Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8400 44in, 12-colour Large Format Printer


Market and Applications and who uses this type of large format printer

The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8400 44”/B0 12-colour large format printer with 330ml/700ml Hot Swap ink tanks and  a built-in 250GB HDD is ideal for the Proofing, Photographic and Fine Art applications.  The iPF8400 delivers high productivity, print quality and reliability.

The imagePROGRAF iPF8400 puts the power of Canon’s world-renowned photography, ink-jet printing and colour imaging technologies into the hands of professional photographers and studios, digital fine artists and fine art productions specialists, and general print service providers. Think of the iPF8400 as an improved iPF8300 with a larger built-in HDD (250GB vs. 80GB) and faster throughput.

Design Supply, an Accredited Canon Large Format Solutions Partner, works closely with Canon to provide the best solutions available to get the job done for your business and maximise your opportunities.  With more than 25 years of experience in the large format printer market, Design Supply offers expertise and knowledge in tailoring the exact solution for your specific application.


Key features of the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8400

The iPF8400 44”/B0 large format printer features Canon’s innovative 12- colour pigment lightfast ink system delivering outstanding accuracy, rich colours and exceptional versatility by addressing the exacting needs of production and proofing environments as well as the specialist photography applications.  A new formula of pigments offers excellent colour reproduction and increases the colour gamut by around 20% over previous LUCIA versions.  The Canon ink system coupled with improved image processing technology delivers prints with denser, sharper blacks and smooth colour gradations, and finest photographic details in the shadow areas.  The new inks are designed with an innovative polymer structure that results in greater scratch resistance and protection from colour fading while also reducing bronzing to ensure durable, stable output.  The ink system also delivers higher print registration accuracy for precise text and fine lines which allows the iPF8400 to function as a precise proofing device.

Producing 2400 x 1200 dpi resolution, the iPF8400 prints A0 gloss in six minutes, Continuous productivity with the imagePROGRAF iPF8400 is easy, with ‘Hot Swap’ high capacity ink tanks in both 330ml and 700ml, enabling ink cartridges to be replaced during production.  .  An automatic email alert lets you know when it’s time to change ink tanks and replace media or notifies you when a job has finished.  Canon’s L-COA image processing technology combined with Gigabit Ethernet compatibility ensure stunning high speed reproductions enabling fast data transfer even for data-heavy files or high volume print jobs.  The ImagePROGRAF iPF8400 has a built in 250GB HDD and 384MB printer memory, enabling highly efficient printing of complex jobs, making it easier to handle large amounts of data and store large print jobs. The iPF8400 also features Canon’s Advanced Colour Calibration system ensuring the most stable colour reproduction attainable.  Canon’s unique colour calibration feature uses a built-in colour density sensor and a Calibration Link feature to optimise print output ensuring consistent and accurate colour reproduction.

Designed to work seamlessly with numerous third-party RIP vendors, the iPF8400 supports production, photography and proofing applications.  Improved software compatibility with ICC profile-based colour management systems (CMS) and support with third party RIP vendors add to the versatility of the iPF8400.  Compatible ICC profiles of popular media types from Hahnemuehle, Ilford and Sihl can be downloaded. Paper settings can be added and adjustments can be made to enhance the precision quality of your output with third party media.

The iPF8400 comes with a wide range of the latest comprehensive software including integrated printing solutions for photos (Print Plug-in for Photoshop); posters (PosterArtist) and MS Office (Print Plug-in for Office).


More on Canon imagePROGRAF proprietary technologies

Canon ImagePROGRAF large format printers use a number of advanced Canon proprietary technologies. FINE™ (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print-head technology and dual print head design features a total of 30,720 nozzles into just two 1” high density print heads. Bi-directional printing design of the ImagePROGAF printers means print times are significantly faster than conventional print systems which require multiple passes for each line to compensate for uneven droplet size and placement on the paper. An innovative ink-nozzle manufacturing method results in precisely uniform 4 picoliter droplets resulting in 2400 x 1200 dots per inch (dpi) resolution. Ink placement and accuracy is also enhanced by the redesign of the mechanical structure of the imagePROGRAF iPF8400 by making the device resistant to any vibrations caused during scanning.

Canon’s unique LUCIA EX pigment lightfast ink system incorporates 12 colours and superfine 4-pl (picoliter) ink droplets ensuring a wide colour gamut, smooth gradation, reduced graininess and reduced bronzing. A new formula of pigments offer excellent colour reproduction and increases the colour gamut by around 20% over previous LUCIA versions. Canon’s LUCIA ink system delivers exceptionally accurate colours by including both RGB and CMYK. The 12 colour ink system enables economical printing because there is less need to blend colours (such as magenta and yellow to create red) and so less ink is required. Two grey inks are included, further reducing the need to blend colours and keeping costs down.

