Monday, January 21, 2008

Scanner Dilemma

I'm looking for advise on buying a large-format scanner. (Semi-large I guess, in the grand scope of things.) You know, one that can scan 11x17. I went and got myself a large format printer a while back. (OK, again in the grand scope of things it's not that large, but it prints 13-inch wide by up to 44-inch long, so it it fits my needs.) Now I have a dilemma. What to do once the art is finished.

I have scanned in two pieces and combined them in Photoshop. Sometimes this works fine. Others times I don't get the results I want, and end up spending way too much time fixing things. (And this time it's not working at all!) When I want a really good, professional scan I head down the street and fork out $50. That's what I was ready to do again, then I started thinking. If I put that towards a scanner each time, I could have my very own!

I've been doing some research, and found one under $200. But I wonder how good it is? (Although it has to be better than what I've been using.) I noticed after this price-point there is a huge jump. It looks like there are some nice ones for $1500 and up. But that is out of my price range right now. So I'm wondering what are other illustrators are using? Any recommendations on 11x17 scanners?

*The one pictured above is pretty cool isn't it! It's the Epson Expression 10000XL Large-Format Flatbed Photo Scanner. But at $2,729.93 that is out of the question. The one that's more in my budget is the Mustek Scan Express A3 1200 Pro USB Large Format Scanner.


June said...

Some illustrators have been discussing the Epson GT-15000 Professional Scanner, but apparently in USA it isn't any good with Macs, though if you are on a PC it might be worth checking it out! I think it has been around for a while so you might find the price is reasonable. (Amazon price)
(Epson website for details)
Haven't got one myself, so I don't know any more... sorry!

Goomie said...

Hi Gail,

I think Laura Jacobsen has a large scanner. You might want to ask her about it. I would love to have one myself, but like you I don't want to pay over $1,000 for one right now.
See you at the next meeting!

gail said...

Thanks June! I do have a PC. I think that is the one someone else mentioned getting as a refurbished model. That might be an option to keep the price down. And Epson does have a good reputation.

Hey Goomie! Oh, good thinking. I'll see what Laura uses. See you soon!

I really was wondering about that Mustek at $170 with the next competitor staring at $1000. Someone just filled me in on the trouble she had with her Mustek's.

I did find a Plustek model that just came out in Nov. that runs for under $600. At least that's more in the middle price wise. It's too new to find reviews on it. I'll have to do a little more research.