Canon ImagePROGRAF iPF6350

Podcast 259 : Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6350 Printer Review

My new Canon imagePROGRAF iPF6350 large format printer was delivered on August 13, 2010. The first thing to note with this printer is it's big! Not huge as far as really large format printers, like the 44" or 60" models, but still, with the ability to print 24" or 610mm...

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16 Comments
  • Mark Woodworth
    Posted at 00:38h, 15 September Reply

    Very interesting. How would you compare the price per print to include time and amortization, with an online service? Thanks for the write up.

  • Steve S
    Posted at 12:07h, 15 September Reply

    You mentioned that you turn it off when not in use, per Canon, this is not the best idea for a few reasons. First, it eats up ink when it is turned on (in general, you will spend a lot more money on the wasted ink vs any power savings). Second, printer will run preventative tasks while powered on to stave off clogging.
    In summery, these printers want to stay on and be used.

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 12:41h, 15 September Reply

    Hi Mark,

    I’ve not checked, but I’m it has to be cheaper to print yourself, as long as you have a market for the work, or print often enough to make it worthwhile buying the printer.

    Hi Steve,

    Yes, I realize that I should be leaving it on, but it get’s up to 38 Celsius in this room during the summer, if I don’t have the AC on. I didn’t want to risk it until it gets cooler. I’ll start to leave it on as soon as it cools down enough, and I’ll see how it fairs as things start to warm up next year. The end plan is to be able to leave it on.

    Cheers,
    Martin.

  • Peter Dorr
    Posted at 18:00h, 30 October Reply

    Great overview.
    Just bought the same model and am currently installing it (quite a job indeed)
    But I am really struggling to find the PS CS5 plugin, either in 32 or 64 bit. I now use the CS4 plugin which I manually installed in the CS5 32bit plugin directory and that seems to work fine. But am really hoping for a native CS5 (64 bit even?) plugin
    Where did you get yours?

    thnx
    Peter

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 19:30h, 30 October Reply

    Hi Peter,

    Congrats on the new printer. Mine’s whirring away behind me as I type, printing out 24×36 inch canvases for gallery wraps.

    I am using the CS4 plugin with CS5, but there is only 32bit. It’s a pain, but that’s all Canon have seen fit to develop, in their ultimate wisdom.

    Cheers,
    Martin.

  • Eddin Morgan
    Posted at 15:21h, 26 November Reply

    Hi great info on this printer.

    I wanted to ask some ?s if you have time.

    I am looking at the Canon 6000s for its listed super fast print speeds but i can not find any revies on it or find a place by me to go to try it out.

    My ?s are

    The 6000s is only 8 inks VS what you have 12 inks. From what you have printed so far how much do you thing you would see in your prints if it was from only 8 inks VS the 12??

    You listed that a A1 print is only taking around 3 mins. Is that a full coverage print.
    Do you know how long it takes for a 16×24 print from the time you hit the print button?

    I need super fast printing that is good quality but not fine art super quality. I will be printing 12×18, 16×24, 20×30 and 24×36 prints live as customer wait for them to take home right after shooting their photos for a event system.
    Are the prints 100% dry when they come out?
    Can i right away mount them in a frame with clear plexiglass to give to a customer?

    Dost it take a long time to spool the print to the printer before it starts printing?

    One last ?
    Just starting out what should i buy?
    Extra ink
    What is a good photo paper for photos
    Anything else that is needed to get going?

    Thanks very much.
    Can you please e-mail me the reply so i do not miss it.
    I am looking at buying the 6000s in Dec B&h has it on sale for $2600 right now.

  • Martin Bailey
    Posted at 18:55h, 26 November Reply

    Hi Eddin,

    I’ve not seen prints from a 6000s, so I can’t talk about the quality first hand, but I can’t imagine it being bad. I can tell you though that the prints from the 6350 are superb, and require very little soft-proofing, if any for most prints.

    On the speed, as I said above, 3 minutes is a guess. It feels like about 3 minutes. Canon specs say that the 6000s will print full page A1 in High Speed mode in one minute, and 3.2 minutes for normal printing mode. Canon says it’s actually 4.1 minutes for the 6350, so it’s a bit slower.

    I haven’t timed anything, so I can’t really say how long a 16×24 print would take, but I’d say you are still only talking a couple of minutes. Unless you set up the printer to wait for the entire job to spool before printing, it starts within a few seconds of you kicking the job off, and is printing while the rest of the data is transferred.

