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    A convenient list of scanners capable of scanning 4x5?

    My search skills are obviously lacking, but I cannot locate such a list of scanners, either here on the forum or on the interwebs at large.

    My ancient and increasingly unreliable Epson Photo Perfection 2450 (for some values of perfection) has finally given up the ghost and no longer even communicates with the computer, so time for a new (i.e. something off the bay, in all likelihood) scanner. Trying to find even something as simple as the size of slides/negatives which can be scanned is remarkably difficult; tedious to say the least.

    I should stress that I'm *not* looking for a discussion on resolution, Dmax, accutance and the rest; at present I just want a reference list of scanners with the physical ability to scan 4x5 negatives.

    Here's my start, from research yesterday:

    Epson:
    • 1600/1680
    • 2450
    • 3200
    • 4870
    • 4990
    • 10000/11000XL
    • V700
    • V750
    • V800
    • V850


    Canon:
    • Canoscan 9950F


    HP:
    • Scanjet G4050


    Please feel free to add... I should add also that TWAIN compatibility is important; I use Linux, not windows.

    Neil
    Last edited by barnacle; 15-Oct-2017 at 12:33. Reason: added Epson 1600/1680, 3200, 10000/11000XL

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    Re: A convenient list of scanners capable of scanning 4x5?

    The Epson Perfection 3200 Photo will also scan 4x5, and was provided with a 4x5 holder, as well as 35mm and medium format. You could go through each scanner here and figure out which ones could scan 4x5 film if you have the time: https://epson.com/Support/Scanners/P...Series/sh/s210
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    Re: A convenient list of scanners capable of scanning 4x5?

    Are we talking scanners available today or any scanner?

    Epson 1600/1680 Pro, Epson 10000/11000XL.

    Then, of course, you have a couple high end flatbed scanners, drum scanners, and, I think, one of the Hasselblad units (X5, maybe) will handle 4x5. But, all these options are way out of my budget.

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    Re: A convenient list of scanners capable of scanning 4x5?

    Thanks guys, updated to include.

    I think it's worth listing anything, though in practical terms I think anything that has a reasonable resolution - over 1200dpi as native resolution - and is vaguely affordable. I can't afford to buy a drum scanner The main thing is to create a reference so that someone looking at a possibility on the bay can quickly check.

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    Re: A convenient list of scanners capable of scanning 4x5?

    Quote Originally Posted by barnacle View Post
    I can't afford to buy a drum scanner The main thing is to create a reference so that someone looking at a possibility on the bay can quickly check.
    You might be surprised at the cost of a used drum scanner. I recently passed on a turn-key Howtek D4000 setup for $750!

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    Re: A convenient list of scanners capable of scanning 4x5?

    I think Linux may rule out most high-end scanners. So are you looking to build a comprehensive list of scanners or a comprehensive list of Linux scanners?

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    Re: A convenient list of scanners capable of scanning 4x5?

    If you are starting over, I'd suggest looking into using a high MP DSLR to take several shots of a 4x5 neg and then stitching them in CC. I have an Epson v700 and am seriously looking into that. There have been some threads here about doing that.


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    Re: A convenient list of scanners capable of scanning 4x5?

    This test done by members of the LF community is quite old, but is a good reference for many scanners that are available outside of the realm of "new production:"
    http://www.largeformatphotography.info/scan-comparison/

    Many of us are running old scanners and of course these have not been eclipsed by newer offerings whatsoever.

    If you are looking to make a comprehensive list of scanners that can do LF film as a reference, you should consider adding in all possible scanners, and perhaps make a spreadsheet for various data points such as: max scanning area, type of scanner (flatbed, drum, etc.), usable OS (Windows XP/7/10, Mac OS9/OSX, etc.), software available, and whatever else. This will be useful to the community at large, not just for your search.

    Might I suggest a Google Docs spreadsheet that can be editable by approved users. You could add people willing to add pertinent info to the document. For instance I would be happy to add data for the Screen Cezanne, Microtek M1, and Agfa T2500 - the 3 LF-capable scanners I have owned and used over the years. I would recommend Pali for some good data points on various drum scanners and high end flatbeds.

    This isn't a suggestion to redo that scanner test - just basic data points on capability and such. Looking back at legacy scanners, there is a huge number available, sometimes very inexpensively, if you are willing to work within the limitations (SCSI, OS, etc.). For instance the Agfa I mentioned above was a really good scanner, better than an Epson I think in some respects, and cost me $50.
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    Re: A convenient list of scanners capable of scanning 4x5?

    I think the original intent is to gather data here before we decide whether to make a more polished document, Bryan.

    While some here are able to spend drum-scanner money on their hobby (or profession) I think there's also interest at the lower end (and often second hand). It does seem that scanning large negatives/slides is even more of a niche industry than making the things in the first place

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    Re: A convenient list of scanners capable of scanning 4x5?

    I have a HP G4050, but recently I have gone down the DSLR route. If you already have a DSLR it's pretty cost effective and I get better scans in terms of sharpness, tonality and Dmax than I ever got with my flatbed. I don't have a fancy system, just a Canon 6d, a tripod, a light panel and a 50 2.5 macro. Easy to set up but being good with a spirit level is pretty much essential to make things run smoothly. I shoot 8 fine jpegs and stitch them together, I found shooting raw to be very slow, YMMV. Best thing about it is that everything you need is dual use, and easily available and upgradable, and if you shoot digitally you probably have the expensive parts of the scanner already. I only had to buy the macro lens (second hand) and the light panel so total set up cost was less than 200.

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