Your thoughts on the Canon Pixma Pro-1

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  1. Arkados macrumors regular

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    I have looking into purchasing a very high-end printer for freelance work and was recommended the Pro-1 from a teacher in my communication design classes. My one concern is the thickness of paper it can take. I love the weight and feel of Neenah Paper's cover weight papers and would like to know if anyone has had experience using cover weight papers in this printer. Also just some of your opinions on the printer. Thanks.
     
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    I have both the Pixma Pro 1 and Pro 100. I am fortunate to work in the printing industry so get to use a lot of different papers in my printers. I have never tried anything above 120 lb. cover weight, but have never had an issue running 120 lb. through either printer. 120 lb. is also equivalent to 12 point. This is fairly heavy cover stock.

    I have run gloss, matte, offset, photo and art cover stocks. None have ever been an issue.

    I am sure that either printer could handle heavier but have never had a request for it. The only thing I do make sure of when running heavy card stock is to have the right grain. Since you will be feeding by the short side of the stock you will require short grain stock. This will make the stock more flexible going through your printer.

    You will like the Pro 1 once you get use to it. I have done some beautiful work with my Pixma printers. They just require some learning and a large footprint. Canon make a very good line of printers, as does Epson.
     
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    So I just purchased the Pixma Pro-1 and set it up. Love it! Best purchase I've made in a while. I'm just having problems with trying to calibrate the color. The oranges are looking dull and almost brown. Any suggestions? Seeing as this is my first commercial quality printer I don't even know how to go about doing this.
     
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    Best suggestion is using Canons ICC Profiles and Canon paper when first trying out. Here is a link to a thread that has some really good info in regards to both the Pro 1 & Pro 100 printers. The info will pretty much apply to either printer. Also, "Read the Manual", can't say this enough. It is a lot of reading but well worth it. Will give you a good understanding of your printer.

    Took me time to learn mine. And I thought it would just be a breeze since I am in the printing industry. Boy did I get a surprise at what I learned and the testing it took.
     
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    Thank you so much for your help. Did you have updating your drivers? I've gotten it to print but I've tried to update the most up to date drivers to work with Mavericks better and I always get the printer not recognized error when using the update tool.
     
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    I always update directly from Canons website. Just search the Pro1 and under Drivers & Software you will find all the downloads you require. They will be current. Canon pretty good at keeping their site updated.
     
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    Have you used regular copy paper on this printer? I have been printing things out on stock copy paper and am getting balls of what seems like ink on them. Wonder if I need to be going to higher quality paper.
     
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    I only use 60-80 lb. paper for standard use. Have run up to a 15 Point cover weight stock with no problems. And run 8 & 10 Pt. cover stock on a regular basis. This is a higher grade paper that I have access to than is not sold in the stores. I have never run store bought paper. I get all my paper through work, which is all specifically designed for copiers.

    Sure sound like something got dirty (possible the print heads) and need to be cleaned. I have seen some paper not accept the ink and make a mess as well, which could be causing you the problems. You may need a better paper. It could also be something as simple as the paper curl causing it.

    Go to your Canon manual and look under the troubleshooting area for some possible answers. Unless I was there I can only guess.
     
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    The spec for the pro-1 say it takes 300gsm paper.

    If you want general opinion, it's a pretty decent printer, but not something I'd call vey high end, and in that price range I'd start looking at a 17" path and holder for roll paper.

    I have the Pro-100 and for the price it's fantastic. Since I like metallic paper, the pigment ink in the Pro-1 is actually a disadvantage for me.
     
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    I was looking at reviews for the Epson Stylus Pro 4900. A lot of people stated that it started out great, but got really clogged within a year or so. Many reviewers have said Epson Support wasn't much help. I haven't tried it myself so I don't know firsthand. I'd like a wide-format printer for my photography, but I don't have the money nor the space to put it. :(
     
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