You have made a good choice if you pick a Linotype-Hell flatbed scanner. Based on our review and comparisons of flatbed scanners we are fully content with the quality of the hardware and software.

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Flatbed scanners are essential for art, art history, architectural history, and museum research, publication, and publicity. If you do professional work it might be wise to select a professional flatbed scanner.

toolmarks on saphire
 Enlargement to show tool marks

Whether you do art, art history, architectural history, or any type of investigation, scholarly or industrial, a flatbed scanner can assist
your research or business.

primitive drill patterns
 Enlargement to show primitive drill patterns

Since the Internet requires a low resolution scan, that is all we can picture here. But the actual original scan can be as detailed as 1200 optical dpi (we do not work with interpolated images). This scan can be enlarged to almost two feet wide, for a poster, for exhibit, or for studying how the ancient Maya carved solid jade (which is harder than steel) when the ancient Maya had no metal tools at all? The back side of this jade plaque is also available to study.

Where to buy your scanner? The advantage of CDW is the wider range of computer products they offer (over 40,000 products such as flatbed scanners, 35mm slide scanners, color laser printers, etc.) Contact CDW, Mick McEuan at

Flatbed scan of Maya vase

close up saphire
 Scanned on a Linotype-Hell Saphir Ultra2 flatbed scanner.

Using a scanner to record your collectibles, such as gold jewelry, stamp collection, textiles, antique guns

Curious about the Maya, check out, or

Pre-Columbian jade (jadeite) plaque, about 10 cm wide, photographed by Nicholas Hellmuth in a private collection, Europe, FLAAR Photo Archive,,

Hasselblad ELM with Zeiss macro lens on bellows; lighting by Hedler DeLuxe.

Where and how to store your digital images? RAID, DVD, or CD-R ?




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