    From your question, it looks like you are planning to print to sheet paper, not rolls. One thing I’ve found with my printer since I did the above review is that it isn’t all that good with sheet paper. You can get ink marks on the side of the sheet quite regularly, because sheet paper is rarely totally flat. Even having straightened it out carefully before feeding it into the printer, you get marks and have to throw out the print pretty regularly.

    I’m going to be doing most of my printing from rolls, so it’s not such a big deal for me, but if your plan is to use sheets, you might want to rethink.

    With most papers, the prints will be dry to the touch when they come out of the printer, but they should really be left to dry for 24 hours before you frame them, but at a push, you could frame straight away, especially as you’re naming aiming for fine art quality.

    To start out, I suggest you just buy a maintenance cartridge, unless you are going to be printings lots and lots straight away. I’ve done around 70 square feet of printing with mine so far, and only the black cartridge has just dropped from 60% (this is all the cartridges that come with the printer have in them) to 40%. These printers are very economical compared to consumer printers.

    As for paper, ultimately you’ll need to decide yourself, but from what you wrote above, I’d say just some standard Canon Gloss or Semigloss paper will be fine.

    I hope this helps some.

    Martin.

  • Steve C.
    Posted at 15:54h, 11 January Reply

    Martin, thank you for the review.

    I received this printer as a Christmas gift. I’m concerned it may be too much for me. I am an amateur of intermediate skills, shoot using a Nikon D300, and use an iMac 27″ and Aperture.

    I have not used on-line services to print in large format, so I have no idea what sort of quality is to be expected from those services vs. using a printer like this.

    I would probably not print more than 2 or 3 large format prints per month using this printer. Would that be too low a duty cycle? Clogged ink, wasted ink, etc. What are the advantages/disadvantages using cut sheet vs. roll paper?

    Would it make more sense to use an on-line service in such low volumes? Apple’s print service lists 20 x 30 in. prints at $15.

    I do like the idea of having more control and reduced turn-around time.

    Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated, from you as well as any others.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 13:07h, 15 January Reply

      Hi Steve,

      The quality from this printer is amazing. You will have to learn some printing basics first though.

      Only printing a few images per month should hurt. I sometimes go a few weeks between prints and I haven’t had any issues yet. I have started to leave mine turned on though now, and every so often the printer shakes the ink cartridges to keep the ink from clogging. It might also do other stuff, but I’ve not noticed anything other than ink agitation.

      You would be doing yourself a disservice using an on-line service while owning this printer. You have much more control over the entire process now. I would certainly make the most of that.

      Ink and paper costs can be calculated per print with this printer, so I suggest you enter the cost of inks and each paper, and take a look at what it’s costing you. It almost certainly be less than $15 for a 20×30 print. Mine does get close to that, but I have to import my paper from the US, so the cost is higher.

      The majority of the prints that you make with this printer will look great, assuming that you have your monitor calibrated, including lowering the brightness. Some will take some soft-proofing, but nowhere near as much as your usual consumer printer. If you need help with calibration or soft proofing, search here on my blog. I have released videos on both.

      Cheers,
      Martin.

  • Frank Trinkle
    Posted at 10:57h, 18 February Reply

    Just a note…’

    I’m getting ready to purchase the 6350, and the current price at B&H is now US$2895 with shipping free to CONUS. NOW, on top of that… if you get it (Or the 6300, 8300, or 9100) before 31MAR11 from ANY US dealer,(BH Photo has the lowest price) Canon has an awesome rebate in progress. It’s $750 on the 6350 and $1000 on the 8300. That makes the price $2145… Delivered… if in the USA! Awesome!

    By the way, Martin… Omedeto on your citizenship! That’s a big jump, and you’re the only third white Gaijin I’ve heard of that’s converted! I’d love to have a chat sometime. (I spent 15 years off and on living in Japan)

    Yuroshuku onegai,

    Frank

  • Canon Printer
    Posted at 18:20h, 30 June Reply

    Congrats for the new printer and thanks for the review. Hope it will help in reducing some more price per print.

  • Andy
    Posted at 19:13h, 23 July Reply

    It look good and great printers. we are also around burbank USA . A large format printer distributor company Including Mutoh valuejet, OKI procolor910/920WHT/930 and GO printers(Go ecoMax )

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