Though the Pixma Pro 9000 photo printer that Canon announced today is just a minor market rehash of the admittedly good i9900, the 13-by-19-inch Pixma Pro 9500 is another matter entirely. The first pigment-based desktop photo printer from Canon, the Pro 9500 provides a large gamut of color ink to compete with the Epson Stylus Photo R1800, plus a modest neutral-gray set to take on the Stylus Photo R2400. The 10-ink/9-color set, which Canon plans to brand as Lucia inks, consists of photo black, matte black, gray, cyan, magenta, yellow, photo cyan, photo magenta, red, and green; the printer uses Canon's FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) printhead, with 7,680 nozzles that deliver 2pl droplets.
This should certainly make things interesting for photo-printing enthusiasts when it ships in early May for $840. I know I can't wait to see how it fares against the R2400.