Photoshop Elements: imagePROGRAF Print Plug-In for Photoshop

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The local print services lab use a Canon IPF8400s large format printer. But they only have Photshop Elements. Does Elements support this plugin ("imagePROGRAF Print Plug-In") giving the ability to print 16bit AdobeRGB tiffs?
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Most printers have a problem with 16 bit RAW or TIFF. Your printer is probably asking for an 8 bit file when it stalls. That's because most printers won't print a 16 bit compressed file, probably from a camera memory stick.  So when prompted, change to 8 bit and you'll be fine. Your photo file won't corrupt by changing formats.  If you want to utilize the image PROGRAF Print plugin, you can. (I wouldn't). 
If you're using a camera file (I think), most cameras will save RAW files in 16 bit.  But doing so won't do you any favors. It's not necessary to save space on a camera or on a memory stick. There is ample space.  If you have a small memory stick, buy a bigger one.  I can sell you one from my store. Cameras like to compress files because manufacturers think memory resources are prim real estate. They will hold 500 to 6000 photos and the greater capacity have cheaper pricing now.  I might think that's enough for any pro to save a session of wedding photos, which only 20% will be selected by the bride anyway.  
As a photo professional, I don't think 16 bit RAW or TIFF is necessary. I know TIFF is bulky but in our business, we have enough space ti utilize that format.  A real tech doesn't work harder just to be a tech. So 16 bit files, being more work than is necessary, we go for the easy.  Keep it simple.  I think the camera techs are giving amateur information to their bosses to manufacture cameras that save in 16 bit files just to save space.  Space may be valued but it's not necessary anymore.  I am Windows network tech and a photography professional in my own business as well. Adobe may be monitoring this forum for future improvements (hopefully).   
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When printing black and white, 8 bit will only give 256 shades from pure black to pure white. This is where the 65536 shades in 16bit mode become necessary. But also to get the full AdobeRGB gamut especially in printed greens and blues is desireable. When I took my 16bit AdobeRGB tiff file to be printed, they printed via the regular print driver which clips the out of gamut colours down to sRGB3.0 (Canon) and the colours look murky and inaccurate.