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Fujifilm introduces high-speed dye-sub photo printers  
Tuesday, January 16, 2007 | by Rob Galbraith
Fujifilm has unveiled the ASK-2000 and ASK-4000, two new compact dye-sublimation printers aimed at working photographers who need to print in volume on location.
  • The ASK-2000 will make 4 x 6 inch, 5 x 7 inch, 6 x 8 inch and 6 x 9 inch prints; a borderless 5 x 7 will roll out of the printer in 16 seconds, claims Fujifilm, and costs about 59 cents (calculated from the U.S. manufacturer's suggested list price (MSRP) for the paper and ribbon used). The printer is to ship in late January 2007 at an MSRP of US$2750 in the U.S.
  • The ASK-4000 will make 8 x 10 inch and 8 x 12 inch prints; a borderless 8 x 10 will print in 40 seconds, says Fujifilm, and cost about US$1.85 (calculated from the U.S. MSRP for the paper and ribbon used). The printer is to ship in late January 2007 at an MSRP of US$3995 in the U.S.
Though both printers use the same printing technology, they use a different ribbon (the ASK-4000's is wider) and different media sizes. Glossy paper is the one available type of media to ship for these printers. Both the ASK-2000 and ASK-4000 are compatible with Windows only.

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Double Quick: The Fujifilm ASK-2000 (left) and ASK-4000. Click any photo to enlarge. (Photos courtesy Fujifilm)

More information is in the press release below.
 
Press Release
 
FUJIFILM Introduces Digital Photo Printers for Professional Photographers
New Thermal Printers Offer High-Speed, High-Quality Prints at Minimal Cost
 
SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today at the Imaging USA conference, FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. unveiled two high-speed digital photo printers for professional photographers, the ASK-4000 and ASK-2000 Digital Printers. The ASK-4000 and ASK-2000 enable a wide range of professional photographers to reap the benefits of Fujifilm’s industry-leading commercial photo printing technology.
 
The ASK-4000 and ASK-2000 Digital Printers allow studio, wedding and event photographers to quickly and easily provide customers with 4 x 6 inch prints in 8 seconds and 8 x 10 inch prints in 40 seconds. Onsite printing also eliminates the need and expense of organizing, printing and mailing photos in the days following an event. By simply connecting the printers to a laptop via a high-speed USB 2.0 interface, professional photographers can leverage the ASK-2000 and ASK-4000 dye-sublimation thermal transfer technology to produce beautiful, natural-looking prints onsite at client events. Both printers feature color-correction software incorporating Fujifilm’s Image Intelligence™ technology, giving photographers lab-quality prints regardless of their location.
 
Fujifilm’s Image Intelligence technology is the integration of vast image analysis, evaluation and processing know-how that Fujifilm has amassed over many years of experience in industries and applications as diverse as medical imaging, graphic arts and photography. The resulting technology – incorporated into many Fujifilm products - includes a series of software utilities collectively known as Image Intelligence. Among the key Image Intelligence features pro-photographers will see in this product are excellent color correction and smoothing of skin tones.
 
“Our new printers are the perfect solution for on-site event and wedding photography” said James Riekert, Director of Marketing – Kiosks, Imaging Division, FUJIFILM U.S.A. “With today’s announcement, we’re bringing our printing expertise directly to professional photographers and giving them the solution they need to deliver beautiful, high-quality photographs to their customers almost immediately following an event.”
 
Dye Diffusion Thermal Transfer Printing System
 
The ASK-2000 and ASK-4000 Digital Printers use Fujifilm’s chemical-free dye-sublimation print technology. This method involves an ink ribbon, heated by a thermal head and coated with dye, which transfers the dye onto special coated paper. The paper absorbs the dye to form visible images, and is then sealed by a protective UV overcoat layer to provide a water-resistant barrier, helping to ensure the preservation of images.
 
Small Footprint and Easy Maintenance
 
The ASK-4000 and ASK-2000 Digital Printers feature small footprints of just 1.5 square feet and 1.3 square feet respectively, and easy maintenance. All operation and maintenance functions, from switching on the power to loading paper and changing ink ribbons, can be performed with the printer in place, and can be conveniently accessed by opening the front cover. No light-sensitive materials are required, so the printers can be installed and operated in normal surroundings. Powered by the standard AC100-240V current, the ASK-2000 and ASK-4000 are ready to print at the touch of a switch.
 
ASK-4000 Digital Printer
 
The ASK-4000 Digital Printer offers edge-to-edge printing and produces 8 x 10-inch prints in just 40 seconds, and 8 x 12-inch prints in just 49 seconds.
 
ASK-2000 Digital Printer
 
The ASK-2000 Digital Printer offers edge-to-edge printing and is capable of delivering the following output sizes: 4 x 6-inch, 5 x 7-inch, 6 x 8-inch, 6 x 9-inch prints. The printer produces 5 x 7-inch prints at 16 seconds per print, allowing professional photographers to generate up to 225 prints per hour.
 
Law Enforcement, Government and Identification
 
As with many of Fujifilm’s digital printing solutions, the ASK-4000 and ASK-2000 Digital Printers have a wide range of applications beyond traditional professional photography, For agencies such as government and law enforcement organizations, high-quality prints are a necessity for crime scene photos, mug shots, evidence photos and photo I.D. printing. These organizations often do not have dedicated photo lab staffs and would prefer not to handle chemical printing processes, so the ASK-4000 and ASK-2000 provide an ideal “dry,” hassle-free printing solution to meet their needs.
 
For additional information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com.
 
About Fujifilm
 
Fujifilm brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries including medical, life sciences, consumer electronic, chemical, graphic arts, information systems, photography and office products based on its vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company provides products and services that contribute to the advancement of culture, science, technology and industry, as well as to improved health and environmental protection. It is the global leader in digital minilabs; Computed Radiography systems; ink dyes, pigments and UV inks for inkjet printers and materials used in the production of flat panel displays. It was ranked number 18 for U.S. patents granted in 2005, employs more than 75,000 people worldwide and in the year ended March 31, 2006, had global revenues of $22.8 billion.
 
FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc., Valhalla, NY, is a U.S. marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, providing digital and analog photographic Imaging Systems, Recording/Storage Media and Motion Picture Film products and services to consumers, professionals and businesses.
For more information on FUJIFILM U.S.A. products, customers can call 800-800-FUJI or access the FUJIFILM U.S.A. Web site at www.fujifilmusa.com.

Revision History
• Added more details about the printers from Fujifilm USA (January 16, 2007)

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