View Full Version : Microtek ArtixScan M1 Pro versus 1800f

Paul Cunningham
25-Mar-2015, 21:49
I already own the ArtixScan 1800f, and I'm quite happy with it for scanning 4x5's (for smaller formats I use a Canon). I paid about $100 for it, or maybe it was $50. I am using VueScan, for better or for worse.

At the moment there is an M1 Pro for sale locally, asking price is $95.

So my question is this, would the newer M1 be a noticeable upgrade? Nominally the 1800f scans at 1800dpi (or ppi or spi, your choice) and the M1 scans at 4800 dpi. DMAX specs are all over the board, so I won't quote them here.

I've searched the archives, but found no real direct comparison of the two. I prefer not to get into a discussion of alternatives like the Epsons - I have access to those scanners when needed and as mentioned, pretty happy with the 1800f.

Thanks for your help. Paul

Paul Cunningham
25-Mar-2015, 22:00
Okay, sorry, one more variable. An Epson 4990 is also for sale here for $75, so that is also a consideration.

26-Mar-2015, 08:13
There's a number of things that affect scan quality. One is whether or not the scanner has a plastic or glass lens. Another is whether or not the scanner can focus that lens. These are the two I have found the most difficult to discover in scanner specs. I am not familiar with Artix are these details published for them.

Jim Noel
26-Mar-2015, 08:44
I have a friend who owns both. He uses them for commercial scans of fine art. His preference is the 1800f.

Doug Fisher
26-Mar-2015, 08:46
In terms of real-world resolution and dmax, I don't think either the M1 or 4990 is going to produce a scan that you will believe is dramtically better than your 1800F as long as your 1800F is in good condition/working order.


Paul Cunningham
26-Mar-2015, 09:17
plastic or glass lens
This is hard to find, I believe glass for all of these models.

whether or not the scanner can focus that lens.
The Microtek ArtixScan M1 has an auto focus lens. It does not seem that the 1800f does. Both have two scanning planes: one without glass for transparencies (tray), and one with glass for opaque materials (flatbed).

Paul Cunningham
26-Mar-2015, 09:49
Thanks for the feedback Jim and Doug. Since I'm happy with the 1800f and I have access to other scanners (including an Imacon) if needed, I should not go off chasing unicorns.