How does this printer compare with the HP 9180 that everyone has been raving about recently?
The Canon Pro9000 is a dye-based ink printer, and the HP9180 is a pigment-based ink printer. The Canon uses the Canon Chromalife 1000 inks which are said to be a longer lasting dye ink than previous Canon dye inks (vis-a-vis fading). The Chromalife inks are said to offer up to 30 years of light-fastness when displayed in a normal setting behind glass and perhaps as long as 100 years (theoretically) in dark storage when used with the appropriate papers.
The HP9180 pigments are said to be archival inks which in theory should last longer when used with the appropriate papers.