was my very first scanner, almost a decade ago.
I long ago replaced it with three Umax
PowerLook scanners which I liked much better.
I then replaced the Umax with Heidelberg
Linoscan equipment which has better software than Umax. Subsequently
I upgraded all the
way to the top with a Creo EverSmart Supreme scanner, at that time
a $54,000 item. The price has since dropped to about $45,000.
Microtek scanner at Brevard Community College broke down;
whether from student use or not it did not leave a good impression.
So when we bought two slide scanners we bought Nikon CoolScan instead.
Both work just fine after all these years.
Agfa desktop scanners are rebranded from Microtek. The Agfa
XY 15, however, is a rebranded Fuji
Lanovia, a really great scanner. The Creo Jazz is
the same as the Microtek ArtixScan 6000 (which does not give 6000
dpi). The Polaroid
4000 is the same as the Microtek ArtixScan
4000t, just with a different label. All the Nikon scanners are
you are only scanning 35mm slides, and never have to scan
any photographic prints, then the Nikon
CoolScan would be a better choice.
you need to scan photographic prints, I would recommend a Heidelberg
Linoscan flatbed scanner. We get outstanding results with our
you are prepress shop, skip Microtek and Umax. If you are
a serious commercial company you need Creo EverSmart Pro II, Select,
or Supreme; or at least the Fuji FinePix 2750.
for whatever reason you already have a cheap scanner, or simply
can't resist them, at least do yourself a favor and get SilverFast
scanner software from LaserSoft Imaging.
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