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Scanner Options Aplenty: Large Format and More

(December 2011) posted on Tue Dec 13, 2011

A sampling of products from manufacturers offering professional-grade scanners.

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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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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.