consider either model to be noisy.

I'm thrilled to have this combo in my studio!

Conclusion

I'm quite excited about both of these printers which is why I'm doing this early sneak preview. I've got a couple dozen prints under my belt with them but need more testing before I can draw any official conclusions. I can say that it's everything I liked about the PRO-1 print quality with the amazing LUCIA PRO ink set and the fantastic Chroma Optimizer has been very, very good so far. The Canon faithful should be extremely pleased based on what I've seen so far.

See my full PRO-1000 review here and my PRO-2000 review here.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday Deals 2016

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I hate posting deals on the blog, but it's honestly how this blog is funded. This time of year I am flooded with deals and try to keep most of best ones contained to my deals newsletter , but around Black Friday, Christmas and the New Year I try to do a few extra deal posts to keep you informed. If you hate these, just check out the index or archive to the right on the desktop web browser (or the reviews tab on mobile) to get to the stuff you are really interested in.
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Thursday, November 24, 2016

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

25% All Trey Ratcliff Stuck In Customs Books, Presets and Tutorials (FREE PRESETS)

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REVIEW: Topaz Impression 2 (Discount Offer)

Video Tour

To help you better understand how this product works I created this video tour. While it's not a tutorial, you can get an idea how I use the product and in the end get a peek at how to customize to add your own personal touch:

Before and After Images

To give you some ideas how this product works, I created some one click edits that were created using the preset mentioned in the caption. Click on the images for a larger version.

Please note the abstract nature of these digitally painted photos means you'll need to view at a distance of at least 3 feet away to fully appreciate the effect.

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Japan Ryokan

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Japan Ryokan - Unedited Original

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Cave Dweller II Preset

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Crayon Scratch II Preset

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Rembrandt Portrait II Preset

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Van Gough I Preset

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Seurat Afternoon II Preset

Japanese Creek

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Unedited Original

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Cave Dweller II Preset

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Degas Dancers I Preset

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Rembrandt Portrait II Preset

Fall Trees in Kyoto

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Unedited Original

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Degas Dancers I Preset

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Edward Hopper I Preset

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Van Gough I Preset

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Seurat Afternoon II Preset

Topaz Impression generates natural painterly effects by painting brush strokes one at a time. (It just does this very fast!) Impression can paint over 10,000 brushstrokes in less than a second, all while completely following your artistic direction, making truly personal art that you can call your own.

Conclusion

This is one of the most creative products on the market, so I highly encourage you to at least try it out. While it can be a bit slow compared to what you are used to with other plug-ins, it's worth the wait for what it does - which sometimes can be mind blowing.

This is one of my favorite products of 2016, so I highly recommend it for someone wanting go in a totally different direction with their photos - just get ready for some "wow's" when people see it on hanging on the wall in your Meural digital canvas or your Whitewall print.

Impression 2 requires Windows 7+, Mac OSX 10.9+, and a GPU with OpenGL 3.3 or higher.

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ThinkTankPhoto Holiday Sale with free gift & free shipping

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My friends at Think Tank Photo only do any noteworthy sales event once a year, and that time has finally come. They have announced two holiday special offers on their award-winning camera bags. The first is their Outlet Center, which is full of huge discounts.  The second, through December 31st whenever you buy a Think Tank rolling camera bag you will receive Road Warrior Kit for free. 

The Road Warrior Kit features 10 Red Whips cable ties, a Cable Management 10 pouch, an AA Battery Holder and a Travel Pouch. That’s $54.50 worth of accessories FREE!  Click here to see the accessories page to learn more about these.

Don’t forget, Think Tank you will also receive a free gift when you use my links, as well as free shipping. 

Happy holidays,
Ron

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Monday, November 21, 2016

REVIEW: ThinkTankPhoto Airport Navigator

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Airport Navigator offer compact portability while handing heavy loads

The Airport Navigator is a mini roller with a design that allows you to access your gear two separate ways as shown here:

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Unique to this bag is the open from the top and front design

Access from the top can be very handy when you are in a hurry as shown here:

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Top entry means you can get to your cameras quickly

Despite its size, you can hold a lot of gear too as shown here when opened from the "side" which is traditionally how you access camera bags:

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When laying the bag down, you can open it as you traditionally would other bags

What's also need about this bag is that it was purposely designed to ride on top of other larger bags as shown here:

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Another nice feature about this bag is that it piggybacks nicely
on other bags like the
Airport International

Video - A Peek Inside

Here's a closer look that offers more detail than the photos on the web:

Conclusion

This is a cool bag because it offers the arm and shoulder saving rollers when you have the luxury to roll the bag, but you can pick it up and throw it on your shoulder when ground conditions (i.e., gravel, cobblestone, steps, etc...) prohibit rolling.

It's a small bag, but it can hold a surprising amount of gear. What's more, if you don't mind taking two bags (especially when you have a 2nd person travelling with you), you can use this as your day bag while having your full kit stored in a bigger bag.

For some it will be the one and only bag you need and for others who can absorb the cost of a dual roller bag setup (especially those with travelling assistants) it offers that extra space you need while still fitting nicely in the overhead compartment of the plane.

With excellent zippers, rollers and shoulder strap, I have no reservations about recommending this bag for those with a need for a bag of this size.

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