Scanner Options Aplenty: Large Format and More
A sampling of products from manufacturers offering professional-grade scanners.
To help you in your scanner quest, here’s a sampling of products from manufacturers offering professional-grade scanners. We’ve included four types of scanners here: large-format sheetfed units capable of handling originals 24 inches and wider; flatbed and desktop models (up to tabloid-sized) that can handle prints/positives as well as slides/transparencies; high-end film scanners specifically geared to handle slides and transparencies; and specialty scanners including overhead scanners, drum scanners, vertical flatbeds, and hybrid units. Keep in mind that this is intended as a starting point only, so specs are limited here, but we have tried to provide broad brushstrokes as to each company’s offerings.
Aztek (www.aztek.com): Offers its TouchScan scanner line (with easy-to-use software interface) in sizes from 18 to 54 in., as well as the DPL2054 (54 in.) wide-format scanner, capable of scanning originals up to 0.6-in. thick. Its Premier 48-bit drum scanner features a 12 x 12-in. scanning area and 16,000 x 8000-dpi resolution (20 optical steps).
Canon (www.usa.canon.com): The CanoScan 9000F film scanner features 9600 x 9600-dpi optical resolution (film; 4800 x 4800 for documents), 48-bit input/output, built-in retouching technology; simultaneously scans up to 12 frames of 35mm film strip or four frames of 35mm slides (negatives or positives). Also available: the CanoScan 5600F, 8800F, and LiDE 700F film scanners and the LiDE210, 200 and LiDE110, 100 photo scanners.
Colortrac (www.colortrac.com): The Colortrac line of SmartLF wide-format scanners includes the Ci24 (24-in.), Ci40 (40-in.), and the 40-in. Cx40 models; all are available in mono, color, and Express color versions. The company’s SmartLF Gx+ series includes 28-, 42-, and 56-in. models, also available in mono, color, and Express color versions; in addition, “T” versions are available in each model that can accommodate thicker media (up to 0.8 in.).
Contex (www.contex.com): The Contex SD series of 44-in., large-format scanners boast a maximum optical resolution of 1200 dpi and can accommodate media up to 47-in. wide and 1-mm thick. The models vary with scanning speed and color/monochrome capabilities. New: SD3600 36-in. features two CIS innovations that minimize sensor differences and correct color fringing.
Also available is the HD flatbed series (in 36- and 42-in. versions with 600-dpi optical resolution, and a 54-in. version with 508-dpi resolution) and the XD2490, a 24-in., sheet-fed scanner with an optical resolution of 1200 dpi and a maximum media thickness of 0.08 in.
Cruse Digital Equipment (www.crusedigital.com): Several versions of its overhead scanners are available, including: the Synchron Table (available in Décor and Fine Art versions, 36 x 48 to 59 x 88 in., with up to 10,000 x 13,000-pixel resolution); Professional Scanners (ranging from the CS 130P, which accepts originals up to 30 x 42 in., to the CS 155P, which accepts originals as large as 36 x 48 in.) and Synchron Light scanners (from the CS 130SL, which accepts originals up to 24 x 36 in., to the CS 285 SL, which accepts originals up to 59 x 88 in.).
Epson (www.epson.com): The Epson Expression 10000XL flatbed is available in Graphic Arts or Photo versions; both scanners can handle originals up to 12.2 x 17.2 in. (the Photo version also has a transparency option). Epson’s Perfection V700 and Perfection V-750M Pro flatbed scanners boast 4800 x 9600 (6400 x 9600 with Micro Step Drive technology) dpi and can accommodate 8.5 x 11.7-in. media (the V-750 also feature a high-pass optics system and fluid-mount accessory).
Graphtec America (www.graphtecamerica.com): Graphtec offers the 42-in. IS210 Pro LC 8-bit large-format scanner, featuring 600-dpi optical resolution. Also the 24-bit CS510 and CS610 (base and pro versions) models; both are 42-in. scanners that can hit 600-dpi optical resolution. The CS610 can accommodate rigid originals up to 0.8-in. thick. The CSX300-09HD is a 36-in. scanner (600-dpi optical resolution) designed for speed.
