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The Canon Pro9500 printer is one the best investments I’ve ever made. (It has since been replaced by the Canon PIXMA Pro9500 Mark II.) The printer handles up to 13″ x 19″ borderless prints without a problem. Ink can be a bit expensive. However, the tradeoff is that prints look absolutely stunning. You would need a magnifying glass to see dots.

My favorite brand of paper to use with this printer is Ilford Premium Pearl which was recommended to me by a photographer friend named John Lauritsen

Back to Ilford. Their premium pearl paper has a slight stipple effect. A very nice texture reminiscent of vintage photo paper. It’s sheen is somewhere between matte and gloss. Perfect for those who have a hard time making decisions. I also think their matte paper is quite nice. All of their papers have corresponding printer profiles available through Ilford’s web site.

It’s always handy to have an extra set of ten ink cartridges. The Pro9500 uses 10 cartridges to produce a wide gamut of colors. They really covered their bases here:

  • Canon PGI-9 Gray Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Green Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Red Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Yellow Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Photo Cyan Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Photo Magenta Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Photo Black Ink Cartridge
  • Canon PGI-9 Matte Black Ink Cartridge

If you are looking for a printer that can handle every type of paper flawlessly, look no further. Sure it’s a nice chunk of change, but this isn’t a printer than you use for five years and throw away.