Canon ImagePROGRAF iPF5000
Until recently, if you wanted to make exhibition-quality archival inkjet prints in very large sizes, Epson was the only place to shop. But this impressive new Canon model takes direct aim at Epson's Stylus Pro 4800, producing fine art-quality prints that are 17 inches in width. The imagePROGRAF iPF5000 leads the first generation of Canon printers to use pigment-based Lucia inks, which last much longer than the dye-based inks of other Canon inkjet models (about 100 years), yet deliver a comparable color range. To that end, the iPF5000 uses a record-setting 12 separate ink cartridges, including red, blue, green, gray, and photo gray in addition to the usual CMYK, photo cyan and photo magenta, and a matte black.
Unlike its competitor, the Canon lets you use glossy or matte paper on demand, switching cartridges automatically to suit your chosen surface. All that dedicated black and gray delivers lustrous monochrome results. With 30,720 ink nozzles and dual print heads, the iPF5000 can make a 16.5x23.4-inch glossy at 1200x1200 dpi in a breathless three minutes. About $1,950.