The High Precision Photo mode feature is available for the very finest results required by artists and photographers. Specific technology controls ink placement according to the ink’s characteristics resulting in superb contrasts and detailed graduation in dark areas. Brilliant black and white photography reproduction is achieved with a combination of black, matt black, grey, and photo grey inks, allowing for incredible lifelike photography with exceptional detail, opening the door to numerous applications including wedding photography, christenings and the fast growing lifestyle portrait work. The new inks are designed with an innovative polymer structure that results in exceptional scratch resistance and protection from colour fading, while reducing bronzing to ensure durable, stable output for over 100 years. The LUCIA EX ink system also delivers higher print registration accuracy for precise text and fine lines which allow the iPF8400 to function as a precise proofing device.

Canon’s advanced L-COA (Large Format printer Common Architecture) image processor delivers faster high-quality output and print optimization. L-COA helps your printer carry out the most complex print jobs – where files can often exceed 200MB – with ease.

Kyuanos, a next generation colour management system is featured in the imagePROGRAF printer driver and the optional PosterArtist 2009 software. Kyuanos offers an extended color space for 16-bit and 32-bit formats that allows for maximum input and output performance without color space restrictions. This enables the reproduction of exceptionally vivid colors with rich gradation. Users can select the type of lighting under which a print will be displayed; the colours in the final print are then automatically adjusted to ensure that the displayed result looks just the way the photographer intended.

Canon’s Advanced Colour Calibration is a powerful colour calibration system ensuring the most stable colour reproduction attainable. In conventional systems, changing print heads may cause a minute variation in print output, due to the density characteristics of the print head. With Canon’s Advanced Colour Calibration, a multi-sensor measures variations in density on a printed calibration chart and then automatically applies any appropriate adjustments to ensure an exact match for long–term consistency.



  • Canon imagePROGRAF iPF8400 44″, 12-colour printer with Auto Roll Feed Unit and with Stand and Basket
  • 2 x Print Heads (PF-05)
  • 1 x set of starter inks (330ml each)
  • USB 2.0 &RJ45 Network Interface
  • 384MB Buffer
  • 250GB Hard disk
  • EU/UK Power cord
  • Set up guide
  • Basic guide
  • EU instruction leaflet (chemicals)
  • User manual CD-ROM
  • User software CD-ROM (Mac & Win)
  • Carrying caution leaflet
  • Safety/Standard Environment leaflet
  • Media sample –sheets
  • How to fit a stay for rolling prevention leaflet
  • Printer stand set up guide
  • Ink tank installation attention manual
  • PosterArtist Lite leaflet
  • PosterArtist Lite software CD-ROM
  • Driver setting guide
  • Hex wrench screwdriver
  • Eject assist bar
  • One year on-site warranty
  • One year access to MyLFP Support Desk

Software Included

  • Canon Printer Driver for Windows and Macintosh
  • Status Monitor/Print monitor
  • Free Layout & iR enlargement Copy
  • Media Configuration Tool
  • PosterArtist Lite (PC only)
  • Print Plug-In for Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint (PC only)
  • Print Plug-In for Photoshop
  • Canon Calibration Management Console
  • Print Plug-In for Canon Digital Photo Professional


  • Automatic Roll Take Up System: TU-06
  • Additional Roll Holder Set (2-inch core with 3 inch paper tube attachment): RH2-44
  • Stand with Paper Collection Basket: ST-43
  • IEEE 1394 Expansion Board : EB-05
  • 5 Metre CAT5E Network Cable
  • 10 Metre CAT5E Network Cable
  • 5 Metre USB 2.0 High Speed Interface Cable
  • EFI Express RIP Software Photo Edition with printer option XXL-44″+ (supports photographic file formats only: JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PSD for Mac & PC)
  • EFI Express RIP Software Proof Edition with printer option XXL-44″+ (supports PDF, PS, EPS, JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PSD for Mac & PC)
  • Mirage Master Edition Software
  • Mirage 8 and 12 colour Edition Software
  • Mirage Pro Extension Software


  • Ink Tank 330ml: PFI-306 (BK,MBK,C,M,Y,PC,PM,GY,PGY,R,G,B)
  • Ink Tank 700ml: PF1-706 (BK,MBK,C,M,Y,PC,PM,GY,PGY,R,G,B)
  • Print Head: PF-05
  • Cutter Blade: CT-06
  • Maintenance Cartridge: MC-08

Warranty & Support Options:

  • Canon Easy Service Plan- 3 years onsite cover from time of purchase
  • Canon Easy Service Plan – 5 years onsite cover from time of purchase
  • MyLFP 3-Year On-site Support Pack (3 Year Total)
  • Premium MyLFP 3-Year On-Site Support Pack (3 Year Total, includes 2 Annual Health Checks, Year 2&3)
  • MyLFP 5-Year On-site Support Pack (5 Year Total)
  • Premium MyLFP 5-Year On-Site Support Pack (5 Year Total, includes 4 Annual Health Checks, Year 2,3,4&5)
  • Hand delivery, Placement, Installation, and User Training
  • Remote Installation via Velmex Web connect – install drivers, send test print – 1 hour

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