Summary on pros and cons for the Fuji 11x17 flatbed scanner (A3 oversize, 47 x 35 cm flatbed scanner).

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Fuji C550 Lanovia Scan

fuji scannerThe scanning area is flush with the surface of the equipment, so you can scan large books, large paintings, drawings, pictures, photo enlargements, sections of larger objects that have a particular detail you wish to record at high quality. Here we are scanning 40 slides.




5000 optical dpi, true dpi, no sweet spot limitation, you get full 5000 dpi across entire surface.
  • Enough dpi to enlarge 35mm to print at poster size
  • Enough for medium format negs and transparencies to print at banner size
  • Enough dpi for a 4x5 format chrome to print at banner or billboard size
Large format flatbed
  • Enough to handle 11x17 tabloid oversize (13x18 inch full bleed) or corresponding A3 oversize
  • Large enough to handle prints and small posters
  • Large enough to take 40 35mm slides in a single scan (pictured below)
    • Scanner software automatically numbers each individual slide in such a batch scan
  • Vibration free design and construction. All lesser scanners vibrate and wobble when operating, they have to, as the mechanism inside initiates wobble the minute it begins to do a scan. The Fuji is constructed of industrial strength iron girders and has a central spine of solid iron (pictured below, a view below the scanning plane).
  • Easy to use software that allows you do go as deep as you wish. Beginners can stay on the surface, professionals can go much deeper to find everything then need to fine tune the color corrections needed to rescue most normal prints and negatives.
  • 16 bit data per color results in better colors that your eyes notice immediately
  • Better 3D scanning capability; some other flatbed scanners are so oriented to prepress needs that they focus exclusively on the glass plate. The Fuji naturally focuses here as well, but the depth of field also allows impressive 3D scans.

This scanner looks as though it were made by Krupp heavy industries. The frame looks like it was constructed in the 1800's when workmanship and heavy-duty parts were the norm. The result is that this scanner should last well into the coming millennium. Your investment is protected by the professional design and sturdy construction. This is definitely a scanner that offers cost-effectiveness because it will last for years and years.


This scanner is intended for people who value quality, so is not an appropriate choice if you want a cheap scanner made primarily out of plastic. Due to the design and construction (to reduce vibration) this is not a desktop model and thus not very portable. Otherwise, if anyone can figure out a negative aspect of this scanner, please let us know at We anticipate testing competing models from other companies such as Heidelberg Prepress, so check back in to this site in a few months. Conclusion, all plus and not a noticeable minus.

fuji lanovia c550
 47 x 35 cm surface is over 13 x 18 inches (so larger than tabloid full bleed, A3 oversize). Ask for a demo, Fujifilm Electronic Imaging,, offices in all major countries and most large cities.

Product comparisons:
since this scanner is larger, has 5000 optical dpi over the entire bed, and prepress quality software, it is rather unfair to compare it to other scanners which are smaller, have full dpi only down the sweet spot (a narrow band down the center of the scanner). Price is likewise unfair to compare, since this scanner is so well constructed it will last almost forever. Cheaper scanners cost less but will vibrate themselves out of register, or fail altogether. Other scanners have sunken flatbed plates, so you cannot scan any books or large objects.

Additional scanners from Fuji: at Photokina 2000 and other trade shows it was possible to look at several other new scanners by Fuji. These new Fuji scanners offer outstanding value compared to other higher priced models with less features. We are trying to get a contact address as to where these scanners can be purchased on the USA.

Several people who have tried to buy a Fuji Lanovia scanner have e-mailed us back that they were unable to find any easy means to contact Fuji. So we tried and found the same problem. No e-mail, no user-friendly atmosphere on the FujiFilm web site. As a result we went to a trade show (GraphExpo) to find a scanner from another company which was as good if not better than the Fuji. After speaking with a variety of people at all kinds of booths, and especially speaking with scanning technicians, we can now report to have found a potentially better alternative, namely the EverSmart professional flatbed scanner from Creo. We hope you find more user friendly. If not let us know (e-mail and we will send you the telephone number and e-mail of key Creo people so you can get information directly). Another plus, the EverSmart appears to be more cost-effective.

Fujifilm originally had three classes of scanners: an outstanding drum scanner, a top of the line C-550 flatbed (my absolute favorite since it could do 3-D objects too), and two FineScan models.

Fuji scan Lanovia Quattro at DRUPA 2004
Fuji Lanovia Quattro flatbed scanner at DRUPA 2004,
Trade Show 2004 (Germany)

At PhotoPlus 2003, and again at an early 2004 trade show in the US, the word on the street was that Fujifilm was backing out of flatbed scanners. When we heard this from three sources, we naturally assumed this was the situation, especially considering the statements were very specific.

Thus during May, at DRUPA 2004, a huge prepress trade show in Germany, we were pleasantly surprised to meet a team of Fujifilm scanner people that were showcasing their FineScan 2750XL and Lanovia Quattro professional flatbed scanners.

Since FLAAR is a photography institute for over 30 years, and since we are now also dedicated to fine art reproduction, we are directly and personally interested in any scanner that can handle 35mm, medium format, and large format. We also cover scanning for prepress, proofing, creatives in graphic design, and in-house design departments relative to our emphasis on input for wide format inkjet printers such as Epson. Thus we are considering updating our coverage of the Fujifilm FineScan models as soon as we can have one for in-house testing at our university. So return to this page later in the summer in case we have a Fujifilm scanner by that time.


Additional reviews of the Fuji C-550 Lanovia on

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.

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