The PIXMA Pro range of medium-format colour inkjet printers from Canon is designed for the keen photography enthusiast or professional photographer, for whom A3+ images will be large enough. The PIXMA Pro9000 Mk II handles a wide range of media and uses an eight-ink print system, supplementing photo cyan and photo magenta inks with red and green.
Since this printer can handle paper up to 13 inches wide and has to get its eight cartridges to either edge, it's a wide machine, measuring 660mm across. It's boxy looking and in some ways basic, as there's no LCD display of any kind and no memory cards. We guess the rationale is that anybody buying this machine is going to be at least passing their images through Photoshop and printing only from a PC or Mac, once they've been tweaked.
This is also why there's only a single USB socket on the printer, with no attempt to network the device. As a concession, there's a PictBridge connection, so you can link in your camera and use the camera's display to select and manipulate images before printing.
The rear paper tray folds up into a two-stage support for 150 sheets of 80g/sm paper, at sizes up to A3+. You can also feed single sheets of special or thick media up to 300g/sm from the front of the machine and there's a fold-down tray at the rear, with a pair of spring-loaded butterfly arms, to provide a completely flat paper path. There's also a CD/DVD carrier, complete with insert, so you can print directly onto conventional circular discs or credit card-sized mini-discs.
There's a surprising amount of software supplied with the PIXMA Pro9000 Mk II, including a complete copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 and Canon's own Easy PhotoPrint Pro plug-in for all varieties of Photoshop, as well as a useful label-printing applet and a well-equipped driver.
Easy PhotoPrint Pro contains an automatic adjustment for the type of light images will be viewed under. So, for example, if the principal lighting will be halogen, the software will use different colour compensation from what it will use if you specify fluorescents.