listing of and links to the best professional and high-end scanners,
both flatbed, vertical, and drum scanners.
are mostly directly to the section within the web site where pertinent
scanners are pictured and described. Midrange to high-end flatbed
scanners are the row on the left; the row at the right is mainly
drum scanners (or high-end vertical scanners such as Imacon).
Technologies, ScanView www.budde.com
Imaging Solutions US, www.action-imaging.com
Crosfield, DuPont (subsequently sold to Fuji)
Photo Film, www.fujifilm.com
Electronic Imaging, www.ffei.co.uk very very nice scanner
Heidelberg CPS, www.linotype.de (we like the Saphir
Heidelberg CPS, www.heidelberg-cps.de
Heidelberg USA, www.heidelbergusa.com
www.howtek.com our test scans did not fare well on the Howtek;
nor on the Aztek version either.
Graphics hardware, moved their office in USA.
www.imacon-usa.com nice scanner but not an actual drum scanner,
so be careful of advertised claims
North America, headquarters ICG Limited, England, www.icg.ltd.uk
(formerly Itek Colour Graphics)
www.imacon.dk nice but we hear of occasional problems
Corporation, www.jeicorp.com ,out of business
www.polaroid.com (early model of their SprintScan 45 was a dud
but new model
4000 has potential)
www.optronics-intl.com, not in business?
www.scanview.com (sold by Howtek in USA)
line of scanners)
Technologies (we like
their PowerLook III but Creo scanners are considerably better.
(Germany), www.storm.de; rebrands other scanners
we forgot anyone, please let us know (we did not forget Microtek
it is just that our tests and experience with Umax have been sufficient
to cover the lower-mid-range). We do not usually review low-end
scanners. If you have professional quality slides or negatives,
then you need a professional quality scanner, such as any of the
several models of EverSmart flatbed scanners from Creo.
suggest avoiding the early models of the Leaf slide scanners. We
tried out the Leaf
Lumina and were totally dissatisfied in every way, shape, and
form. Now that Leaf is part of Scitex their products are not only
high-tech they are also more user friendly. Leaf digital backs for
digital studio photography, for example, are very popular, though
we prefer 4x5 format scanning backs (72 x 90 cm in digital size),
such as Dicomed, Better Light or Phase One.
FLAAR Digital Imaging Technology (Testing) Center is opening up
an entire new and separate web site for testing and reviewing scanners.
The above list has been expanded and moved to the new site, www.flatbed-scanner-review.org.
Reviews will appear every two months on that new site. This page
is a preview of the information and links that will be featured.
|| FLAAR Premium Report - Series on Scanners
FLAAR now has a great variety of reports, where you can find practical information,
help and tips about which you need.