If scanning is part of your daily workflow, it’s a critical step. Whether you’re scanning slides, film, or negatives, you rely on your equipment to be up to the task. Your scanner has to handle all the nuances in your negatives, eliminate - or at least minimize - all the imperfections that cropped up in the original images, and increase productivity with handy features such as batch-scanning. Studio Photography looks at a few of the film, drum, and high-end flatbed units that today’s pros are using to ensure that their replications are as faithful to the originals as possible.
The AZTEK Premier Drum Scanner has the ability to capture up to a 96GB, 48-bit optical file to reproduce any film grain from any format with no interpolation. The AZTEK Premier is a P.M.T. scanner, which means it scans like a microscope to the grain of the film being scanned. The new patented AZTEK Digital PhotoLab (DPL) Version 7 software offers pre-48-bit control to allow for full manipulation of the densities from the start of the capture. This means that the scanner’s density moves to exposure with no color bending or ICC being applied. With the AZTEK Premier and AZTEK DPL software, users can achieve a 90-megapixel capture from a 35mm piece of film (capture nine times that information with 4x5 film). Digital PhotoLab also has a full ICC Color Engine, and DPL PRO has an output workflow tool for testing print accuracy and calibration to facilitate scan-to-file and print.
The CanoScan 8600F color image scanner has an impressive color dpi resolution of 4800 x 9600 (max). A built-in FARE Level 3 retouching technology helps correct dust and scratches on your originals, while bringing faded images back to life. Seven easy buttons automate the scanning process, allowing users to easily copy and create emails and multi-page PDFs. To save time, the user can batch-scan up to 12 negative frames or four slides, either 35mm or medium format.
The Sigma 67 offers brilliant scans from color and B&W negatives, as well as from transparency films, from 35mm up to 6x7cm in various file formats (TIFF, JPEG, BMP, RAW, etc.), making it possible for direct output to different output devices. The Sigma 67 offers proven automatic dust and scratch removal, and clamping masks hold the film flat without glass, providing for a nonstop, precise sharpness supported by a precise autofocus. Thanks to color management with soft proofing, you can safely evaluate the picture on the calibrated monitor.
Enjoy unparalleled performance when scanning negatives, slides, or prints with the Epson Perfection V750-M Pro, the first flatbed scanner with 6400-dpi resolution and unique fluid-mount capabilities for photo studio applications. An enhanced optical system (High-Pass Optics) consisting of anti-reflective lens coatings and a high-reflection mirror provides the highest level of image quality and helps you achieve faster scans. In addition, Epson’s Dual Lens System optimizes each scan, automatically selecting from two lenses for the desired scan resolution. Use Digital ICE Technologies to take advantage of easy, automatic removal of scratches and dust from film, and many surface defects from prints. An innovative fluid-mount accessory for wet-mount film scanning takes the concept one step further: This specialized system gives you additional scratch-removal and grain-reduction capabilities for black-and-white film. For traditional scanning, the included film holders allow you to batch-scan multiple slides and negatives for increased productivity.
Hasselblad’s Flextight scanners, including the X1 and X5, are all built using the same formula: A vertical optical system allows the CCD to face downward, creating a glass-free optical path between the original and the lens. The patented virtual drum solution produces optimal focusing across the whole original, while the flexible holder guarantees easy mounting, combined with the safe handling of your originals. The components in the X1 and X5 are much the same, resulting in comparable quality. In terms of productivity, the X5 allows different feeding devices to be attached: a Batch Feeder for mixed originals, and a Slide Feeder for scanning of mounted slides. Using these devices and the 3F workflow can produce throughput that has to be seen to be believed.
The Microtek ArtixScan M1 is an all-in-one scanner for professional photographers, featuring scans with 4800-dpi optical resolution and 48-bit color. Microtek’s Emulsion Direct Imaging Technology (E.D.I.T.) is a patented “glassless” scanning system built into the lower bay of the ArtixScan M1, enabling film scanning without supporting the film on glass. Included with the ArtixScan M1 are Microtek’s exclusive SnapTrans film holders, which accommodate 35mm slides, 35mm filmstrips, 4x5-inch film, and medium-format film up to 6x17cm panoramic. The 4x5-inch and medium-format 6cm film holders are specially designed with spring-actuated tension grips that hold the film perfectly flat, ensuring consistent scan results and yielding sharper image quality. The bundled software package includes SilverFast from LaserSoft Imaging and Microtek ScanWizard Pro.