PMA isn’t just for kiosk, minilab, and digital camera introductions—there’s so much more to be found walking the aisles. In the March issue of PTN, our Digital Guru, Don Sutherland recapped the digital camera introductions and developments that were announced at the show; and our Minilab Maven, Jerry Lansky took a look at the kiosk and minilab announcements made at PMA, in his On-Site column this month. So in this space, we’ll recap some of the many printers, papers, and output options that were launched at February’s PMA show.
Of the 22 products Canon introduced at PMA were two 13x19 inkjet printers. The Pixma Pro 9000 is an eight color, dye-based inkjet printer using Canon’s Chroma Life 100 inks. Able to output from 4x6 to 13x19, it offers 4800x2400 dpi print resolution. The Pixma Pro 9500 is a 10-color, pigment-based inkjet printer that can output prints from 4x6 up to 13x19/14x17. Using archival pigment inks, the 9500 also offers 4800x2400 dpi printing. Both desktop printers are designed for the prosumer/advanced amateur and professional photographer.
Kanematsu USA added the Shinko CHC-S2145 dye-sub printer to its line, combining high speed with quality output in 4x6, 5x7, and 6x9 sizes. Windows compatible, connecting to computer with USB 2.0, the CHC-S2145 can be used as an event photographer’s on-site printer, or at retail. The company also added the Shinko CHC-S1245. Also portable enough for a photographer or retail use, this printer can output borderless 8x10 and 8x12 dye-sub prints.
Photos aren’t just meant to be printed on paper either. Roland Advanced solutions division highlighted its MPX-70 Metaza Photo Impact Printer desktop device for retailers or photographers to imprint photos and artwork onto a range of hard acrylic and metal surfaces. Using a carbide-tipped stylus, the device can reproduce delicate gradations of halftone, line-art, and text. Brooke International added the new Hope Jigsaw Puzzle Machine to its offerings. The HR-1218 allows for puzzle creation with greater piece counts, on larger sheet sizes, up to a 300-350 piece, 12x18 puzzle.
New Products for the Photofinisher
Universal Electronics Industries developed the Tokina Color Viewing Stations, featuring fluorescent lamp tubes for standard D50 color temperature (5000K). Fully collapsible, the stations are portable and lightweight enough to suit a variety of applications.
Coda added to its line with black mountboards, in both cardboard and styrene materials. Coated with Cold-Mount pressure sensitive adhesive, they are available in standard sizes from 4x5- to 48x96-inches; and custom sizes. Mackay Photopak added a new Print Box that can hold up to 300 4x6 prints. Made from sturdy hardboard, and easy to assemble, it comes in white, but can be imprinted in up to two colors.
Neil Enterprises introduced the Photo Gift Center Display unit, designed to stand beside a retailer’s digital printing kiosk, to add to incremental, impulse sales. All items are self-assembly, so there’s no outsourcing—which means instant gratification for the customer. The products on display in the unit are packaged for easy replenishment, and focus on a wide range of photo taking occasions and events.
Seal Graphics Americas introduced its new ProSEAL 44 laminator at the PMA show. This pouch laminator features a single heated roller, and uses Seal’s Pouches and Pouch Boards for on-demand, one-step mounting and laminating. The ProSEAL 44 replaces Seal’s previous 44-inch model.
Ferrania expanded its OptiJet line of inkjet cartridges and media. The new cartridges are designed as an affordable alternative to using OEM inks, and are 100% compatible with the latest Epson, Canon, HP, and Lexmark printers. Ferrania also exhibited its PermaPix advanced archival inkjet photo paper. The paper comes in 15-sheet 8.5x11, and 50-sheet 4x6 packages.
Innova Art Ltd. Introduced a series of papers designed for bookart, portfolio, and album construction; available in single- and double-side coated versions, to meet the needs of a range of applications.
InteliCoat and ErgoSoft announced the Magiclée RIP powered by ErgoSoft StudioPrint. The new workflow solution is designed specifically for photographers and retailers using InteliCoat’s Magiclée media, to offer an easier fine-art, printmaking workflow.
Premier Imaging Products added Velvet BW Fine Art Paper, a bright-white, soft press cotton paper, with a subtle texture. One hundred percent canvas rag, the paper is acid- and lignin-free, on a pro-grade 300g base. The new paper comes in both rolls and sheets. Premier also added the Smooth Matte Canvas, a bride-white cotton canvas; and Platinum Rag Fine Art Paper, museum grade paper similar in feel to fiber-based Black & White photographic paper.
And lets not forget film, as both Kodak and Fujifilm introduced new and improved emulsions for both consumer and professional film users.