Thanks everyone for your further contributions to this discussion; it's good food for thought.
At this time I don't produce nearly enough large-size work to justify spending more than a few hundred $ on a new scanner.
Fortunately, I don't need my painting reproduced at this time so I don't have to worry about leaving it at Colourgenics for a few days and then returning. They can scan it the same day (although they charge an extra $50 for that), so I just have to find something to do for a few hours while waiting for it.
It does seem odd to me, that scanners aren't more widely available with a flush bed. As Natalya said, you'd think that'd be easy to make; in fact scanner manufacturers could probably easily offer a removable raised edge so the consumer could have it both ways. Oh well...

Emily S. Damstra
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On Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 12:50 PM, Natalya Zahn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
I do have the Epson Expression 11000XL - And I love it every time I use it, however, it does have slight lips on the 2 short edges (the front facing/longer edge is flush), which can cause predictable issues with shadowing when trying to scan XXL pieces. When tiling really large work I also sometimes hit the hinges at the back where the lid connects, which is frustrating.

You would think flush bed edges all the way around would be an easy thing to feature, but alas. Overall, this scanner is one of the best pieces of equipment in my studio and I'm really glad I chose to invest in it (I also rarely work so large than any of the issues above become serious problems).

One of my local giclée art printers also has a photo studio dedicated to documenting oversized artworks - he takes a series of tiled photos (with very fancy cameras) then stitches them together into one file, which he uses to make high-end reproductions. The method always seemed very cumbersome to me, but there aren't very many other options when trying to capture an image of an artwork that's large enough to measure dimensions in feet, rather than inches.


> On Jun 10, 2016, at 10:53 AM, Britt Griswold <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> On 6/10/16 8:51 AM, Emily S. Damstra wrote:
> Britt, I'm not confident that I'd be able to get a good result using my own camera; I really need an image that's as good as a scan.)
> Won't know till you try!
> If you are serious about scanning larger images, an 11 x 17 Epson printer is what you need to look at, but those are over $2000. At that price level, they may have taken the time to design a lipless bed...  I think Natalia Zahn has one of those.
> Britt
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