Summary: I bought this printer at the end of 2008 and have replaced the printheads 3 times. That's both the right and left heads at 500.00 each. This printer is a print head nightmare! I doubt seriously if I would ever buy another Canon printer. Prints are great, speed is great. Cost of operation is horrible. It is more cost effective to have my work printed out at a vendor then do it in house.
Excerpt: It is a high quality printer, but it rejects paper fed into the top loading port far too often and it makes no difference what brand, type or thickness the paper may be. Only posters paper is designed to front load and I never use the cassette being a fine art photographer. It is very difficult to use. Finding out how to set the printer commands is a chore. They could take some lessons from Epson in how to better write a manual and design a printer for user friendliness.
Pros: Durable construction, Fast Print Time, Low Ink Consumption
Cons: Hard Setup, Hard To Use, Jams Easily, Large Footprint
Summary: This printer makes exceptional prints on a wide variety of paper and is built like a tank. However, it's definitely not for point and shoot hobbyists, or even impatient amateurs. Ink usage seems far less than my comparable epsons, and this printer is never clogged, meaning no wasted paper. However, it takes a while to figure out, and it takes a bit of work.
Excerpt: Finally got the software downloaded from the Canon site, and got the printer working. Used up the sample roll of Premium Matte paper that comes with the printer. VERY pleased with the results! Now I just have to get a handle on calibrating and profiling...
Summary: This is a fantastic printer. We have used 2 of them for over 2 years. Until firmware ver 1.38 came out. Now it will not allow printing to continue if the head has the slightest clog. It will not even print out the sheet showing if the head is clogged. It just stops and says print head must be replaced ($500 to $600 ea) Tech support just says that the print heads are expendable.
Summary: I've had the IPF 5000 for about 2 years and never been happy with it. First, if you own a mac, it's a real coin toss as to weather the drivers are going to work. When a new Mac OS comes out, it's unbelievable how long Canon takes to update the driver. You almost have to keep a dedicated system/computer that you don't upgrade hooked up to the printer for it to work. When I was finally able to get prints out, the are beautiful.
Summary: The iPF5100 is a large, high quality printer, capable of output as good as or better than the competition and of more expensive printers. The ink usage is tolerable, and the paper handling is superb. Black and white images on art paper are IMHO best of class. Setup is quite easy. The roll paper unit works very well. Bronzing is no worse, but probably no better than the competition.