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.