A 35mm slide scanner is a useful desktop computer peripheral.

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A 35mm film scanner is useful even if you already have a flatbed scanner.

With so many 35mm and 4x5 slide scanners to chose from, it helps to have some informative reviews. Here are links to tests, product comparisons, computer hardware, peripherals, flatbed scanners, drum scanners, and scanner software.

When seeking information on what slide scanner is best for home use, SOHO, desktop publishing, be sure the scanner you are considering works with SilverFast scanning software from LaserSoft Imaging. In most cases do not expect this software will be included with the scanner; in most cases you have to order it separately. Don't let the price stop you because this software is well worth its purchase price, www.silverfast.com.

If you need prepress quality scanner software, our favorite is the scanner software for the Creo EverSmart series of scanners, the EverSmart Jazz, Jazz+, Pro II and Supreme. I especially like how the Creo can take a 35mm slide and enlarge it to 42 x 36 inches with plenty of dpi to spare. The Creo Eversmart Supreme scanner is so good that it could enlarge the 35mm slide further, but my wide format printer can only go to 42 x 36 inches. As soon as I get a 54" or 60" printer I will use the Scitex scanner to make an enlargement to that size.

Review of the Leaf 35mm slide scanner and Leaf 4x5 transparency scanners: (we can save you the trouble of linking. The Leaf slide scanners are technology of previous generations, are long ago obsolete, and if they were as quirky as the Leaf Lumina scanning camera it would be hard to recommend them no matter what). The Leaf 4x5, however, was technologically far ahead of its day (mid 1990's). Too bad it got killed off when Scitex gobbled up Leaf.

Review of the Leaf Lumina in 100 words or less: avoid it. We tried it out; had difficulty getting it set up. The lens was a cheap off-brand. The balance was overweighed to the front so the scanner always tipped over. It was already years old technology when we first tried it. Conclusion: no pros, all cons.

 guatemalan ceramic mask
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Although many people have suggested this mask looks as though it came from New Guinea or other primitive island or remote jungle area, it is actually from Guatemala, probably the Highlands. Although the visage is certainly not "Classic Maya" it is nonetheless from a culture related to the Maya.

Unique ceramic mask, Museo Popol Vuh, Universidad Francisco Marroquin. 6x6 cm transparency scanned on a Kodak large format slide scanner courtesy of the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan.

Leaf scanning backs are the non plus ultra of high-end professional photography and the company that makes them (Creo) stands for the ultimate high-end. But this again is all a reputation made several years ago before the onslaught of more aggressive midrange and even low-end companies.

Our test staff disliked the original model of the Polaroid 4x5 film scanner so thoroughly that they refused to use it. Now there is a real test, equipment in an actual digital imaging office. No commercial test lab can duplicate the daily reality in a photo studio or in a desktop publishing office. Polaroid has since come out with a newer model, but in the meantime Imacon has produced a top-of-the-line 4x5 scanner so why try a flawed solution. The fact that Polaroid itself had to fix the original model sort of suggests our reaction to the original model was proper.

The Imacon, now here is a product we like for scanning 35mm slides. But if you need to scan hundreds, or thousands of 35mm slides, then you need the Creo EverSmart flatbed scanner or Fuji C-550 Lanovia from Fujifilm Electronic Imaging.

No sacred cows in the scanning world. We review as we find the products. If the product is good it will prove itself relatively quickly. We also attend leading international trade shows, in Germany (Photokina and CeBIT) as well as across the USA (from Orlando in the East to Long Beach-Los Angeles in the West).

All kinds of new reviews of midrange and high-end scanners are in the works, indeed this week we are registering an entirely new additional web site dedicated to professional scanners for business, graphics design, museums, photographers, and other sophisticated end users. Check out www.flatbed-scanner-review.org

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.

Now being prepared, FLAAR reports by the Senior Review Editor on flatbed scanners for prepress, photo archives, and museums. Additional reports evaluate what scanner(s) are best for digitizing your slides and photos for digital printing, especially fine art giclee.

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what paper is best for digital photos ? what paper for brochures? European paper ?  Rolls Royce of digital printers www-dye-sub-printer-review.org
Capable laser printer for printing photographs at 11x17 (A3) up to 13x26". What are the best scanners to digitize your photos, your pictures, your 35mm slides, 3-D objects? 24 inch wide color printing capability on your desktop
Which graphics quality laser printer(s) can print up to 35 inches long, at up to 1200 dpi? Once you scan (digitize) the photos, how do you store the digitized format?

What wide format printer to avoid ? What ink jet printers to avoid ?

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