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Specialty Scanning Solutions

(May 2008) posted on Mon May 12, 2008

A sourcelist of flatbed, drum, and film scanners.

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By Clare Baker

Durst offers two professional film scanners, the Sigma 67 and the Sigma Plus. The Sigma 67 is designed for negatives, filmstrips, and black-and-white films from 35mm up to a 6 x 7-cm format. Designed for portrait studios, prepress operations, print shops, picture archives, museums, and professional photo labs, the scanner features color management with soft profiling and Digital ICE software for automatic dust and scratch removal. The Sigma 67 is capable of scanning a 75-MB 6 x 7-in. original in 15 sec.

The Sigma Plus is designed to scan color and black-and-white negatives and positives. Intended for photofinishers and portrait and commercial labs, the scanner incorporates Fujifilm’s Image Intelligence, a negative-analysis system, which detects skin tones, adjusts highlights and shadows separately, and sharpens the image. Like the Sigma 67, the Sigma Plus features Digital ICE technology as well as Digital GEM, which reduces film grain. Additionally, the scanner has a line sensor of 10,500 pxl and scan-to-print functions with Durst output devices. The Sigma Plus can scan a 70-MB 6 x 7-in. original in 10 sec.


Epson’s Expression 10000XL scanner is a 48-bit color scanner with 2400 x 4800-dpi resolution available in Photo and Graphic Arts editions. The scanners feature a Dmax of 3.8 and utilize Epson’s ColorTrue II Imaging System for vibrant color and precise registration, reports the company. Both also feature an Autofocus option system. The scanners are capable of scanning reflective media up to 12.2 x 17.2 in. and the Photo model is equipped with a transparency unit that scans transparencies up to 12.2 x 16.5 in. Both can scan a color image at 16 msec/line at 2400 dpi.

Both models are offered with Epson Scan, MonacoEZcolor, Adobe Photoshop 2.0, and ABBYY FineReader Sprint OCR software; LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast Ai6 is also included with the Photo model.

Also from Epson are the V750-M Pro and V700 Photo scanners. The 8 x 10-in. scanners both feature a built-in transparency adapter lid with film holders. The 48-bit flatbed scanners feature an optical resolution of 6400 dpi and utilize Epson’s Dual Lens System which optimizes each scan by selecting from two lenses for the optimal scan resolution. Both feature a Dmax of 4.0 and are capable of batch scanning multiple slides, negatives, and prints. The scanners also feature Digital ICE technology for easy dust and scratch removal.