We show scans of gold coins, potsherds, and shortly will post scans of Derringer pistols to demonstrate how large an object a flatbed scanner can really capture.

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A good flatbed scanner is also capable of capturing a usable image of a 3-dimensional object. You can scan almost anything three-dimensional, from nuts and bolts to something as large as a revolver.

chert arrowheads from Ozark Mountains, Missouri
Scan of pre-hispanic arrowheads
We have also scanned guns as large as a Derringer. If you have an 11x17 inch flatbed, such as the Umax Mirage, you can scan items up to 17 inches large.

For digitizing some objects a scanner is much quicker than using a camera. The results are higher resolution than any point-and-shoot digital camera. No need to worry about putting your camera on a tripod (required for professional quality photography).A scanner is the most useful computer accessory you can get.

Scanners are capable of recording much more than just books and photographs.

You can scan almost anything that you collect. You can scan your stamp collection, your native textiles, your doll collection.

Scans are excellent documentation for insurance.

You can send copies of the scans anywhere in the world by e-mail.
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In case an arrowhead is not thick enough, here is a fat ream of paper, 500 sheets-thick.

No special preparation, just place the ream on top of the scanner and press the GO button.

This scanner does not even specialize in doing 3-D objects. Their ads don't even mention it.

But be careful, not all scanners can do handle objects this thick. We asked about a high-dpi Microtek scanner and were politely and rather honestly informed that it did not have a good record for doing 3-D objects. But this is why FLAAR is on duty, to test, review, report, and recommend.

To make your scanning easier, and better, it helps to use SilverFast scanning software from LaserSoft Imaging. We use SilverFast on our Umax and also on our Heidelberg flatbed scanners. You can obtain SilverFast directly from www.silverfast.com.


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All kinds of information on flatbed scanners from www.flatbed-scanner-review.org

Reviews of a professional flatbed scanner, the Fuji C-550 Lanovia, on www.flatbed-scanner-review.org

Showing actual 3-D objects (rabbits) and then showing the resulting scan.

Scanning 40 35mm slides all at once.

Comparing a 3-D object scanned with a 1200 dpi scanner and the Fuji 5000 dpi scanner. The Fuji is large enough to scan an object up to 45 cm long. Here we show how this scanner handles a large 3-D object, a carved wooden effigy of a jaguar.
Enlargement of a scan of a native Mexican handicraft to reveal the full detail in depth of focus that the Fuji C-550 Lanovia can achieve (horse). Two especially beautiful scans done with the Fuji scanner, on the bottom of this page of all the internal links to this site. Scans of architectural history (Missouri Ozarks) done with Fuji scanner. Bottom of the page.
Scanning 4x5 chromes with the Fuji results in ability to enlarge small details to poster size (jade). General discussion of the Fuji Lanovia flatbed scanner. Mention of the drum scanners which Fujifilm also makes.

Now being prepared, FLAAR reports by the Senior Review Editor on flatbed scanners for prepress, photo archives, and museums. Additional reports evaluate what scanner(s) are best for digitizing your slides and photos for digital printing, especially fine art giclee. 

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Capable laser printer for printing photographs at 11x17 (A3) up to 13x26". What are the best scanners to digitize your photos, your pictures, your 35mm slides, 3-D objects? 24 inch wide color printing capability on your desktop
Which graphics quality laser printer(s) can print up to 35 inches long, at up to 1200 dpi? Once you scan (digitize) the photos, how do you store the digitized format?

What wide format printer to avoid ? What ink jet printers to avoid ?

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