Where as individual professors and curators will (or should have) their own letter-size flatbed, it helps if a better quality flatbed scanner is available in the department office or at least in the repro or copy shop on campus.

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It takes an oversize 11x17 inch scanner (13 x 18 inches, A3 oversize) to handle the size of prints and pictures found in museums or research institutions such as botanical gardens or zoos.

If these are the last photographs of an endangered species of terrestrial orchid, don't they warrant being scanned to the highest quality?

Fuji Lanovia C-550 flatbed scanner for scanning 35mm color slides (of terrestial orchids of Missouri)
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Results of scanning 35mm color slides with a Fuji Lanovia C-550 flatbed scanner.
Photographs of an endangered species of terrestrial orchid

Old negatives and especially old slides lose their color every year. You can scan those old slides, prints, and negatives and rescue the original colors with the color software that is available for the better class of scanners. Even the textile pictured here will lose its colors eventually. But once you digitize the image, the colors are permanently preserved in digital format.

The Fuji Lanovia scanner that did such a good job on these images is easy to use, has a sophisticated software that works wonders with your pictures. After all, not all pictures are well preserved. What about all those negatives which were underexposed, overexposed, or had terrible color shifts (too blue or too green)?

All these mistakes can be removed with the click of the computer mouse. Decades of neglect and deterioration of the pictures can be made good in seconds.

A good flatbed scanner is like a magic box. Everything that goes in comes out looking so much better. But a cheap scanner turns images into a picture that you cannot enlarge. All the pictures here have enough dpi to enlarge on a wide format printer.

Several people who have tried to buy a Fuji Lanovia scanner during 1999 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 Fuji web site. As a result we went to an international trade show (GraphExpo) to find a scanner from another company which was as good if not better than the Fuji. The several top models of Fuji scanner are good enough to be worth the effort to track down a source that sells them, but there are other brands of scanners that are much easier to find across the USA, indeed worldwide, namely the EverSmart scanners from Creo

We hope you find www.creoscitex.com more user friendly (if not let us know and we will send you the telephone number and e-mail of key Scitex people so you can get information directly).

Within the last year the FujiFilm web site has become more aware of what Internet-cognizant people expect. The new Fuji web site is outstanding. Fuji also seems to have finally figured out that most buyers are totally confused as to what division produces which products. Two different divisions produce scanners, for example. http://home.fujifilm.com/graphic/link/link.html is a guide to their different corporate sites.

FujiFilm Electronic Imaging LTD, www.ffei.co.uk finally has all their flatbed scanners described on a single site.

Last year Fuji has come out with the FineScan 2750. This scanner can be obtained more easily than the Lanovia (and at much lower price).

Keep in mind, however, that the Lanovia and the 2750 are two completely different classes of scanner. The FineScan is competition for the Creo Jazz or Jazz+. The Lanovia is an industrial-strength unit, the most solidly constructed flatbed scanner ever made. No company today would produce something as strong as the Lanovia. So if you want a scanner made of solid metal housing, opt for the Lanovia C-550.

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.

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.

Direct scan of an indigenous Mayan textile laid on top of a Fuji Lanovia C-550 flatbed scanner.
Scan of a textile

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