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It is rare to find a directory of large-format sheet fed scanners (we are talking 36 to 50 inches wide, 24 inches minimum), so our scanner web site is initiating such a list.

In the meantime (before our list is complete after the next Seybold trade show) here are some sources of wide format scanner information.

Vivid Image Technology is currently offering a scanner-to-wide-format-printer system. This concept makes it quicker and easier to produce prints from your scans. Currently the Vivid Image large format system works with flatbed scanners but their software engineers are developing drivers to work with wide format scanners as well. www.vividimage.com

HP 4200 wide format scanner at BGSU Handling the HP 4200 scanner
Dr Nicholas Hellmuth (FLAAR), Anastassia Young (student of architecture at BGSU), and Dr Andreas Luescher (Asst Professor of Architecture), holding up before and after (original scanned with HP 4200 and print with HP 5500).

 

 Reports on scanners by the senior review editor, now available. Just send in the inquiry form and the reviews will be sent to you by return e-mail.

Which scanners are best for digitizing your slides or negatives for digital printing, especially for large format inkjet printers. Includes mention of which digital cameras are best for direct digital photography.  No reports available on cheap scanners. If the scanner you intend to buy is sold by CompUSA then it is not covered in a FLAAR report.
 FLAAR report on drum scanners (in preparation but you can go ahead and order the work-in-progress version now). Discusses whether drum scanners are still worth the extra cost. Pros and cons of drum scanners vs flatbed scanners. Tips on whether you should buy a used scanner.  Drum scanners cost between $20,000 and $140,000. You can get an excellent drum scanner for $40K to $60K. The newest models are easy to use (yes, you don't have to have a technical background). Ideal for photo labs, museums, fine art giclee studios, and advanced hobbiests.
 "Overhead scanners," (repro stand scanners), a list of all the various cominations of copy stands, large format scan backs, or dedicated scanners mounted on a repro stand.  For museums to scan objects of any size or shape; for fine art giclee printers to scan paintings of any size; for technical photography; for general studio photography.
 List of the various wide format sheet-fed scanners which are available.  For scanning maps, large drawings, GIS, CAD; the better wide format scanners cost from $5,000 and up.

 Please note: no reviews on cheap desktop scanners; no reviews on HP scanners for example. No technical help on scanning available.
We do not cover older, obsolete, nor used scanners.

This free service is exclusively to assist individuals, studios, and companies who would like to know which of the new breed of scanners is best for your needs. Contact: Nicholas Hellmuth, e-mail ReaderService@FLAAR.org

The FLAAR reports on scanners are suitable for photographers, artists, and pre-press professionals. The reports are suitable for beginners if you are prepared for the reality of professional digital imaging. FLAAR is a nonprofit research institute so there is no cost for the reports.

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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