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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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ICG ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( 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 ( Its SLC series of color and monochrome scanners are available in 36-, 41-, 54-, and 72-in. widths. Optical resolution: 400 dpi.