I know I've asked this forum two times before. Once about flatbed vs. drum scanners. And once about Imacon flextight scanners. I'd like to say thank you for your patience and all your answers
Actually I decided to buy a used Imacon 343 or 646. But, the 343 seems currently not to be available on the market for used scanners.The used 646 onces are offered at about 6.000 $ (US). This amount makes me thinking if it wouldn't be better to buy a used "entry" level drum scanner if such kind of devices are really available. May be they are cheaper too.
My requirements: Resolution of 3200 spi (or better) at 16 (or 14) bit color depth is enough and the D_max should be > 4.0. I've only 35mm and MF films, b/w and color negatives (more seldom) and slides (more often). Furthermore the device shouldn't be to big/heavy if possible. It should fit on my desk.
How much work/experience does it take to learn the right mounting of the films to the drum? Can it be done only be wet mounting or is "dry" mounting also possible? Do I get support/refurbishment/repair service for used (may be older) drum scanners? How are the connected to the computer, i.e. SCSI, Firewire, other interfaces?
Any hint/tip/suggestion would be greatly appreciated!