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Old 07-26-05, 12:13 PM
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Good large format scanner?

I need to scan some artwork - mostly 10x14, a few a little larger, and two monsters at 20x28.

I tried to find a large format scanning service, but they charge quite a bit for a scan, at least the ones I've found.

I'm not averse to stitching, but I'd like to keep it to a minimum - and I probably can't afford a scanner that can scan really large.

Ok, so I'm looking for either:

an inexpensive scanning service, or

a low price A3 (12x17inch) scanner that does a good job.

Any knowledge here? Any suggestions? Since this is probably a specialty question - maybe even just another forum where I can ask this?

Thanks.
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Wow - EIGHT VIEWS in 6 hours.

I'm touched!
Old 07-26-05, 09:09 PM
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Ok, I'm trying to do this myself -

a3 scanners I'm looking at:

Mustek ScanExpress A3 USB --- $160

Plustek OpticPro A3-U --- $400

Microtek 9800XL --- $1000

Yes, they really do seem to jump that fast - the HP and Epsons and such are $2500 or so.

Any thoughts? Any knowledge?
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If you are still looking for someone to scan your prints for you, it might help to look at local printers / prepress shops. They might be more affordable than the ones that specialize in scanning.

If you were anywhere close to the Chicagoland area, you could use our scanner that sits mostly unused.

http://www.creo.com/global/products/...me/default.htm

Good luck finding a scanning solution-

/Benjamin
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How high resolution do you need it? Would it be possible to use a DSLR? Maybe get the lighting very smooth and even and use a 50 mm lens to limit distortion. You could even stitch several photos together.

Don't know if this is an option for you or not.
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I've read about using a digital camera - but this is for eventual book publication, so I don't know if it would be good enough.

I need at minimum 300dpi, so that would 'only' be 2100 x 3000 for a 7x10 book, but I think I'd have to do even more setup to get it right than I would just to carefully stitch pieces together.

Of course, I could be wrong.
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Ok - finally bought the Mustek Scanner for $169 given all others were $1000+

So far so good, but it is only 300dpi, guess I have to buy a regular high res one as well (since my Canon 4200 just died)

Rather than starting a new thread, any suggestions on a good regular format scanner to replace my Canon 4200? I'm thinking of getting the Canon 8400.
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if you aren't time urgent, you could mail it to me and I'll scan on our xerox wide format.

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