But you can - just click the 8 bit button on the first page. That should be the very first thing you notice. Have you really given this printer a fair chance and approached your testing with an open mind?
I think so. I don't dislike it, I just don't have the room and newer printers are coming in for testing.
I HATE the papers I was sent. I don't love the loops I have to jump through to setup the printing via the unit itself. The output quality was very nice once I put in decent papers. Its loud and big. I didn't like not being able to use the export module in LR too.
The 8 bit plug-in path is said by Canon to be the exact same printing path as the driver. Prints made both ways with the same profiles are visually identical and support that claim. What's to doubt?
Just want to make sure that's the case.
In the meantime it's not unfair to compare the best quality one can get from Canon's 16bit path via the plug-in versus the best quality that can be had through Epson's driver or HP's driver and plug-in. If the bottom line is that one can get smoother gradients and/or color gamut and/or less bronzing one way over another than those are very valuable observations, IMO.
They are although it didn't work out well in all my workflow scenario’s. When I did print out of Photoshop, I used the export module.
Canon's printers do have certain advantages which I feel aren't getting their fair share of the attention. I don't think there is any need for a Canon vs Epson vs HP religious feel to these discussions. They are all fantastic printers and their various technological advantages are worth celebrating.
It wasn't my intent to start such a this versus that thread. This is a nice unit, its just no longer state of the art and I need to make room for new printers. The Epson driver with respect to 16-bit is a non issue, none of the applications I use send more than 8-bits to the driver.
My initial questions were about the apples to apples comparisons of the two different drivers. In one respect, it sounds like they are identical and in another they are not so I'm still a bit confused by the answers to this initial question.