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