I would concur with both the above posts (which I've left attached for
reference.)  Smaller scanners have the highest resolution and the lowest
price.  Here, for example, are the specifications for the Microtek i800,
which has a legal-sized bed.

Many of the larger scanners that aren't exactly cheap have a lower
resolution, at three times the price.

(You can see the whole list of Microtek pro scanners at this url:  )

Epson's pro model legal-sized scanner has higher resolution and only costs

But you can get the same resolution in an 8.5x11 scanner for less than $200.

I have the V500 and its scan quality is good.  I find the standard Epson
software versatile enough for my purposes, something I can't say for the
standard Microtek software.

Be very careful about spending $2000 on something you will only use once in
a while.  As mentioned, check out prepress scanning options for larger
work, and/or a local professional photograper.  Photographing artwork can
be tricky and most pro photographers will have polarizers for both lights
and camera, which completely eliminates any reflections.  In the long run
using outside services when needed can save money unless you are routinely
scanning work larger than 8.5 x 11 or 14.  Even there, at least to my mind,
using the smaller scanner and zipping together partial scans in Photoshop
would seem the best option.


On Tue, Sep 3, 2013 at 9:52 PM, Deb Haines <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> For my two cents I have had the high end scanners Epson 10K photo stylus
> pro with transparency. It was approx. $2400 5-6 years ago, and I've used
> Silverfast since 1999. I think as long as you are using a good color
> calibration software to ensure monitor, printer and scanner are in
> agreement that is the number one factor. Also I'm not sure that a high end
> scanner is relevant if you are only doing a few items for one job. It may
> be smarter to bundle the cost of scanning by an excellent prepress service
> rather than pay the expense. I would do the math and make sure I could
> recoup the expense.
> I typically try to keep high end equipment between 7-10 years. It seems
> the softwares and OS are the biggest factors for the upgrades and not
> necessarily the equipment. See previous comments. Make sure on big
> purchases they are upgradeable as well as you can purchase extended
> warranties. For low cost equipment you may find its cheaper to replace.
> Good luck. Deb
> Sent from Yahoo! Mail on Android
>  ------------------------------
> * From: * Gail Guth <[log in to unmask]>;
> * To: * <[log in to unmask]>;
> * Subject: * Re: [SCIART] High end scanners - thoughts?
> * Sent: * Tue, Sep 3, 2013 1:03:58 AM
>   Keep in mind that large scale displays usually don't need to be more
> than 150 dpi, if they will be viewed from a few++ feet away. At normal
> viewing distance, anything more is generally overkill, the difference won't
> be noted. Certainly it depends on the intended use.
> I have a Mircotek i800, with a legal size scan bed (8.5 x14); I'm very
> happy with it except that when i moved to Mountain Lion, it wasn't
> compatible and Microtek isn't bothering to make any new drivers for this
> model (at least so far). So I have to use my old laptop to run the thing,
> and it's not that old (only a few years). Keep future model support in mind
> when buying!
> Gail

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