Summary: I could only give this printer 3 stars because it uses a lot of ink. It does produce very good quality prints, but it is slow. For the money, I would recommend this unit because of print quality. The installed color profiles work very well, so I don't see a need to produce your own. There are 2 different programs that come with the software disk. One program is for general printing and the other is for photographic.
Summary: If this printer was wireless I would have given it 5 stars. Print quality is as good or better than lab prints. Not the fastest, but sharpness and detail is amazing. I have been using 3rd party inks and running a custom profile so ink cost is not an issues. Color match is excellent. Very happy with the printer.
Summary: I have owned the Pro9500 for several years and, in general, I think it is an excellent printer. I have now bought the Mark II version and I will do a quick comparison as well as comment on the state of Canon's Pixma Pro support. Comparison: I can see no differences in prints made on the two printers. The Mark II has a "swing" gate where paper is feed in the top to prevent dirt going into the print mechanism; the older model does not have this piece.
Summary: The first thing you notice is the build quality. While the machine certainly isn't cheap, the fit and finish suggest a more expensive product. This is an upgrade from my Epson 2200, which I've had for many years. The Epson seems a bit flimsy by comparison. As everyone has said, the print quality is excellent. I especially like the depth of the blacks on my BW prints. As good as I used to get back in the old darkroom days.
Summary: I have not printed many photos with the printer as of yet. What I have printer so far look great. The printer is much slower than the HP Photosmart I'm replacing. Because of the size of the printer I could not put it on the computer desk and had to put on a table on the other side of the room. I needed to add a USB hub between the computer and printer to make the distance. Sure wish the printer had wireless and/or Ethernet like the HP printers.
Blown Away by Results - very slow 13x19's - B&W also great
10 December 2009
Summary: As a former owner of the Canon i9100 13x19 6 color process printer, I have to say that Canon has outdone themselves with this printer! The quality of the prints is AMAZING! My only complaint is that the printer is SLOOOOW. It took over an hour to print seven 13x19 pics. I am also VERY impressed with the black and white results. Unlike my Canon i9100, this printer doesn't seem to "tint" the grayscale printing with ANY color ink at all.
Summary: I was looking at the Canon Pixma Pro 9500 for around 4 months before I bought it. I'm glad I didn't go with any other brand. After having printed many photos over the years I feel the canon line has the best of most worlds. Quality of the prints I do is unbelievable when compared to printing to my other printer (HP). The tones are closer to real life tones with the Canon and it is a fraction of the cost when compared to my other machine.
Summary: I don't do product reviews too much. But I have to post a review about this printer. I just received it on Thursday evening. Today is my first chance to use it. Once you get the color management and paper types set properly the output is exactly the same as what you see on the monitor. I use a calibrated work flow. My monitor is calibrated and I use the ICC profiles that the vendors provide. I also have the hardware and software to build my own profiles.