WPPI 2016 has seen its fair share of product intros. We’ve paced the halls to bring you a few of the highlights.
Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-2000 & PRO-4000
The 24-inch wide PRO-2000 and 44-inch PRO-4000 use the same ink set and print head technology that was introduced in the PRO 1000 and deliver a higher Dmax and better gloss uniformity than earlier models.
They also employ Canon’s Chroma Optimizer, the first time it has been used in the company’s 24 and 44-inch printers. Outside of the reformulated ink and more precise print heads, the construction of the printers has been improved to reduce vibrations that could impact print sharpness. Workflow enhancements include the use of three L-COA PRO processing chips for faster data crunching and built-in hard drives so print jobs can be quickly off-loaded from a PC and onto the printer.
Both models feature a 3.5-inch color touch screen, USB ports and wireless printing. They support three different ink tank sizes, a new 160ml cartridge plus 330ml and 700ml tanks. Thanks to the use of a sub ink tank, all ink cartridges drain completely before needing a refill.
The printers will work with an optional multi-function roll system which can act as a dual media roll or a take-up unit.
The PRO-2000 will sell for $2,995 or for $3,795 with the roll system. The PRO-4000 will set you back $5,995 or $6,995 with the roll system.
Sony Wireless Flash
Sony shooters will soon get their hands on their very own wireless flash transmitter, the company announced today at WPPI.
Due this summer, the FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander and FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver will have a maximum range of 98 feet.
Sony says the system will be able to control a maximum of 15 separate flash units in up to 5 groups of flashes. You’ll have both manual and automatic control over the exposure of connected flash units and hit flash sync speeds of up to 1/250th of a second. There’s also high speed sync (HSS).
Profoto Beauty Dish
Profoto hit WPPI with new modifiers for its B2 on/off-camera flash system. The new OCF Beauty Dishes will be more compact and lighter than the company’s standard light shapers. They’ll have fewer parts too, so they’ll be easier to mount.
There will be two Beauty Dishes, both for $179. They’ll both have a deflector plate, an optional diffuser and come with a carrying case. The white dish will deliver a soft and more even light when the silver dish will deliver a bit more contrast.
Solidiphy uses 130 Canon Rebel S1 DSLRs, all attached to a synchronized trigger and strobe lighting, to create an immersive, multi-angled image of a person. The Rebels are housed in cabinets arranged in a circle, about 14 feet in diameter–although the size of the system can vary depending on your needs.
After you trigger the shutters, the 130 JPEGs are sent to your PC where they are then uploaded from Solidiphy’s software to the company where the products are 3D printed. Solidiphy charges a wholesale price on printed products and has suggest retail prices, though photographers are free to set their own prices.
Solidiphy can produce cake toppers, figurines, Lego heads and more. Turnaround times range from 7-10 days.
Solidiphy isn’t cheap. It costs $130,000 and the price includes installation, set up, training and support. You’ve got to move a lot of figurines to recoup your investment, but the quality of the 3D print is lot higher than other 3D printed figurines we’ve seen.
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