Hasselblad (www.hasselbladusa.com): The Flextight X1 and Flextight X5 scanners feature vertical optical systems. The X1 boasts a resolution up to 6300 dpi and has batch-scanning capabilities; the X5 can hit 8000 dpi, features dust removal, and can handle prints. Both Flextight units have a 3F Auto Scan button that scans with one click (and can automatically detect and crop each image and save each under a different name).
Hewlett-Packard (www.hp.com): HP offers its ScanJet 8300 Professional Image Scanner, which has an optical resolution of 4800 and 48-bit color; it can handle originals up to 8.5 x 14 in. It also features a transparent-materials adapter, one-touch task buttons, and Adobe Photoshop Elements software. Also available is the ScanJet G4050 Photo Scanner, which offers 4800 optical dpi and can simultaneously scan up to 16 slides or 30 negatives.
ICG (www.icg.ltd.uk): The ICG 380 is a vertical drum scanner that can hit 12,000-dpi optical resolution, ICG reports, and boasts a drum speed of 2000 rpm. The 380 includes ScanXact XL software and has a maximum scan area of 18.7 x 12.6 in. (external drum).
Lumiere Technology (www.lumiere-technology.com): The JumboScan III overhead scanner features a scan area of 6.5 x 16.4 ft., and a resolution up to 20,000 x 12,000 pixels, Lumiere reports. It’s available in RGB and GIS models (both three channels).
Mustek USA (www.mustek.com): Mustek’s A3 USB 1200 Pro flatbed scanner (11 x 17 in.) offers 24- and 48-bit scan modes and an optical resolution of 1200 dpi.
Newly Corporation (www.newlyscan.com): The Scanera TopFace Pro can scan fabric, wood grains, materials, food, artwork, and more up to 4-in. deep. Features include a 23 x 33-in. scanning bed, a variable light source, and a proprietary video circuit. Optical resolution is 400 dpi; output resolution is 100-800 dpi. The scanner comes bundled with Scanera Eyes high-speed viewing/editing software. The unit is self-contained; all equipment, including the camera, is housed internally.
Nikon (www.nikonusa.com): The CoolScan line of film scanners includes two models: the Super CoolScan 5000ED and 9000ED. The 5000ED features an optical resolution of 4000 dpi and 16-bit A/D conversion, 20-second scanning, and Digital Ice Advanced technology. The 9000ED adds the ability to handle multiple film formats and an advanced image processing algorithm for color negative film.
Océ North America (www.oceusa.com): The TC4 standalone color scanner is available in two configurations: standard (for thicknesses up to 0.12 in.) and XT (for thicker media, up to 0.6 in.). Both feature scanning speeds up to 13 ft/min (color) and Color Image Logic technology automatic quality optimization. The CS4300 color scanner is available in three scan widths: 36, 42, and 54 in. All boast an optical resolution of 600 x 600 dpi (9600 interpreted) and can accommodate originals up to 0.6-in. thick. Designed for CAD studios and GIS environments, the CS4236 color scanner has a 36-in. scan width and 1200 dpi.
Paradigm Imaging (www.scantopia.com): Has its own line of imagePro wide-format scanners, ranging from 24- to 56-in. models. The Gx 56HD Plus is available in color and enhanced color versions (as well as monochrome), and in a “T” version to accommodate media up to 0.8-in. Optical resolution: 600-1200 dpi.
Plustek (www.plustek.com): Plustek’s OpticFilm series of 7200-dpi film scanners includes the 7300, 7600i SE (adds SilverFast SE Plus, iSRD + ME scanning software), and the 7600i Ai (adds LED light source, infrared dust and scratch removal, and multiple exposure, and bundles SilverFast Ai Studio IT8 software). The OpticPro ST 64 and ST 64+ film, slide, and photo scanners designed to scan 35mm slides, 35mm film, 120/220 roll film, sheet film up to 5 x 7 inches, and photographs up to 8 x 11 inches. The OpticSlim 2420T USB is a 1200- dpi flatbed scanner.
Widecom (www.widecom.com): Its SLC series of color and monochrome scanners are available in 36-, 41-, 54-, and 72-in. widths. Optical resolution: 400 dpi.