Canon Ij Setup imagePROGRAF iPF5100

Canon Ij Setup imagePROGRAF iPF5100

Canon Ij Setup imagePROGRAF iPF5100 –  Whilst Canon updated the iPF6100 model to an iPF6300, there was no similar update for the iPF5100.  Our iPF6100 review is quite long, so I’d recommend reading it as well as this one, if you are looking at the iPF5100, since the two are very similar.

In the US the prices seem lowest on the iPF6400 – see what offers you can find. Canon seem keen to shift these printers…The iPF5100 is available in the US from Amazon.com and B&H The printer has been available at signifcant discounts and represents an interesting option, if you were looking for a 17″ printer with roll paper capabilities and a paper cassette taking A2 flat sheet paper.

Apart from size differences, the 5100/6100 printers are very similar, although this review is written with much newer driver software, which now supports 64-bit working and other improvements in usability and print quality (see also our iPF6300 and iPF 8300 reviews for more details)

What do you get with the Canon Ij Setup imagePROGRAF iPF5100

Marketing claims for sure, but suffice to say, it’s a nice printer. There are full specifications for the printer at the end of this review. The printer itself is easily installed by two people, and whilst I -could- do it on my own, the printer at nearly 50kg is not something I’d want to move far.

The printer I’ve got to look at, didn’t come with a stand – if you’ve the space, one is a good idea, since 50kg is a lot for the desktop. The printer is moderately quiet in operation, and silent when it enters power saving mode. The printer has a built in cutter which is located at the very front of the printer, in a location potentially accessible to small fingers – as ever, be careful who uses a printer like this.

The printer version I’m looking at is the iPF5100.

The picture to the right shows the test printer being used for a panoramic image. You need to be careful with how you are handling the output for such large prints. The set of coloured inks (LUCIA II pigment ink) is aimed at giving a wide even gamut of colours on a range of papers.

The inks are:

PFI-101MBK Matte black
PFI-101BK Photo black
PFI-101PC Pale cyan
PFI-101C Cyan
PFI-101PM Pale magenta
PFI-101M Magenta
PFI-101Y Yellow
PFI-101R Red
PFI-101G Green
PFI-101B Blue
PFI-101GY Grey
PFI-101PGY Pale grey

There are two black inks for ‘photo’ and ‘Matte’ media – these are permanently loaded, and there is no need to swap or change black ink settings, this is set by the media choice when printing. There is a choice of USB2 or Ethernet to link your printer up to a computer. Ethernet speed is 100MB/s. There is also an optional Firewire (IEEE1394) interface board available.

Canon Ij Setup imagePROGRAF iPF5100

OPERATING SYSTEM DOWNLOAD
Canon series Mini Master Setup (OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8) Download
Canon series CUPS Printer Driver Ver.16.10.0.0 (Mac) Download
Canon series MP Driver Ver. 1.05 (Windows 10/10 x64/8.1/8.1 x64/8/8 x64/7/7 x64/Vista/Vista64/XP) Download
ICA Driver Ver. 3.3.4 (OS X 10.6) Download
Canon series CUPS Printer Driver Ver. 11.7.1.0 (OS X 10.5/10.6) Download
Canon series MP Driver Ver. 1.05 (Windows XP x64) Download
Printer Driver for Mac OSX Download
Canon series Scanner Driver Ver. 17.4.1b (OS X) Download
Canon series XPS Printer Driver Ver. 5.56 (Windows 10/10 x64/8.1/8.1 x64/8/8 x64/7/7 x64/Vista/Vista64) Download
Linux IJ Scanner Driver Download